Hamartiology (Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom, 30-35) We are friends of the crucified, but we are the crucifiers as well. We must be trained to see ourselves as sinners, not self-evident, so fundamental we must be taught to recognize it. Cannot perceive it when we are formed by it. Sin not universal tendency to be inhumane or immoral (though involves this), we are sinful because we deceive ourselves about the nature of reality and would thus crucify the one who calls us to God's kingdom. Discover true identity as selves in life, death, resurrection of Jesus.
Christians understand that suffering is used as a tool for God’s punishments. Also, Christians comprehend evil as wicked, hurtful, painful, and deathful; the opposite of God’s will allowing them to seek forgiveness (Rubin & Yasien-Esmael, 2004). Christians lived humbly because they depend on God by living life by the righteousness of his faith (Habakkuk 2:4). In addition,
Discipleship and Mark's Gospel Mark's Gospel can tell us the entire truth about discipleship, telling Christians about the faith, responsibility, and sacrifice involved in following Jesus. Some may even say that we glimpse a harsh reality of what it really means to be a true Christian disciple and to have complete faith. Although in saying this, it is important to note that Mark's Gospel does also cover the rewards and the actual meaning of discipleship. This is important to include as Mark's Gospel was written at a time when Christians endured much persecution. They may have wondered why they should tolerate this treatment without any kind of reward and so Mark included this in his gospel.
Cleansing makes it imperative for us to be truly contrite. We must sincerely be remorseful for our sins, not because we fear the punishments, but because we have offended God, who is all-Good. Once cleansed, we must lead a life of grace. Reason enlightened by faith is a primary factor in this life of grace. Living in the footsteps of Christ requires the use of reason to discern the good from evil.
They dressed in sackcloth and covered themselves with ashes, but all this is unacceptable to God. God tells them what true fasting is, that is fasting in order to share with the poor and hungry; to stop oppressing workers and start treating them fairly, giving them what they earn; to cover with sackcloth and ashes so that the needy may be given clothes and not to hide from relatives who need help; to stop fighting with one another and free those who are wrongly imprisoned. The reasons for fasting still remain, as mentioned by God. We fast with only one motive and that is to seek God. If we are fasting to impress people or as a ritual or a test of will-power this has been and will always remain unacceptable to God.
But yet in our weakness, grace provides hope for a cure! This is where the life of God reaches within you. He will become the strength you have lacked, the resolve you have wished for, and the means by which, the chains of sin that have bound you are broken and fall away. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen. Next: recognizing the enemy within.
Furthermore, this atonement theory says the author, is an indication of Jesus’ peaceful hostility leading to the question of divine love as spoken in the Sermon on the Mount. However, the author remembers how Bonhoeffer dealt with the more committed way of Discipleship focusing on “denial without public engagement.” The call to divine love is not to resist evil but to struggle ... ... middle of paper ... ...style, names, words but the way to church renewal in world-wide discipleship. What is really needed in this secular society and church is a “discovering again of Jesus,” explaining it as “a thicker Jesus.” Therefore, one last insight the book taught me was to think about discipleship interactively. It is not a passive but an active message. It is by going into the flied of spiritual battle that true discipleship follow the ways of Jesus.
Unlike Christians, Muslims and Jews have to fast completely from food. Christians have a choice to fast from whatever keeps them from focusing on God. Even though Islam, Judaism, and Christianity have different perspective on fasting, they all have a common goal to get closer to God. No matter how a fast is carried out, one should never lose sight of the main goal of fasting. Fasting provides an environment for a deeper spiritual life.
All Christians should believe that committing a sin will spoil their relationship with God. Even the bible s... ... middle of paper ... ...helps them to compose their insides and forget their problems for a little while. THE BELIEF OF CHRISTIANITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LIFE Belief is a trust that demonstrates faith in one’s God. When a Christian prays, it shows that they have a belief in God. They say that you should only pray to God if you truly believe in him and his existence.
Paul lays himself out for poor Onesimus, and with all his means pleads his cause with his master: and so sets himself as if he were Onesimus, and had himself done wrong to Philemon. Even as Christ did for us with God the Father, thus also St. Paul does for Onesimus with Philemon… We are all His Onesimi, to my thinking(The Book of Philemon. (n.d.).” The book of Philemon is metaphor of what Jesus did, so sinner would be set free from the bondages of sin. God having the power to forgive sin. Jesus the mediator also the one who pays for the sin.