This is why Augustine believes that Genesis should be taken in a spiritual approach rather than a literal one because the idea of creation is something we as humans can’t truly comprehend when even time itself is something that is an uncertain creation made by man. We may never know how everything around us came into being, but after reading the Confessions, I see Genesis in a whole new light. Even though many of the things seem possible yet at the same time surreal, it still is true when one reads it with faith and strong conviction that God has done all of these
There are several ways in which we can be assured that what we are taught about Jesus is true and not just made up. These are called our faith sources. These sources, like the Bible and other sources of information about Jesus have accounts of Jesus’ life. The most important part of these faith sources is the Christian Scriptures. Although the Christian Scriptures are one of the most valuable tools we have to learn about Jesus there are also the Gospels, and also other non-biblical, and non-Christian accounts of Jesus’ life that we can consider when trying to answer the question How can we be sure that what we are taught about Jesus is true and not just made up?
The course itself mostly refined my views on the Bible, but there were some minor changes as well. After taking this course, I still believe that Jesus Christ is both God and man as well as the Bible being the inspired word of God. The course itself only brought more support to both of these views that I believed in at week one. I would say that my views on the Bible were refined in the sense that my views on the Bible have more depth to them now than my views previously had during the first week of the course. Many of the views that I previously had that could be classified as traditional Church views were changed slightly, such as now, I believe that the first three Gospels were written according to either the Griesbach hypothesis or the Mark-Mathew hypothesis because of the similarities the first three Gospels have with each other.
This book in my eyes was like no other because of all themes of the bible it taught me and also made me honestly believe in the bible a lot more. The most important thing in believing in the bible is to most importantly have faith, because without faith you have nothing. This book taught me to take an orderly approach on depicting the bible in my own way to get a way better understanding. What the book stressed was two issues: historical credibility and spiritual benefit. Believe it or not, not to many people believe in the bible.
In the context of this reading we get ... ... middle of paper ... ...ying to convey. The Gospels are cited on numerous occasions throughout the book to give Nolan a backbone throughout the text. I agreed with him on most of his statements in the book because he was more than convincing in getting his point across. He had a goal of showing Jesus to us from a historical point of view, and I think he did just that. I was very impressed with the context of this text because Nolan refers to the Bible to try and answer some of the ultimate questions that we spend our whole lives trying to answer.
It’s just going to take time to know which one is the less dangerous thinking for humanity. Now there’s a lot of reasoning behind both of these beliefs and the research has given excellent information for both predestination and free will, with a touch of mixed views in there as well. It all started with people wondering is God letting humanity have the free will of choosing their own paths, or not letting us have a choice at all and predestination is our whole life. Predestination is one of those subjects that is to be believed that God has already chosen certain people. People tend to believe this because in the bible Jesus used the Greek word “eklektos” to refer back to those who God chose to come to His kingdom when the end times come.
Reading Report One “Paramount and Permanent Authority of the Bible” explained how people today perceive the Bible. John A. Broadus points out several interesting points on how Christians today have contradicted what the Bible says on many different occasions to make it say what we really want it to. Broadus starts off by saying how some people believe that the Bible “contains the word of God” instead of believing that it is actually the word of God. He begins to tell those who say it only contains His words that we must understand that even though we may not always interpret what the Bible has to say the right way, we must realize that the words of the Bible are still the truth that comes from God alone. John Broadus also addresses the
The parables are an important part of the Gospels because they are like quotes from Jesus and therefore an even more direct summary of what he came to preach to us about. Even though some of the parables differ from gospel to gospel still the direct message is the same with the s... ... middle of paper ... ... us. (Bible Notes) Personally, I think that the Gospels are like a cliffs notes for the entire message that God has sent us through Jesus. They are like a special aid to help us more fully understand how God fulfilled his covenant with us. It is like the sequel to the Old Testament.
Porter suggests using the translation theory when looking to go beyond the bible. He believes one should carefully examine the core of what is being said in scripture, and then translate it into today’s language. Beyond the Bible is full of useful insights regarding how to apply scripture to doctrine and everyday life. Marshall, Vanhoozer, and Porter are all well-educated theologians. How to faithfully apply Scripture to everyday life is not conclusively agreed upon and laid out in this book, but it pushes readers to think about biblical interpretation in new ways.
Some of the parables had more than just one thing to gather from them. All of the parables can be found in the Bible under the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The reasons for the use of Jesus’s parables were for someone to be able to fathom more easily, to be more interesting so a person could remember more vividly, so that Jesus could safely use them without being charged with crime for it, and as he spoke in Matthew that the listeners would have a more firm knowledge of the Kingdom of Heaven. Through these few reasons it can be perceived that there was such utter importance of Jesus using parables when he would teach a lesson.