In doing this Diocletian had essentially given himself complete control over Eastern Rome. At the time of Diocletian’s rule Rome’s religious policy was to believe in whatever gods one wanted to, however it was required to throw incense on a shrine to reverence Diocletian. It is believed around 298 CE soothsayers consulted Diocletian saying that they could not read the livers of sacrifices because some of the officials present were Christian; with this
All Christians must be able to give a defense for the hope that is in them, so that the truth will be upheld in every circumstance. The New Apostolic Reformation The teachings of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation) are nothing new they have been around before the 1950’s, which scholars believe connect to the “Latter Rain Movement”. Many of the leaders in NAR were involved with the “Latter Rain” movement such as, C. Peter Wagner, Bob Jones, and Rick Joyner, just to name a few. The Assemblies of God actually refuted this movement in 1949. “Satan sold them the lie that "unity" is the principal thing and thus they dethroned and eventually jettisoned purity and truth.
To begin with, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe presents a very Biblical portrait of Christ in the character of the lion Aslan, the King of Narnia. By representing Jesus as a lion standing for power, strength and beauty, Lewis finds a way to make Jesus more accessible to children. The story line does not hold on strictly to the Biblical gospel but presents some of its features in a fictional context without changing the basic message. The great King Aslan willingly humiliates himself and sacrifices his life to save Edmund who has betrayed him, just as Christ gave away his life to save mankind. Through Aslan's death, Edmund is permitted to live as his sin has been washed away.
Allegory and Exemplum in Arthurian Legend It is a rarity to read a piece of literature that does not host an underlying message. Bias in works of literature exists in many forms, but the most universal bias is religion. In Arthurian legend, the Code of Chivalry generated moral standards everyone should strive to live by. Arthurian Knights are supposed to be superior. The knights are to live by the highest standards of life, the roots of which are in Christianity.
When examining the life of Constantine, one must first consider his life before he professed any affinity or allegiance to the Christian faith or Church. Constantine was a military man who was battling for control of the Roman Empire. The empire was divided between Constantine and Maxentius. The latter was content in maintaining the persecution of Christians, as Diocletian had done before him, while the former hoped for more religious tolerance to both Pagans and Christians alike.1 In the fall of 312 A. D., Constantine began to look for guidance from the God above all others, the God whom his own father had believed in. As Eusebius later related, he looked to the sky and saw a vision of a trophy of the cross emanating from the light of the sun and the message “conquer by this”.
In L Ron Hubbard’s “Ability Magazine issue 5” he talks about the Government and according to him Governments are insane but Paul tells us in the book of Romans 13 vs 1 “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.. Paul also tells us in Thessalonians that we need to be open minded, test everything and hold on to the good but the scientologists would like you to keep scientology working therefore giving it your all.. What is an acceptable truth? I believe this is giving the answer the other person would like to hear. The scientologists believe that handing truth is a touchy business so tell an acceptable truth but Jesus tells us as Christians that we should let our Yes be yes and our No is No: Mat 5 vs
Beowulf’s Christian Elements Beowulf is an old poem. It is believed that Beowulf was originally an oral poem that was recited at courts or gatherings. There is an existing manuscript of the poem that is believed to have been written around 1000AD. The story’s setting however is roughly around 500AD. At this time in history Scandinavia (major setting of the poem) is pagan.
In Beowulf the quote “Shield had a son, child for his yard, sent by God to comfort the people”(Beowulf episode 3) they believed God sent them the son to relieve them of all their worries. Unlike Pagans who believe that spirits send them people other things, Christians believed that God did everything for a reason. “So Hrothgar decided he would build a mead-hall, the greatest the world had ever seen, or even imagined. There he would share out to young and old alike all that God gave him” (Beowulf part 2) Hrothgar was obviously a Christian because he thought God gave him all his finer things in life. He thought God was the reason all the good things were happening to him.
While Sir Thomas More is the play’s ‘hero’, the Common Man is the ‘Man for All Seasons’. Do you agree? In Robert Bolt’s play, A Man For All Seasons, the lead character, Sir Thomas More, had the option to conform like the rest of society, however, he chose to make a choice that he felt was correct, and stood behind it until the end. With the courage to battle the King of England, Sir Thomas More was perceived to lead a silent attack on the Throne. His resolution to protest the unlawful marriage of King Henry and Anne Boleyn was rooted in Christian beliefs and morals.
Augustine writes Confessions to influence non-Christians to convert because of his strong belief in Christianity. Augustine converts to Christianity for many reasons such as crucial disagreements with Manichaeism, for example astrological beliefs and the description of God. In his travels to Carthage, Augustine encounters a man named Faustus, who was a bishop in the Manichean Church. Augustine recounts that Faustus spoke to him with loquacity and that Faustus was trying to convince Augustine about Manichean myths with the use of flashy language. Augustine says that “He was a great snare of the devil and many were