He enlightens us on the fact yes, many of us truly do seek God, but we are oftentimes clouded by our own thoughts and desires. As soon as man begins to look for the truth and look for the good in God’s grace, we have ambitious intentions, such as to further our own wisdom. Is it truly an evil to further our own wisdom? This is one thing that comes to mind when dealing with this article for me. For every reason we seek god though, it in someway has a selfish reasoning behind it, even if not harmful intent.
We are justified to believe in God because He has been proven to exist by several different examples that we experience here on earth, including physical, moral, and intellectual. Even though we cannot see him with our own eyes, we see and experience the evidence of his work. We have experienced God through our senses, through our morals and the way we live our lives, and through the simple definition of the word God. Philosophy is a difficult subject because it uses arguments that play with the meaning of words, and looks at things from a very different perspective. Although these arguments do not necessarily produce a definite, obvious answer, they do prove a point that is difficult to counteract.
Anselm’s Proslogion though does not stop at belief with uncertainty, it seeks to understand and comprehend God. This is the most puzzling to me, that one can have understanding in an uncertain belief, in faith, the prerequisite of which is founded on having an uncertain and unverifiable belief. This problem becomes greater when considering that the belief is on the existence of God. However, Anselm has thus fixed this with the presupposition that God is conceivable. This is certainly the problem that puzzled me throughout the reading.
At the same time, I can perceive in various people a certain movement that the conventional church fails to recognize because it’s not explicit doctrine. It involves personal responsibility, empathy, and most importantly, a humility in oneself concerning the fate of their own soul, in favor of the well-being of others. I believe the artists among them are doing powerful things, I believe that the whole world sees it, and I further believe that God works through them. In a world that mocks Christ, they unknowingly embrace him with open arms, more by the more. This paper may be more about art rather than the specific topic of (graphic) design, but I find the discussion broken if a single element is isolated.
Inventing a God in this situation would allow light to be shed on these situations. God is something that many people live for and center their lives around. When someone believes in God they receive a sense of inner peace from God and allow themselves to use this peace to interact with others. In reality, I see God in everyone and everything, but I also see unnecessary hatred. Looking at the way in which we interact with each other now, with the belief of God present, I notice that our relations are nowhere near perfect.
What, then, is biblical worship? While one may read through the Scriptures and find many examples of worship, a succinct definition of what it is a bit more difficult to produce. Elmer Towns writes, “We struggle for words to describe worship of our all-powerful, all-sufficient, all-knowing, ever-present God.”1 Words that encapsulate all of this are indeed elusive, however as each instance of worship is revealed in the Bible there is one underlying concept that provides a great understanding of worship: relationship. Worship is the... ... middle of paper ... ... done (Psalms 33, 47:1-2; Romans 11:33-36). Scripture is replete with examples of people whose emotions flowed from their true knowledge and experience of God.
There is no other commandment greater than these.” The biggest problem with the church is that we can not perfectly carry out these commands. Fortunately, God uses imperfect beings for His perfect will. The church from it’s conception constantly fails loving the Lord with all it’s heart. The Israelites were always loving other idols. We, the church, fill our hearts with other things to love above God.
The author of Hebrews describes the Bible as "the very word of God". ( Hebrews 4:12, New International Version) One of the greatest examples of this is in the very beginning of Hebrews. It starts out by stating, "spoke along time ago to the fathers in the prophets." ( Hebrews 1:1, New International Version) This passages is uniquely profound for not only does it give context of the awareness of the Old Testament, but it also recognizes the ability of God to inspire writing. Another subtle way the Bible declares its inspiration is through the way it quotes God or the Holy Spirit.
Essentially, this simple word unravels many complex definitions. Fundamentalists hold to its brighter meanings, while many skeptics frown from even the sound of it. In spite of anyone’s concept, it is a necessary task that deserves appropriate methodology when dealing with it. General logic should convince us of the importance of evangelism. Our world constantly changes through our beliefs.
There are countless aspects that we could attribute to God. That he is eternal, immutable, infinite, the list goes on and on. However, one attribute of God that I found to be the most interesting and overall shocking to ask is whether we as humans have free will if God knows all things. This question has forever been a sense of conflict in my eyes, if God knew all things and knew how I would react in every situation then what is the point of this life? What then is the point to even believe in a God that would knowingly send me out into this world already knowing exactly how I would react to every situation?