The Discrimentality Of Sacraments

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One of the most controversial topics in Christianity is sacraments. Scholars define the word “sacrament” many ways. A common definition is that a sacrament is an outward, visible sign of an inward, spiritual reality. It would be inaccurate to say that a sacrament is just a sign. It should be viewed as an encounter or something that brings something else about. In other words, a sacrament is something that points beyond itself and has meaning in a spiritual sense. Sacraments compile a range of imagery which all have deeper meanings than meet the eye. It is not just a ritual enactment of something else going on; it has objective order. A common debate regarding sacramentality is the question of how many sacraments there are. Some theologians argue that there are two: baptism and the Eucharist. Others, specifically those under the Catholic faith, argue that there are seven. This idea of seven is a much later tradition. While Christians today argue about how many sacraments there are, many Greek theologians say that sacraments are not something to be counted. To my way of thinking, it is useless to have a set number of sacraments. Sacraments are physical things that represent something spiritual. Therefore, every person must decide for themselves what they consider a sacrament. While sacraments are important, they ultimately do not provide salvation. A sacrament is an outward display of one’s faith. The purpose of a sacrament is to reinforce a belief and provide an outward statement to others sharing that belief. Many theologians consider creation as sacramental. They view creation as a system of signs that all point to the creator. Thus, scholars believe that these sacraments are evidence in a creation. A common argument is th... ... middle of paper ... ...hat signs and what they signify are to be thought of as a unit. This can be difficult to do, but it is crucial. I believe it is important to have a balance between interpreting things literally and spiritually. According to the video, sacraments give meaning to the entirety of human everyday existence. Personally, I do not agree with this statement. I believe sacraments can enhance faith and can be an outward display of one’s faith. Sacraments do not give meaning to life; Christ gives meaning to life. Sacramentality is the linking element between the theology of the incarnation and the theology of creation. Christ is the original pivotal sacrament. He gives access to and allows investment in His own life through baptism and Eucharist. In my understanding, sacraments are crucial to the Christian faith, but must not be excessively treated as the key to salvation.

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