Jesus came to serve a people considerably inferior to Himself as a light to dispel darkness. The Bible tells us that we do not have to live as slaves but as sons of God and heirs to the Father's kingdom. This simply means that despite our undeserving we may turn... ... middle of paper ... ...liever now has assurance that his every sin will be forgiven dependent not on the sacrifice of an animal but on sincere repentance. God loves His people and has provided them with a way by which they can be cleansed and sanctified, making them acceptable to him. The new covenant, therefore, leads to a desire to do what is right.
God tells everyone to forgive those who had hurt them. Willingly forgiving Christians of their sins, and because He has forgiven Christians they are to forgive others. Although the world’s reasons to forgive other are valid, they are all but selfish reasons to take the initiative to forgive other people. God is an almighty and powerful God whom Christians are to fear. Although God loves all of his children, He could still use his power for bad but He chooses not to do so.
This notion, that God can transform someone who isn’t the most righteous person into someone upstanding, appears in the Christian scriptures and also has roots within the Hebrew Scriptures; its purpose being to prove how significantly God’s presence can positively affect one’s life. This idea is represented in places throughout the New Testament, especially in the Gospel of Luke. In Luke 14-15, Jesus personally welcomes tax-gatherers and sinners to dine with him, regardless of what people were saying, refusing to differentiate between worthy and unworthy guests. He doesn’t care what people do or have done in the past; he wants to focus on spreading the good word and changing people’s characters for the better. This shows that God’s true intent lies with saving as many people as he can, not punishing people; he is a god of grace and mercy, not retribution.
But those who have died with Christ are set free from sin and the law. Paul states in “Or do you not know, brothers —for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law ... ... middle of paper ... ...fe of the Israelites. But God never intended that people should view it as a way to earn salvation, namely: by keeping it perfectly.” As Christians if we are obeying Jesus’ command of “loving God” and “loving our neighbor” we are following the Ten Commandments, because they all flow into these two commands given by Jesus. The Old Testament Law was condemning, as all men are sinners and unable to fulfill the law and it pointed the way for mans need for a savior (Rom. 7:7-9; Gal.
Although the people disobeyed God and were punished, God continues to exhibit his love for Israel. From an overview of the writings of the Old Testament, the theme of God’s faithfulness is displayed. Surveying the Old Testament reveals the theme of God’s faithfulness to his people. In light of this understanding, the restoration of the Israelites prophesized in the Old Testament is essentially the fulfillment of every covenant with God. This perspective relates to the work of Christ and encourages any follower of God to trust in his faithfulness.
Christians see it as protecting the bible but it just comes across as ignorant. I am not saying I don’t share in the opinions of many christians, but more than anything I am saying that christians need to learn that not everyone in the world is going to see it the same way they will. When it comes to sin, same sex marriage, and living a holy life there are more than one opinion on what is right. So, you can’t justify all of the hate-acts in the name of your religion. Instead use all that energy you waste on hate to love and help those around you, despite whether you think they are “right or wrong”.
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.
Towards the end the accounts however, the characters go in search for God’s blessing, unlike their early counterparts they demand or challenge God and their enthusiasm is rewarded. The different episodes show the gradual change between God and humanity. Throughout the accounts in the Bible God has loses favor with man, and this loss of favor is due chiefly to man’s failure to obey God’s laws. God’s selection of His chosen people reflects clearly God’s love for the early patriarchs. God did love the later characters, but towards the end of the accounts God loses a tremendous amount of faith in humanity.
Man sinned and God became unhappy, but he still provided for his people. God wanted man to repent. He still wanted things to be good once again. Noah was of the “few” good people on earth. Noah was obedient and honored God.
In the book, Seven Deadly Sins, it describes how, “pride infects Christians in a variety of ways that can spoil their commitment to Christ.” Pride makes us feel like we have it all together and that we do not need God in a sense. It gives us a false feeling that we have it all together, that we do not necessarily have to rely on God for everything. That obviously does not fit into what Jesus said about denying one’s self to follow God. He wants our whole being, so that He can mold us into what we were designed to be from the beginning. Discipleship involves the acceptance of God’s Word to the believer.