I am not trying to exclude other cultures that helped shape our nation as well but I am explain the majority of Americans and how our nation was originally formed. This is why we see “under God” on our currency and how our earlier government was explaining how all men under god are created equal. Today our government has reformed to separate church and state but before our society was heavily based in Christianity. Christianity has played a big part in shaping Western cultural and norms of today. I believe that to be a Christian is not only believing in Christ but living your life accordingly.
The Roman Catholic Church’s sources of authority include the Bible, the tradition of the church, the Creeds and the Pope. The Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed are two doctrines that outline their beliefs. The two essentially mean that Jesus is our savior and that God created everything. The Presbyterian Church also has these Creeds as their doctrines (OPC). The difference is that their statement of faith comes from the Westminster Confession of Faith (OPC).
Research Question: Compare and contrast the Christian views of salvation versus the Islam views of salvation. With much candour and respect given to religion and the study of religion, over the years, humankind has searched for the need to belong and be a part of something big. Salvation is that which has brought the commencement of such an activity. The word salvation is one taken from the Latin word salvatio; the Greek word sōtēria and the Hebrew yeshu'ah. The significant connection in all three words is in its meaning, which the Oxford Dictionary has defined thoroughly, “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss; deliverance from sin and its consequences.” The essence therefore is to be saved, salvaged, or redeemed.
Christianity has organised its principal beliefs into a structured systematic theology in which it draws its sacred writings and traditions from. These principal beliefs include the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ, the death and resurrection, the Trinity, revelation and salvation. Through the ethical and moral teachings of Christianity and characteristics of religions which consist of sacred texts and writings, rituals and ceremonies, beliefs and believers and ethics; these beliefs can be expressed and connected with the life of adherent’s. The divinity and humanity beliefs identify that Jesus Christ was both fully divine and human, and that he is the second being of the trinity. This intended that he was the divine Son of God and recognised as being ‘one with the Father’.
In general, there are similar ethical beliefs amongst Christians due to Judaism being the only root of Christian ethics. In general Christian ethics is deontological and authoritarian and what is deemed right or wrong is based on belief in God. The ethics of Christianity is based on the holy bible, which is a library of books that expresses Christian faith. As the bible was written over a long period of time and includes many different teachings and morals, there is no overall biblical morality that can be chosen therefore different denominations choose different parts of the bible to support their beliefs. For instance in Genesis it says that ‘God breathed the breath of man into Adam’s nostrils’ and from this Roman Catholics can argue that as God has given life, only he can take it away so things such as abortion, euthanasia and murder are absolute wrongs.
It is a handbook of worship and Church practise, from which we learn of the views of the early Christian church, and how they interpreted Scripture. It shows us how our primitive Church was structured, and what the ancestors of our Church deemed to be of importance. From reading the Didache, one may get the impression that it could perhaps be directed at a non-Christian, that is intending to join Christianity, for it seems to be laid out almost like a set of guidelines, or a handbook of instructions. St. Athanasius the Apostilic, a Church father, and
In Christian Europe there was a fuedelism government which means that the king is on top and then the other officials underneath him. In the Arabian Lands their government was based more upon caliphs and religious leaders. The factor that their governments have in common., although seemingly there are none, is that both of their governments are based on religion. During the time period 400-1200 religion influenced everything including government. Religious beliefs during the 400’s till the 1200’s in different regions were extremely different, but some of the views when looked into come from the same belief.
Explain the contribution of Paul of Tarsus in the development and expression of Christianity and analyse the impact of Paul on Christianity. Paul’s original name was Saul, who took the familiar name of Paul after his conversion to Christianity. Saul was born around 10 C.E in Tarsus, modern-day Turkey. Paul was in the Jewish variant of the Second temple Judaism. Paul was one of the first delegates to oppose the elders of the church in Jerusalem, and the observance of the Mosaic Law, as long as it did not interfere with the liberty of the Gentiles.
Both Christianity and Islam have a communitarian dimension: what the church is to Christianity the "umma" is to Islam. Muslims and Christians believe there is only one God / Allah. The basic testimony of Islam is called the 'shahada', the first clause of which states that "la ilaha illa Allah" -- "There is no god but God." This is certainly a statement that Christians would affirm. Many of the Muslim beliefs come from the Bible.
In His divine wisdom, the Lord foresaw that Paul would best fulfill His plan to spread the gospel of the resurrected Christ to the entire known western world in order to reach His people with the story of redemption. By outlining the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul the reader will discover, in short order, how God prepared and used Paul to reach "the whole world" with the gospel of Jesus Christ. SAUL OF TARSUS There are some men who have had a profound effect on the spread of Christianity. Men such as the Protestant Reformers Martin Luther, John Calvin, and