The ideal action we would take as God’s people would be to help those in need, but like the Good Samaritan parable in the Bible, many would not help those in need. It is not always easy to see Christ in the people around us because we are human and we are not perfect. Dorothy explains this statement when she says, “It would be foolish to pretend that it is easy always to remember this” (Room for Christ 2). We need to make room in our hearts for Christ, and also the people that presented to us as Christ. Our readings from Luke’s Gospel portray those in poverty as the people who will inherit the earth and be by Christ’s side in the kingdom of heaven.
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,
Christians' Beliefs About Their Responsibility for Other People Christians are taught to be responsible and compassionate towards other people throughout their lives. To do this they must respond to the world we live in today. Even though the bible teaches us to treat all people as equals, our world is still divided. There are poor people, there are people that live in absolute poverty, and Christians are taught to do all they can to help this. Any wealth they have they might acquire, should be shared with those less fortunate than themselves.
We are called to be Christ to one another and to act as the suffering servant. Dulles tells us that we too are called to serve, to heal, to reconcile, and to bind up wounds. We are called to bring about the Kingdom of God. In being Christ to all around us, Pope John Paul II tells us that “we must make the poor feel at home. Without this form of evangelization through charity and without the witness of Christian poverty, the proclamation of the Gospel, which itself is the prime form of charity, risks being misunderstood” (Wojtyla 4).
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.
Christians believe that all money belongs to God and he gives them stewardship of his money to use wisely. The Bible teaches, “You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24). For Christians this means that they must be careful not to replace their love for God with the love of money. Christian teaching on wealth and possessions varies slightly regarding the amount of money and possessions that should be given to the poor. Some Christians follow the teaching in (Mark 10:21).
Jesus spoke of the day of judgement, when the Son of Man would sit on his throne and everyone would be judged to be either a sheep or a goat. By working for justice in their lives, Christians can get closer to God rather than turning away from him through sin and this is a reason why justice is so important to Christians. Forgiveness is completely vital in Christianity and it is a basis of the faith itself, as the world was forgiven for its sins, through the death of Jesus. Forgiveness is essential in order for there to be peace and Jesus taught his followers about the idea of forgiveness through stories and parables. Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness (Matthew 5:38-48) mentions the Lex Talionis, law of limitation and Jesus’ new guidance; when any form of retaliation is rejected.
When we live by the Word of God and love one another, forgive, and be merciful and kind to one another, do not practice and eye for and eye but pray for the ones who wrong us or misuse us. We are able to live the life God intended for us. To partake in the Lords Supper we must recognize how Christ suffered for us, and died for us, so our sins will be forgiven.We do this in remembrance of the Lord because he is our salvation. Works Cited NIV Bible
In a book “A Liberation Theology” writer Gustavo Gutierrez, Gustavo Gutierrez argues that salvation of both political and spiritual liberation, and that Christianity requires a preferential option for the poor. Also Gutierrez says that Liberation theology argues justification on the image of Jesus. Jesus is called “Christ the Liberator” because he was obedient to the father and attempted to end world suffering and was willing to die for his friends. The principles of Liberation Theology recognizes suffering to be a contradictory to God’s will and forces those to reflect on their actions behaviors and practices as a whole. Liberation theology must strive to make understanding of theological concepts and reform those that are unjust.
In Romans, Paul said that God sacrificed his only son so that humans could be saved from sin: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). The whole doctrine of this religion is based on a god sacrificing something dear to him for someone else as proof of his love for them, not because he expects anything in return. In this way, the concept of the sacrifice is very important in Pauline Christianity. It is not surprising that the sacrifice repeatedly appears in the texts of the New Testament.