Christian history is one of the first and most obvious reasons why some people dislike the Christian faith. Here we review some of the great tribulations of the “Christian” religion: evangelical movements in the Old and New worlds, Salem witch trials, Crusades, the Inquisition, and so on. In his essay “Why I Am Not a ... ... middle of paper ... .... 7:1-5). There is a way to judge without making people feel hated or rejected. Judge without malice or hate, and always communicate in a respectful, loving manner.
Imposition is defined as to establish or apply as compulsory. Therefore it is understandable that when Christians communicate the Gospel and tell people that they have a choice of accepting Christ or going to hell which is an unpleasant truth it sounds like an imposition telling one what to do. However, from the Christian point of view, this is a biblical truth - accept Christ as Saviour or be condemned eternally. I also think the reason people see this as an imposition is because deep down there is a slight fear of this unpleasant truth in that it might actually be true, but there is also an unwillingness to conform to Christianity. Therefore the easiest way seems to reject the whole concept of Salvation through Christ and blame the Christians for imposing their faith too harshly on others.
God must need suffering to happen for a reason, but ... ... middle of paper ... ...ering is always going to be painful no matter if God is the one who is doing it to us or not. What we need to realize is that suffering with faith in God is much more justifiable than suffering without. In I Peter it says "However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. "(I Peter 4:16). So suffering as a Christian is all right because it means that you share an aspect of Christ's life, and you should continue to praise God.
Second, I don’t want to live under Roman power and have the wicked ruler like Herod; also, I don’t want to be one of those people under Jewish tradition and under their worldly wisdom who lives with their aspirations and having expectations that shatter because reality doesn’t always match to what they expect. Life and teachings of Jesus also taught me about “The Story of God.” Honestly, I am guilty and so convinced that I am doing something wrong. I know for myself that I am just focusing on the “fail” and “redemption of Jesus” and neglecting the story of “creation.” Which I know for the fact that it is vital and essential to Christian faith and most of all the “restoration” that points out to “the Kingdom of God” that even Jesus was so focused on this matter, teaching about God’s kingdom most of the time. That’s embarrassing on my
He claims that it will lead to a life that is fueled by laziness in faith, thus the desire to do good works will be mitigated. This is a bold but powerful idea, the accuracy of it is unparalleled in the context of actuality. This very phenomenon can be attributed to American Christianity spiraling out of control. It would be purely inconceivable to believe that these Christians believed what they were doing was morally right. Individuals who perceive the world through a Christian worldview understand what the expectation is.
The true, consummate Christian recognizes man is weak, hence, lives a life separate from human relationships, the body, and human reason. One cannot live a life for God alone when sidetracked by other lesser goods. Living one lifestyle fully and correctly is difficult, if not impossible; therefore, convoluting one lifestyle with another whilst trying to live out each fully is quixotic. According to Augustine, the potential to be a true Christian is present in everyone; however, succumbing to the highest good is very challenging. Being a true Christian is chimerical for most people because man is prone to three types of wickedness: lust for flesh, lust of the eyes, and lust for domination.
Also, the personal and emotional connection with which Emerson uses to convey original thoughts and ideas is apparent in his evaluation of great minds of the past. The first passage regards the challenge to revolutionize religion; and more importantly, to discount the practice of prayer and creeds. He says, "Prayer that craves a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is vicious" (Robinson 102). He is basically announcing his contempt for the pious nature man has come to have and his belief that we should not pray for things we can achieve ourselves. He goes on to say, "But prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft.
Galatians: Controversy of the Law Paul’s letter to the Galatians is said to be the first intra-Christian controversy on record because there are so many points Paul tries to make and clear up with the Galatian people that lead to the purpose the law. There are many ideas in Christian theology but the one that stands out the most is the controversy of law. The Galatians turned to a different gospel and this appalls Paul. The Galatians believe that circumcision is the next step that needs to be taken to show their trust in Jesus. Paul, on the other hand, believes it to be unnecessary because there is no need for physical proof to prove their trust and that faith in Christ is enough.
As faithful servants of Christ, our doctrine must be correct and must be able to correct others who might be in error. In the day and age we live in, the very fundamentals of our faith are being attacked round about. There are doctrines we take for granted that are being excluded from churches and the Bible itself is being made void as a significant source of truth and moral value. These doctrines are being replaced by the philosophies of man and it’s all a result of a lack of studying God’s word. Pastors are being voted out of churches because the people want a pastor that pleases them and makes them feel good instead of preaching God’s word.
We may protest vehemently against these charges but our vehemence only confirms our hostility toward God” (Sproul “God In The Hands Of Angry Sinners”). But a God of love who has no wrath is no God. One who does not love God in this present world is considered a loser, as he has lost all peace, comfort, strength, and even hope. A person’s greatest detriment in the hereafter is found in the loss of the sight of Christ and the beholding of His glories.