Exclusivism also described as particularism adopts the position that there is no knowledge of God without Christ. Karl Barth agrees with this viewpoint that salvation is only possible through Christ and includes the concept of “ultimate eschatological victory of grace over unbelief” (McGrath, 2011, p. 436). The exclusivist viewpoint aligns well with the uniqueness of the Christian faith and therefor the necessary missionary response that is part of its reality. The opposing viewpoint is that of the inclusivist approach that allows space for other religions seeing the as milestones along the way towards a faith in Christ (McGrath, 2011). According to McGrath the inclusivist viewpoint became popular in the 1890’s centered on words from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that He came to fulfill not to destroy.
Though, they also encouraged me to seek for the truth for and of myself. I have studied various religions, and after much prayer, study, and fasting, I choose this one. I have come to know through and by revelation from and of God that this church contains the fullness of the gospel and that Joseph Smith is a prophet. That is why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Q: Are there any major challenges in practicing this particular
The Holy Spirit leaves in me and has helped me discern what is right and wrong. God is perfect; therefore, as a Christian I strive everyday to be more like God. Evil exists because the devil, which initially was an angel of light, wanted to be above God and no one can be more than God. He created me with a purpose in life and is to develop my spiritual life, serve Him, others and follow His word. I am committed to my Christian beliefs since I based my knowledge in the Bible.
As for the question of identity, the Bible states that there is both a spiritual and physical part of man (1 Corinthians 15:45-49). It also states that we are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Our identity is determined by who we are in Christ. I believe our purpose on this earth is, first and foremost, to bring glory to God in all that we do (Acts 10:42). We are also to be prophets to all nations to proclaim His glory and be a witness so that others will come to know Him (Jeremiah 1:5).
Scripture is the Word of God revealed to men and it is necessary for his/her salvation. Along with Scripture Wesley believed in prevenient grace. He strongly opposed the theology of predestination where only few are chosen by God and predestined for heaven or hell. In the next few paragraphs I will discuss these major topics of Wesley theology. True Christianity, is what most of the followers of Jesus Christ want to experience on daily basis.
Explain what Christians mean when they say the Bible has authority? All Christians believe the Bible has a unique authority, The Word of God. The Bible carries God’s message & Gods teachings providing guidance and advice, giving a Christians a sort of Guidebook. The Word of God is also valuable to Christians because it provides hope for God existing and that there is an afterlife. 2.)
Worldview Assignment Part I: Weider & Gutierrez, (2011), state, a “Worldview” is broken down to three simple components; “a person’s philosophy of life, second, a framework a person brings to decision making and lastly, a filter or lens which a person uses to interpret life and the world around them”, (p.60). I agree with this statement however, the last part really brought home my understanding of the concept. As a Christian, I strive to approach all aspects of my life looking through the “lens” of scripture and my personal convictions, when making decisions. I attribute my successes’ in life because of my adherence to this principle. I learned long ago as a new Christian that if I leaned on my own understanding and trusted my “gut”, I would probably arrive at the wrong decision.
Christian Studies Essay Option #2 “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16 With reference to the quotation above, outline how Christianity presents the central problem for human existence and explain how this problem is addressed in Christian teaching and practice. Christianity believes that the main problem that comes with human existence is the sin people accumulate throughout their daily lives. This sin, which is attained through bad deeds and the falling short of god’s standards, is the main issue in human existence as it not only creates problems in this life but can also create separation from god and eternal
He defines worldview as “a set of presuppositions, which we hold about the basic make-up of the world” (p. 56). Throughout the book, Entwistle stands by the reasoning that a Christian worldview is the key to effective integration. For most people, if they do not know where something came from, they will not be able to predict its future. In theory, this is what Entwistle was explaining in the earlier part of the book by covering the history of psychology, theology beliefs, and how the two can work together. As the reader becomes familiar with the similarities and differences between psychology and