In my life on this planet I have come to question many things that many take on as blind faith. We all know that someday we will 'physically' die, Yet, we continuously deny the forces working inside ourselves which want to search out the true outcome of what may or may not come after death. It's far easier for humanity to accept that they will go on to a safe haven and be forgiven for all, rather than to question the existence of a super omnipotent being. Fortunately, there are some of us who tend to question the why's and how's that come before us. We question the creation of humanity and the religious teachings received from our parents, our church and our society.
The question involved this: “If God is such a good deity and loves his creations so much, why does he allow so many bad things to happen?” This query rocked my world and sent disbelief flying through the most solid areas of my Christian foundation. Suddenly, I was no longer looking at the world the same way, and I had doubts about everything that I had ever been taught. Examining the very foundation of one’s being can really put a damper on one’s theology. I searched and searched for an answer, but never found one that sufficed. It never made sense to me that God would allow suffering and heartache, but no matter what I found, the question remained.
I wish this myth was a true revelation; unfortunately, no one is immune to suffering regardless of one’s socioeconomic, religious, cultural backgrounds. This disillusionment has led some to question the legitimacy of their faith and devotion. According to Malpas & Lickiss (2012), people have inferred that continued human suffering is inconsistent with the depiction of an all-wise, loving Creator. This shows that even faithful persons could occasionally fall prey to doubts during a time great sorrow. As Christians, we must understand suffering is a part of our design and without it there will be no growth in our love for Christ.
An antichrist might be an individual who completely follows God all the time, but does not accept Jesus as Christ because they have been misled. When a soul has been misled the Christian community should not fear and treat the person as if they were the devil, but instead the Christian community as suggested by David Jackman, needs to hear God’s truth. “Historically this has provided the Christian church with motivation for mission” (70). This passage tells us the belief systems that have been crafted through the schism, may have some truth in their teachings. Christians do not even need to reintroduce “the appalling horrors of the Crusaders” (Jackman, 70) by trying to abolish anyone who goes against God.
However, without the occurrence and account of Jesus’ resurrection, the Christian faith would, arguably, not exist (Wright, 2003, P.625). Therefore, the creation and continuation of the Christian faith can be viewed as the historical evidence for the Biblical account of the resurrection of Christ. Following on from this, many religious events are challenging to prove but if all Biblical events could be historically proven religion would be fact, not faith. Therefore, the lack of logical explanation regarding the resurrection of Jesus provides believers with the opportunity to take a leap of faith, which is what makes religion unique: it
What do you see as the crucial issued/question in regard to this question? The fear of the unknown is one of the most crucial issues about life after death. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind, 2 Timothy 1:7. The scripture is our surety that those who accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior then we will receive the gift of everlasting life according to John 3:16. The Abrahamic teaching of the resurrection is the foundation of the Christianity; And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith, I Corinthians 15:14.
Which I... ... middle of paper ... ...out is the cross. There are stories of how Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of past and present sins of men. However, we as Christians cannot form a personal connection with the cross. Bultmann adds to this argument by stating that the cross and resurrection work hand in hand, meaning that the cross is the place for true salvation. He is fast to say the many are eager to preach the word of God, however, this does not mean that you are in good standing with God.
This view, again, realizes the possibility that the Church is not living or creating friendship, stewardship, or fellowship between their members, selves or others leading to a failure to live as Lewis maps out: Christ came to restore harmony that would heal disunion between self, neighbor and God. As mentioned above this was the time of modern and post-modern thinks, from Nietzsche finally to Rorty, revolutionizing the mindsets of past decades. Understood because the premises are now true therefore the argument can not only be valid but sound as described in notes.
The Resurrection validates who Jesus is. If Jesus is not Resurrected everything about Him is invalidated. Furthermore, it invalidates who we are as followers of Christ; the passage where this truth is emphasized more than any other is in Paul’s writing of First Corinthians 15:12-19: Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.
These allegations cannot be easily put aside, for they strike directly at our understanding of salvation. The New Testament is known as the last and definite revelation of God, through Jesus Christ. The events are no longer th... ... middle of paper ... ... the death and resurrection of Jesus. In fact, this is the main reason their definition of faith and salvation differ. What sets Paul apart from Jesus, is also the massive interest in the Holy Spirit and the Gentle mission, his negative attitude toward the Old Testament, and teachings on the church as a ‘body’.