Christian worldview’s response to the problem of evil and suffering is a reality because they are born into a broken world in the result of the fall (Hiles & Smith, 2014). Christians understand that “suffering increases our compassion and equips us to comfort others who suffer” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Also, Christians understand that Jesus died for humanity to gain eternal life. If people reject the purifying death of Jesus, then they will suffer the consequences of God’ rebellion (Gockel, 2009). This means that God will not save them, nor force them to believe in Him; in which they will be condemning themselves to suffer.
After all, humans are created in God’s image, and possess great value, so Jesus would preach this message and demonstrate how people could live this message out in their lives, in relation to assisting those with a mental illness. Luke’s Gospel empowers its readers to be involved in evangelisation. As a model of social justice, Jesus demonstrated the challenges that are faced when associating with outcasts, and the Catholic Church bases their teachings on Jesus’ mission. People with mental illness are a perfect example of those who; at times, are isolated, but in turn, can be assisted with acts of social justice that reflect principles in the Catechism and the Scripture. Essentially, the call to social justice can only truly be fulfilled by altering the structural nature of poverty, and providing aid for the impoverished.
They still teach Christians, old and new, about the Kingdom and God's love for them. Today's society may be non-religious, but some parables are not just about Christianity but humanity in general. 'The Good Samaritan', instructs not only on how to be a good Christian but also, how to be a neighbourly human being. The teachings of Jesus, about our neighbours and outcasts, through parables make not only a good foundation for Christian communities, but for any society.
The preaching of repentance was particularly important for the disciples as they were to spread the good news which was that if one does truly repent, then they will be welcomed into the Kingdom of God. 16:16- "Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned". Today, the tasks of the apostles have similar meanings. To cast out devils is to fight injustice and do the will of God and to anoint the sick is basically to care for them. Modern disciples will still try to preach the gospel and spread the word of God.
In many of the stories that talk about Christ healing, reference were made to that fact that it was faith and belief that healed and not the actual touch that created the miracle. White (2011) “Marvelous will be the transformation wrought in him who by faith opens the door of the heart to the savoir” (p.51). We must always have to have a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude shows compassion, to show compassion you have to be attentive, and use your active listening skills to truly understand what your patient needs are to empathize with what they are going through. When you show empathy they can tell that you care about their well-being and that it goes beyond the job and a paycheck.
These bible quotes are telling Christians that they must show their devotion to their faith through deeds and actions in their daily lives. Christians strive to emulate Jesus, and throughout the bible can be seen examples of Jesus' compassion towards others; through his simple acts of kindness as well as his performing of miracles. He healed the blind and the sick, raised the dead and freed those oppressed by "evil spirits". He used his power to help others, and is this way he was teaching his followers through example - we should do everything within our own power to perform good deeds. Another relevant quote here is; "whatsoever you did to the least of my brethren, ye did it unto me".
Suicide victims can seek comfort and help from their local pastor or peers. Furthermore, religion helps troubled people by giving them values to base themselves on which can prevent them from doing ill-conceived things that the religion talks about in scripture. One case is how Christianity frowns upon suicide as if it were self-murder and helps people by telling them that they are an important “creation of God”. It gives value to a person’ self which can increase their self-esteem or self-worth. Also, it can help them to obtain their understanding of why they belong in the world rather than the question of how they belong.
Christians' Beliefs About Justice, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Some Christians believe in justice and peace to solve problems, others believe in forgiveness and reconciliation to be the basis of Christians, I will explain these in detail. Some Christians believe on justice in the world, this is the belief of the Catechism of Catholic Church, according to the Gospel we must love our neighbours and enemy as we love ourselves, as mentioned in Matthew 5:43- 46. We can also recognize the importance of Justice is to Christians from Old Testaments such as Deuteronomy 16:20, Isaiah 1:17, Isaiah 61:8, and Colossians 4:1 from the New Testament. Justice to Christians enables them to become better Christians and have their sins forgiven by God when they treat others fairly. Other world religions such as Buddhism, Jainism and Baha'i emphasise the importance of justice in their prayers.
How Modern Christians try to Follow Jesus and How This Influences Their Lives Christians today continue to follow in Jesus' footsteps by spreading the word of God. They do this to make a difference and to show how much they love life and others around them. They feel that they have to share the energy that God has given them and to use their compassion and courage to touch the lives of others. In this essay I will show how each person I studied, followed Jesus in a unique way and how He has influenced their lives. The first person I studied was Mother Teresa.
My discourse community teaches a person about faith, love, and everything a person will ever need in life. Jesus encourages people, and supports people when they fail. Being a Christian motivates me and gives me a meaning of life. Being saved is easy, but the hard part is following his guidelines. He knows people are going to make a lot of mistakes in life, but the fact that he doesn’t judge them is amazing.