Whatever my ideas were before studying Paul, he has always been the linch-pin to my faith, my firm belief that Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead, which confirms his authority as the true Messiah. Without Paul, one can doubt the existence of the resurrection and dismiss the other Apostles’ resurrection experiences as some sor... ... middle of paper ... ...effect on my soul. Now, as never before, the words “Christ crucified” are highly significant in my perception of what it means to partake of communion and to be a Christian. Aside from Paul’s theological works, the most significant addition to my faith development has been the exposure to the pistis Christou debate. The idea of having “faith in Christ” has always presented me with a spiritual challenge.
He ex... ... middle of paper ... ...human, we are not redeemed and are still living hopeless lives in sin. Christian tradition as we know it today has been greatly influenced by the incarnation of Jesus and the redemption provided by His death and resurrection. If Jesus had not come down to earth from heaven and taken on human nature, our Bibles would be extremely different and we would still be offering sacrifices in temples to atone for our sins. We wouldn’t be able to personally encounter God, because the veil would never have been torn. The idea that Jesus was both God and human in nature is impossible to completely understand, but it is vital to the validity of the message Jesus preached during his time as a human being on earth.
The Bible will never be able to be put into a beaker and tested so that any individual will be able to see for himself that all that Christians claim to believe is in fact one hundred percent proven fact. There are certain things in life that require faith such as belief in the Bible as divine revelation and faith in God itself. If our faith could be proven then what room would we be leaving for the faith needed for salvation that Jesus talked about. I am glad to have had a chance to rediscover the importance of my faith through this reading assignment.
They did not have anything to gain per... ... middle of paper ... ...them were seeing the same hallucination at the same time. And if the Apostles were only seeing hallucinations, why didn't Christ's enemies point out His body in the tomb? Also, Thomas did not believe the Apostles until he had actually seen Jesus and felt his wounds. The fourth commonly used argument against the Resurrection is the claim Christ had not actually risen, but the Apostle's memory of Him was so strong they used the Resurrection story as a symbol that Christ was still alive in their lives. The Gospels proclaim that the resurrected Jesus was a living man of flesh and blood.
The Calvinists also hold to the fact that because our salvation rest solely on His sacrifice and is not the work of the believer, “all condemnation is forever removed”, Romans 8:1 (Chafer,... ... middle of paper ... ...orary it’s hard to imagine something that will last forever. But, I believe when Christ was on the cross and He said, “Is is finished...” (John 19:30) He truly meant it. Once an individual accepts Christ as his or her Savior he or she is His child for all eternity. Works Cited Chafer, Lewis Sperry, and John F. Walvoord. Major Bible Themes; 52 Vital Doctrines of the Scripture Simplified and Explained.
By Christian standards, it was the moment when we were forgiven of our sins and the gap between God and us was closed. But, how did it work? Like, through what process did His death achieve this feat? Well, to answer this, you must keep in mind that God is all powerful. He can do anything he wants and he doesn 't have to conform to the laws of nature and physics, as we understand them.
The devil worked throughout the entire time to see that Jesus would fail His father. However he could have never counted on what he thought would be his final blow would turn into the greatest victory for God, the cross. The Resurrection meant Christians never again had to fear death or
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3,16).” In Christianity, we can see throughout the bible especially in the new testament that Jesus recited parables that helped us to understand what heaven was like and how to achieve it. Jesus played the main role in bringing attention to salvation in our lives. In Hinduism however, they didn 't have one divine figure walk on the earth, in fact, they had many walks the face of the earth. But just like Jesus, there is someone who gets the last say in Hinduism when deciding your fate. “According to Madhva (AD 1238 - 1317), liberation can be attained only by the grace of Vishnu.
Although the New Agers will agree that Jesus Christ is God, his world view will always compel him to say that Jesus is no more God than anyone else. In the Christian religion, Jesus is separated from the rest of humanity in fact that he is demonstrated as divine. In my opinion, I do not think that I could consider myself as equal with God or Jesus, therefore I personally did not believe in some aspects of this religion. (Lewis. 1992, p.48) In choosing this religion as my area of research, I never realized the complexity of the topic.
I never put the puzzle piece together until I learned the theological background of this passage. This completely ties into TKU’s statement of faith where they too believe Jesus was “eternally preexistent with the Father and the Holy Spirit.” I love that Ridderbos taught us the value and importance of distinguishing God’s voice from either God, or the Word and also between the Father and the Son. I enjoyed learning more in depth theology about John 1:6-7. For example, I did not know that this is decisive evidence that the prologue is not in complete unity. That was something that challenged me to look up and get more details on because I like when certain little details point to evidence.