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’. In my opinion, Paul taught a doctrine that opposed teachings attributed to Jesus. He replaced Jesus’ selfless actions with a selfish desire to gain the gift of salvation. Despite the widespread, uncritical adulation of Paul by those who listen to others instead of thinking for themselves, Thomas Jefferson, wrote in a letter to James Smith, that “Paul was the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus.” (Works, 1829 edition, vol.4, p.327.) And finally, English playwright quoted “it would be a better world if Paul had never been born.”
He doesn’t believe that the bible is credited to the word of god, but it is by someone who has just created their own stories and accounts the one and only Jesus Christ. Thomas Paine’s argues is that there is a god, but it is his own mind and not what a book of stories that have been written with no accountability. Thomas Paine states that he believes in the good of man instead of an organized religion. We make our own choices based on our own being rather than what someone who is supernatural tells us. Empirical falsehoods are stated throughout the book.
Christian history is one of the first and most obvious reasons why some people dislike the Christian faith. Here we review some of the great tribulations of the “Christian” religion: evangelical movements in the Old and New worlds, Salem witch trials, Crusades, the Inquisition, and so on. In his essay “Why I Am Not a ... ... middle of paper ... .... 7:1-5). There is a way to judge without making people feel hated or rejected. Judge without malice or hate, and always communicate in a respectful, loving manner.
(HCT: 294) Barth also wrote the well publicized Church Dogmatics, a thirteen volume, unfinished work of church writings where he attacked all "natural theology," and all human efforts to understand God. Karl Barth disagreed with many of the beliefs of liberal thinkers such as Harnack and Schleiermacher. Liberal Protestants believed religion originates and centers around the self-individual and experiences. Barth disagreed with the human experience belief because he felt, "revelation is God’s self offering and self manifestation." He also felt without revelation we would not know God, and to know God we must manifest.
Then, Wright provides historical background for these statements, and through the use of textual evidence, Wright creates claims of his own that either augment or debunk the analyzed assertions. Finally, Wright wraps everything up by circling back and effectively answering the three original questions with his evidence-based claims, effectively identifying Jesus for who he was, what he did, and why he matters. First off, Wright attempts to explain who Jesus actually was, stating that many Christians aren’t completely grasping his true identity. Wright uses his “perfect storm” analogy to explain the reasons people don’t fully understand Jesus. Skepticism of Christianity, extreme Christian conservatism, and the complexity of Jesus’s history create the ultimate combination that entrenches the difficulty of understanding Jesus as a person.
Bultmann, who was heavily influenced by existentialist philosophy, notes that the realm of existential faith is much different than the realm of science and history, and he proposes an analogical alternative for scripture that is within this faith realm. For Schubert Ogden this solution works but needs to be adjusted. He has two valid critiques of Bultmann’s proposition: it does not provide an analogy with which to understand a demythologized God, and it reverts back to myth in describing Christ’s significance. Ogden develops solutions that successfully address both of the problems he finds in Bultmann. He proposes a meaningful analogy of God and God's action while maintaining the existentialist subjectivity of Bultmann, and he presents a demythologized Christology while preserving the peculiarity of Christ so important to Christianity.
Bertrand Russell, a renowned analytic philosopher, argues about the existence of God in his article “Is there a God?” (1952). For most of his life Russell held the opinion that religions are meant to instill distress and helplessness into people’s minds and belief in religion is the major cause for all the deadly conflicts that have occurred in the past. In his article “Is there a God?” Russell discusses how theologians have been presenting their arguments to prove God’s existence and then gives his own reflection on their thoughts. Questioning God’s existence and giving arguments that refute such beliefs could turn into a controversial discussion and many theists, who have blind faith in God’s existence, find such arguments offensive to their beliefs. Taking the sensitive nature of this subject into account, Russell’s article does not display any offensive characteristics and the way he dealt with this issue by taking a neutral stance should be appreciated.
We need to be the voices challenging the ideas people have about God. Alex McFarland has done this in his book, "The God You Thought You Knew". He takes each of the myths that people believe about God, and destroys them with the truth of God 's word. Each myth is replaced with the truth of the Gospel. He covers great topics like the perceived intolerance of Christianity to the supposed dispelling of Faith through science.
He felt that the men who wrote the Bible were not directed by God in any way whatsoever. He also began to doubt that Jesus was even the messiah (Franklin, 6). Franklin’s God had become a... ... middle of paper ... ...te apparent in the differences and very few similarities in the way they view God and His Word. Deist believe that God created the universe and left it up to mankind to decided how it will be run while the Puritan congregation depended entirely on God to decided how Earth will be run and hoped for His love, grace and salvation. Although these particular individuals originated from the same areas around the same time, their ideas of God are on two different extremes.
Others feel you must accept the Bible as immutable historical fact. Still others require a belief that all those who do not accept Christ as their personal savior are doomed to hell. Faith is a continuum, and we each fall on that line where we may. By attempting to rigidly classify heavenly concepts like faith, we end up debating semantics to the point where we entirely miss the fact that we are all trying to decipher life's big mysteries. "Dan Brown says in an interview: the secret I reveal [in the book] is one that has been whispered for centuries .