Jeffrey Hunt 9-6-13 Mr. Rolette Period 5 1. Great Hymn of Aten In The Great Hymn of Aten , the god Aten is referred to as ''O Sole God beside whom there is none!'' For a brief period , the cult of Amon- Re faced a monotheistic challenge from the god Aten. Then later , an another deity associated with the sun, Ra contest the beliefs previously held. In this essay , I am going to be telling you why this statement was so revolutionary for the time.
Above all other areas of dogma within Christianity, monotheism tops the list. Monotheism is the belief in one God who rules over all. This one God is the creator, and stabilizer of the universe we reside in. Christianity also believes in the Bible being the only set of scripture inspired by the word of God; Virgin Birth; martyrdom; the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; the second coming of Christ; the creation of the world through the one true God; life after death; Hell; Paradise after death; and the Holy Trinity. Above all of these dogmas, the faith in a one creator God who rules the universe is the most important.
So what exactly does it mean to be “timeless?” One could say that to be timeless is simply to be and exist beyond time. This might sound like nonsense to some, but let me further explain. Time as we know it is something we created. In 2 Peter 3:8 we read: “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.” Clearly there is a difference between what we perceive as time and what God perceives as time, if he perceives it at all. The first part of being timeless deals with existence.
If a Christian does not understand Genesis; it may be extremely difficult for them to truly grasp the entire concept of God’s salvation by grace. The very first word in Genesis is the Hebrew word bereshith; meaning “In the beginning of God’s creation”. The next word is defined as bara in Hebrew. This word informs the reader that God made something out of nothing. In the beginning God made something out of nothing.
For example, St. Anselm of Canterbury proposed the first, and best-known Ontological argument in the 11th. Century A.D. In his Proslogion, St. Anselm claims to derive the existence of God from the concept of a being, which no greater can be conceived. St. Anselm reasoned that, “if such a being fails to exist, then a greater being, namely, a being than which no greater can be conceived, and which exists, can be conceived” (Philosophy Encyclopedia). However, this would be absurd, seeing as that nothing greater than God can be conceived in anyway.
Omniscience is a word more often than not given to a divine power that means all knowing. Every monist religious faith claims that there is a creator who knows all of His creation, which includes both how it exists and why. The Christian Bible states ‘I know you through and through, even before birth’. There is however two understandings of omniscience, the first understanding is that God has a limited omniscience and only knows what is possible to know and the second and perhaps the most obvious yet complex, is that God know everything there is to know past, present and future. The two definitions of omniscient each raise different problems, the former raises questions about God’s omnipotence, as one needs to assess if the laws of nature can limit an omnipotent God.
This evidence is consistent with Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Paul eluded to this when he said that God’s invisible qualities, eternal power, and divine nature is clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that men are without excuse (Rom.1:20). Therefore, we are to worship the Creator and not the creation (1:25). But fallen man do not give God the honor and glory for all the beauty and order He designed in His wonderful universe He created.
God created the heavens and the earth as stated in the first chapter, first verse of the book of Genesis, found in the Old Testament. Genesis 1:27 also states that we as human beings, were created in God’s own likeness by him. We as Christian people are fully devoted the to the origin explanation found in Genesis and a few other books of the bible. Identity is a tough subject for many people as we have been given this earthly body as one identity, and our soul could be considered another identity. Christians, in order to move on to Heaven, need to make the two as one while keeping in the image of God.
The primeval history, which contains the first eleven chapters, that involves the story of general creation and revelation of God, and the patriarchal history that mainly includes the three important patriarchs which consists of chapters twelve to fifty. The Book of Genesis proposes a share of thematically reoccurring narratives such as creation, protection, and blessing with themes such as power, humanity, obedience, relationships, family feuds, mortality, sin, faith and loyalty. Genesis’ primeval history chapters, open with the Creation account that starts with, Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”, and probably one of the most famous phrases in world literature. The six days of Creation is a narrative theme of creation. The book of Genesis states that God created the world in six days with order and purpose.
Christians believe that there is only one God. They never really call “God” by any name other then God but Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jehovah is the actual name of God. They believe that the word God is a title much like lord, president, general, king or creator. The name Jehovah is more of a personal name given to the almighty God and Creator of the universe. They refer to the scripture Psalm 83:18, according to the King James Version of the Bible: "That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth."