Believers Essays

  • Skeptics and True Believers

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    Skeptics and True Believers In the first chapter, Raymo, opens with talk of his childhood. He brings to the surface the fact that children will believe just about anything they are told. In this chapter Raymo explains how people grow frm children into grown sdluts, peolpe somehow retain some of a child’s ability to believe in the unbelievable. It is the True Believer that retains “an absolute in some forms of empirically unverifiable make-belive...” (13), wheras the Skeptic always “keeps a wary

  • The Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda

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    reading the first page, the reader is introduced to two categories of people: believers v. nonbelievers. Apparently, the believers valued the history of the past and carry out the message of the teenage prophetess Nongquwase by burning the crops and killing the cattle which would supposedly drive away the English back to the ocean through ancestral powers, but this causes conflicts for the nonbelievers who blame the believers for the starvation of their people, the amaXhosa. Despite the fact that this

  • The Gifts of Santeria

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    know and appease the specific desires of a pantheon of orishas who alert devotees to problems in their lives and protect them from harm. In addition to a distinctive and demanding set of rituals that requires a commitment of time and energy from believers, Santeria offers a rich history and a supportive community that make it a way of life and not just a passive belief structure that bears little relevance to the daily life of its adherents. The foremost way to communicate with the gods is through

  • Antony Flew: The Existence and Belief Of God

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    figure out who was right and who was wrong. They waited the whole night, but no gardener was ever seen. Then the "Believer" said that there must be a gardener, that he "is an invisible gardener". He tried everything he could to convince to the "Sceptic" that he was right, barbed-wire, electrifying fence, patrolling bloodhounds. But no gardener was ever found. Still the "Believer" was not convinced. He gave the "Sceptic" many excuses as to why they couldn't see the gardener. The "Sceptic" told

  • NO Spiritual Reward for Depriving the Physical Body

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    by the modern church, and it is one that threatens the very mission assigned to every believer in Matthew 28:18-20. Before one can address this falsehood, one must understand the duty of God's people in this life. It is the believer's task to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them as God ordained, and teaching them how to obey the teachings of Jesus. What then are the teachings of Jesus? As believers, we hold as doctrine that God the Father, along with the Holy Spirit and the Son created

  • The Role of Tacit Knowledge in Religion

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    The Role of Tacit Knowledge in Religion ABSTRACT: Clarity concerning what kind of knowledge a religious person possesses is of the utmost importance. For one thing, J. Whittaker remarks that believers must have some knowledge that enables them to make the distinction between literal and non-literal descriptions of God. (1) In the believer's perception 'God is a rock', but not really a rock. God however really is love. Whittaker suggests that making this distinction requires knowledge that cannot

  • I Corinthians 6:12-13

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    sure which laws, if any, applied to them because of the freedom from the law they have in Jesus. The letter was written to the church to advise them on how to handle the problems. Some problems were spiritual arrogance, wrong-doings against other believers, sexual immorality, and misunderstanding on Christian beliefs. In these two verses, 1 Corinthians 6:12-13, Paul is addressing the immorality of their sexual practices. The city of Corinth is a sex-crazed society, where sex outside marriage is

  • Small Gods By Terry Pratchett

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    the material world. Both began territorial conquests and engaged in the selling of indulgences. The antagonist of the novel is Brother Vorbis. He is the epitome of authoritarian fanaticism, a born leader in the acquisition of new believers. And Vorbis gets new believers, whether they want to believe or not (McGath n.pag.). This is best shown in the following quote: “Chain letters," said the Tyrant. "The Chain Letter to the Ephebians. Forget Your Gods. Be Subjugated. Learn to Fear. Do not

  • Straight-shooting Christianity

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    churches: worship based in the values and mores of the American West. “Straight-shooting emphasis on Christianity spurs a growing trend,” reads the headline (Grossman D1). A church named, with no needed irony, “Cross Trails” is reported to baptize new believers “in an 8-foot circular, blue plastic horse trough” (Grossman D1). This is a trail to belief that is stripped-down, back-to-basics, a religious attitude that reflects the lives of the ranchers and farmers it appeals to. Cathy Lynn Grossman writes:

  • Sorcery In Morocco

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    south of the country where people have strong beliefs in superstition. Believers in sorcery pretend that it has a great impact on the course of their lives. However, sorcery is a dangerous practice that affects the mind and the health of its users, in addition to the reputation of the country. At first glance, it seems to me that the most perilous impact of sorcery is its effect on the mind of those who practice it. Some believers might argue that these practices build self confidence. For instance

  • G-D's Relationship With Avraham

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    sources. There are many passages in the bible that can confirm the JEDP theory, but when examined closely one could see the similarities in the passages that were supposedly written at different times by different groups of people. JEDP theory believers assume that Genesis 12:1-9 was written by the J source or Yahwists, and Genesis 22:1-19 was written by the E source or Elohists, with some J material intertwined. When looked at more closely a reader can see that these two passages actually have

  • Image Of God In The Bible

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    anything for his people. To contradict this, in other chapters of the Bible God can be found trying to instill fear into people so that they believe in him, or do what he wants of them. In both instances it shows how different God can be seen and why believers can have doubts about how God really is. In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, God can be seen as having a sort of bi-polar attitude. In the beginning chapters God is shown as a caring person when he is creating the earth and when he talks about

  • Christians And Non-christian Culture

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    In the world today there are believers and non-believers. There are those who devote themselves whole-heartedly to God and those who choose the lukewarm approach to Christianity. Regardless, humans are all from God and God is in all of them. It is the duty of the human race to unite as one under God and rise up against the evil forces of the world. In order to do this everyone, both religious and the not religious, need to be aware of and recognize the lifestyles of each other. Non Christians should

  • Using Science to Understand God

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    opposes progress and enslaves people to a lifestyle that brings them harm. The media seems to take delight in vilifying religion and promoting the inconsistencies of those who claim to be religious. Why do so many otherwise good believers in God and otherwise good believers in science get caught up in the science versus religion debate? Science is science, and religion is religion. Creationism is neither. Using bad science to back up bad literal Biblical translations is not scientific and not religious

  • The Early Book of Acts

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    The Early Book of Acts The early book of Acts delivers a message that blessings from the Lord are exceedingly abundant. We are shown that prosperity and blessings were bestowed upon believers that were eager to give unselfish sacrifice to God, but only when done so with an honest heart. When the offerings were tainted with deceit, the blessings turn to curses and the prosperity was vanquished by famine and death. An example of such a case is represented in the story of Ananias and Sapphira. And

  • Holy Spirit Baptism

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    • Baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit is a very important, distinctive Christian experience in the life of the believer. The basis is found in the book of Acts, specifically the event of Pentecost. • John the Baptist preached baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Mk. 1:4) • Later he declared about Jesus, “I baptize with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (1:8) • 3 yrs later, shortly before Pentecost, Jesus talked with the apostles about a gift promised by the

  • Descartes And The Existence Of a Supreme Being

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    Upon cursory examination, one might assume that Rene Descartes is a “non-believer'; in the existence of a heavenly being, a God that presides over humans and gives us faith. However, this is simply not the case – Descartes is simply trying to destroy all of the uncertainties that have come about by the attempted scientific explanations of such a supreme being. For Rene Descartes and all of the other believers in the world, the existence of God provides a convenient answer to unexplained

  • Exemplification Essay: Abortion is Wrong

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    not only because it goes against what God has said, but also because most women are so rushed into and unsure about their decision they regret it later in life. Although the Bible ; the old testament used by Jewish believers; both the new and old testaments used by Christian believers, does not specifically deal with abortion it does place validity on life before birth. Exodus 21:22-23 says: If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury

  • Religion is Unnecessary

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    life? No particular religion is ever really ONLY one type of dimension, but is rather a complex whole. The Ritual dimension is what believers DO! Rituals provide believers with a symbolic mode of communication designed to propel them out of ordinary experience and into extraordinary realities; Rituals are often based on the myths contained in a given worldview. Believers feel called upon to do what their great leaders did. Thus, Christians celebrate the ritual of the Last Supper (the Eucharist) just

  • Exemplification Essay: America Needs Leaders

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    society in order to further their cause. One example of this is Galileo facing the Inquisition of the Catholic Church due to his deep-seated belief in the heliocentric universe. His willingness to face all odds is what made so many become believers in his theory. Galileo did not back down, instead he chose to stand and fight for something he considered right. This is an admirable trait; however, he was not the only one. In our most recent selection "The Communist Manifesto" we are