This leads to only a supernatural power could have created the original matter that was the source of the "Big Bang" and kicked-off life as we know it. God offers an explanation for the natural and supernatural which man-made doctrines do not account for. Moreover, Jesus showed those the power of the supernatural through miracles and His physical body's defeat over death resurrection. "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).”
The Christians are monotheistic in beliefs, meaning that Christians believe in only one God. The Anglo-Saxons on the other followed paganism, meaning the Anglo-Saxon people believed in many gods. Having the main hero of a myth that originated in pagan culture make references to the god of another religion, that would be considered not only a crime of blasphemy in Christianity and showing disrespect the pagan’s gods and beliefs as well. The third, and probably the biggest, place we see evidence of Christianity in the story of Beowulf is the character of Beowulf and how similar he is to Jesus. Beowulf 's character is very much similar to that of Jesus ' in many ways.
This could be interpreted as a personification of god because being an “artificer” and the ab... ... middle of paper ... ...e of ourselves, but simply to preserve ourselves as nature intended (Discourses 8:23). Epictetus’s god is not a caring, personal god as a cursory glance at the texts might have someone believe. While at first glance it may seem as though Epictetus’s god appears to be a personal god, a closer look at the texts reveal that his god is a pantheistic one who is not at all like the personal god of monotheism. His god is one with the universe and the true essence of his god is the rationality of intelligence, right reason, and knowledge while a personal god is a separate entity from the world but cares and watches over from above. Although both Epictetus’s god and the personal god of monotheism are both all good and all powerful, they are so in very different ways.
This falls within the division of Gnosticism in which the Old Testament God is depicted as evil for both Marcion and the Gnostics. Marcion would argue that “Christ and the gospel of the benevolent God had nothing to do with anything in this world” (Cahana 57). This exemplifies his belief in a world that is sinful that must be saved by the spiritual world. The idea of the nature of God is fairly new during this time in Christianity and even ideas of good and evil where only just being discussed. The controversy deepened divisions between Christians by introducing ideas such as different views of God’s nature, and adding to many different sects of Christianity today.
So he decided to approach the issue from a different angle. He believed that God exists and is good. That meant that God was incapable of creating evil, meaning something else must be its source. That lead him to conclude in two ideas. First, that all things that God created are good, evil is not good, therefore, evil could not have been created by God.
Hume believes miracles do not exist. If something of the supernatural does happen it is not really supernatural it is part of nature, we just don not experience it often so we consider it to be supernatural or a miracle. Kant believes miracles have no role to play except in the rise and spread of a religion. Kant says miracles have no role to play in validating a religion since the truth of religion can be supplied by reason alone. The difference between Kant and Hume is that Kant resists the idea that miracles are a violation of the laws of nature and considers them to be outside of the laws of nature.
There are things of this world that can clearly not be seen, for example the Lord, and also things that cannot be reproduced such as Christ’s virgin birth or his resurrection. These miracles are impossible and could only be done by the hands of a higher being. This is why science really does not have a say when it comes to miracles. Also secular scientists, even Christian scientists use the “scientific method” to obtain answers to their problems. However, the scientific method is applied to solve the discoveries of a natural world, not ones of a supernatural world.
The two major societies presented in Beowulf are the Danes and Geats and they are supposed to completely represent Christianity and just that, however; paganism was seeped into the epic poem purposely by the author. As they have to suffer under Grendel’s constant attacks, the Danes “turn to their heathen gods for help” and “at pagan shrines they vowed offerings to idols, swore oaths that the killer of souls might come to their aid” which are all things that Pagans would do (175-177). Because the author has Christian rulers but has them doing what Pagans would do in this same situation his goal in presented. This is exactly what Pagans do, they worship Gods and ask them for materialistic things such as winning wars and battles.
Hinduism and Christianity are two examples of religion that is both great and influential. Some modern thinkers have concluded that there is no ethical and moral teaching in Hinduism because there are no Ten Commandments which are code of life and the basic foundation of ethical teachings of Christianity. The teachings of Hinduism are very loose when it comes to the religion. Its tolerance to add and integrate religions causes a very prominent difference to Christianity. Though these two religions differ greatly, their ethics in moral conduct is in the end the same.
The existence of God is independent of us just as the planets of Jupiter and Saturn are independent of human existence. The independence of God from us makes him prone to human weaknesses. For instance, Christians proclaim that their God is god but it is obvious to state that the religion - Christianity in itself has not been good as expected. For instance, when one sees