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
God takes no pleasure in the death of sinners he wants them to turn. If one dies and have not yet received Jesus Christ into their life and repented for all their sins then it is too late. “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin (Hebrew 10:26-27 NIV). Jesus is saying repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. God wills all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, the truth is Jesus Christ he is the way the truth and the life.
Jesus said I am the way the truth and the life (John 14:6). If we can dissect this script, ‘I am the way’, Jesus was telling us his way was the way to live life, so long as we walk in truth meaning true to his way of life, following his example which is classed as truth which further leads us to eternal life. The dictionary’ definition for evangelism is; someone who seeks to convert others to the Christian faith, zealous advocates of something. This is a complete distortion of the truth of course. If the postmodern person read this definition it would create a storm, the post modern critique undermines all levels of truth whether it is from the English dictionary or the Holy Bible.
He lived a life worthy of what he preached and he predicted his death and resurrection. Josh McDowell, in More than a Carpenter, presents the notion that Jesus and his story are all a fallacy. He proposes that Jesus never existed and the story was only created to start an epidemic of religion. Apparently, this view is very common among people who have not studied the Bible or Jesus very thoroughly. He answers that same question supposing that it would take more than a Jesus to invent a Jesus.
He explains that all apostles would be false witnessed and they would still be living in their sins. However, he ends the passage by combining Christ and man’s resurrection and says that Christ is the first of many men to be resurrected. In 1 Corinthians 15, the author reflects upon the main argument to the truth of Christianity, that being that there is a resurrection and the truth of religion itself. This may have been important to the author because of those that did not believe in the scriptures and their attempts of trying to disprove what was written in the scriptures. What was unclear in this passage is whether death is physical or spiritual?
At the climax of the story when the Gutres ask Espinosa about whether those who crucified Jesus were saved, Espinosa admits that his theology is rusty, and in fact provides the wrong answer. :“‘And those who drove the nails will also be saved?’ ‘Yes’ replied Espinosa whose theology was a bit shaky”(401). The Gutres then crucify Espinosa, mistakenly believing this will bring them salvation, the Gutres are blind to the fact that they have misplaced their faith, and will not be saved. Espinosa, like Jesus is crucified, however, Borges gives no indication that Espinosa was brought back to life, or that his crucifixion brought anything meaningful to the Gutres. In the Jesus narrative, Jesus accepts his own death, and relies on faith to bring him back to life.
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’.
New Agers believe that man is separated by God only in his own conscious and awareness. Therefore he is the victim of a false sens... ... middle of paper ... ... In comparison to the Christian religion their difference lies in the belief that all is one (god), therefore there could be no sin and no death. The death of Christ for our sins becomes meaningless. Although the New Agers will agree that Jesus Christ is God, his world view will always compel him to say that Jesus is no more God than anyone else.
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.
Augustine fought this controversy by explaining that grace was necessary for salvation because without it, people would be even more sinful. The leader of Pelagianism, Pelagius, never met with Augustine, but as a result of this controversy, "God’s saving grace" was clearly understood through Augustine’s arguments. On August 28, 430 CE in Hippo, Augustine died. He is regarded as one of the greatest and intelligent saints of the Church. He clarified Church doctrines, established monasteries for new priests, educated many into the meaning of Christianity and made Christianity humanistic which is nurtured by God’s love and grace.