The life of Jesus is described in the Four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Church has taken this knowledge amongst other writings in the bible to develop Christology. I will now discuss how the early church during the first five centuries has developed its understanding of the person of Christ from this. The Christian movement probably began from many different centres, where different groups of disciples of Jesus gathered and tried to ma... ... middle of paper ... ...osed of rational soul and body; consubstantial with the Father as to his divinity and consubstantial with us as to his humanity; "like us in all things but sin". He was begotten from the Father before all ages as to his divinity and in these last days, for us and for our salvation, was born as to his humanity of the virgin Mary, the Mother of God.91’ http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p122a3p1.htm As we have seen the early Church faced many conflicts and difficulties whilst trying to understand the Person of Jesus, through their thinking and understanding and teaching we now have the Catholic teaching we know and teach today .
Introduction: Jesus came to the earth thousands of years ago to save mankind. During his time on earth he taught many people and performed different types of miracles. From the miracles and teachings of Jesus, those around him, specifically the apostles, viewed him in various ways. Closely analyzing the gospels, one can see the different portraits of Jesus presented by each apostle, such as, the promised Messiah, a miracle worker with mighty power, the Savoir of all, and the divine Son of God. Although the apostles viewed Jesus differently, each portrait is still a proper representation of who Jesus was.
The little black boy is able to understand now he is a sacrifice because his skin is tougher than that of the angle like white boy. But one day god will consider him as an equal in the afterlife. In 1788, William Cowper wrote The Negro’s Complaint in support of the ending of the trade in slaves. The black persona Cowper creates questions his captors understanding of God. He doesn’t understand why God has enslaved him.
Cone's mission was to bring blackness and Christianity together.”# In 1969, Cone published Black Theology and Black Power. In this book, Cone brought attention to racism in theology and proposes a theology addressing black issues, this theology would provide liberation and empowerment of blacks and “create a new value structures so that our understanding of blackness will not depend upon European misconceptions.”# From these convictions, the idea of black liberation theology was created. Black relate Christianity to the struggles they have endured, therefore it has to be black. “In a society where men are defined on the basis of color of the victims, proclaiming that the condition of the poor is incongruous with him who has come to liberate us.”
This is the reason why blacks are on a ‘quest’ for a Black messiah. White theology makes it seem as though God’s word is oriented toward white people and not black people. White theology is limited in its interpretation of the Christian faith as far as other races are concerned because Whites never conceived the “Black Jesus walking in the ghettos”. The tragedy of the interpretations of Jesus Christ is that in His name, the most ... ... middle of paper ... ...our differences, or view them as causes for separation and suspicion” but use them to unite us together to make a change. Today, people of all races should be able to identify with Jesus and see His humanity.
Black Theology was developed by early theologians because Black people needed something to believe in and give them help in times of need. The idea of Black Th... ... middle of paper ... ...her and to God. Much of the dualism described by Kelly sounds universal. Is there some figment of basic human tendency that divides one’s self from within or without? Works Cited DeOtis Roberts, "Black Theology in the Making," Review and Expositor 70 (Summer 1973):328 Emmanuel McCall, "Black Liberation Theology: A Politics of Freedom," Review and Expositor 73 (Summer 1976):330; cf.
In John 1 of the Bible it talks about the word being with God, the word was God and He was with God in the beginning. This verse shows the homoousios relationship of the Father and the Son. This creed distinguishes the two separate roles of the Father and the Son, and the need for each position and then shows the uniqueness of the relationship. The Early Church was clarifying the Old Testament to the New Testament with the Nicene Creed, in regards to the New Testament stating that Jesus was with God all ways, and Jesus having the ability of forgiveness of sin here on earth. Needing to show the New Testament does not contradict the Old Testament (Highfield, R. 2008).
Furthermore, the Bible teaches that the Christian believer has a vigorous and personal relationship with God through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5, 8:26-28). The contemporary pastor equipped with holy doctrine and intimate fellowship with the Holy Spirit, becomes a conduit to declare the message of Christ to the world. Knowledge Scripture teaches that God reveals Himself when man endeavors to seek and learn of Him (Matt. 7:7-8). God is involved in creation (Heb.
This document also sought after to inspire Black African Americans to discover self worth along with pride in their inheritance. This led Walker to state that black people should be like Moses, stating that Moses “had rather suffer shame, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ve been thinking of this strongly stated statement in Walker’s Appeal. Generally I discovered Walker’s Appeal is an inspiring document that could provoke anyone to fight for the rights of man and freedom. I found it interesting how Walker had such a broad knowledge of Roman, Greek and Egyptian cultures to support his views on “colored people of these United States are the most degraded, wretched, and abject set of beings that ever lived since the world began” (3). Also I acknowledged how Walker had certain themes in the text that were also repetitive in the story of Frederick Douglass himself.
The questions and responses that were debated by the early Christian Fathers proved Jesus humanity and His divinity. They referenced the scriptures in their debates and their decisions were guided by the Holy Spirit. The creed that resulted from the Council of Nicea is still used in many churches today. The creed unified the Christian beliefs and defined the relationship between God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. It states that as Christians we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.