However, the individual is still left to decide where to stand in relation to church teaching. In Protestant churches, the Bible has a much greater authority than the church. Natural Law holds a dominant position. The Church encourages a range of different approaches, but when it comes to official church teaching, the vast majority of statements, encyclicals etc. are strongly in-line with Natural Law.
This is called Christian pacifism. Though the old testament sometimes saw god as the commander of armies, normally fighting for Israel. Jesus sought the teachings of a strand of the old testament found in the vision of the prophet Zechariah, a messiah who banished chariots and war horses and spoke of peace to every nation. Jesus took the part of the suffering servant of Isaiah, who would redeem humanity by his own undeserved suffering as seen in his crucifixion. In a teaching on The Mount (Matthew 5-7), he taught his followers to love their enemies, to forgive those who had wronged them, and to respond to violence with non-violence, returning good for evil.
Yes, of the Gentiles also:” (Romans 3:29). Christianity is for the whole world, not just a particular class, creed or race of people. For the human identity, Paul wanted everyone to know about their salvation through Jesus Christ. The universal uniqueness, of the Jews remained and stands that they are the selected people of God, therefore, as such that they are bound to a greater standard under the law. ” By works of the law no human being will be justified in His sight” (Piper,
There are not many authors throughout church history who have been able to touch the centrality and supremacy of Christ like T. Austin Sparks and Watchman Nee. Their writings are apparently floating to the surface of modern religious Christianity... and they are choking out the empty dead adages and 12 step "purpose-driven" life plans. These simple Christ-centered messages are helping believers everywhere to see the simplistic nature of our faith. And Watchman Nee touches on so of these in his book “Christ: The Sum of All Spiritual Things” In "Christ: The Sum of All Spiritual Things," Nee says that Too often Christians view Christ as the one who gives us the stuff or the "things" we need to succeed and to live victoriously. We must stop running after the accumulation of worthless religious "things" and find our satisfaction in the Person of Christ.
With all of the differences in the dogmas between Christianity and Mormonism, there is strong evidence that these two faiths cannot be linked together solely on the fact that they both believe in Jesus Christ being the savior of mankind. Many Christians believe that Mormonism is not a true Christian religion, although Mormons make the claim that they are based on their faith in the Christ Jesus as the sole savior of the world. Can Mormonism, a polytheistic religion, truly be considered Christian, when Christianity
Protestants do not recognize the power of the Pope, refuse many customs and values of the Catholic Church, put emphasis on the importance of understanding the Bible and embrace the doctrine of deliverance by faith alone. Protestantism includes abundant denominational groups, as well as Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Pentecostals and Evangelicals. Christian practices differ by denomination, but general essentials include a Sunday worship service, confidential and shared prayer, study and understanding of the Scriptures, and contribution in such rites as baptism and communion. Distinguishing Catholic practices consist of acknowledgment of seven overall sacraments, Sunday mass, dedication to the Virgin Mary and the saints, and admiration of relics and places connected with holy figures. Eastern Orthodoxy holds a lot of practices in relation with Catholicism, but is particularly distinguished by the vital role of icons: metaphorical images of Christ and the saints alleged to have provided a relationship to the spiritual world.
There are some that criticize the Biblical Christian worldview because they see Christianity as being mythical. As a Christian I was taught to walk by faith and not by sight. That concept is very difficult for some to grasp because if they cannot see, touch, or taste it then it doesn't exist. I feel having science along with the God's grace leading the way you have the best case
Christianity and Judaism are both monotheistic religion that were founded in the Middle East. These two faiths share common history and traditions, a respect for the Bible, a conviction that there is one God, a belief in prophets and divine revelation, and a holy city in Jerusalem, but they also differ significantly in matters of belief and practice from their understanding of God to the identity of the prophets and Jesus and the authority of various scriptures. Christianity believes in the holy trinity: god the father, god the son, and god the holy spirit whereas Judaism believes in one god: Yahweh. 2. Identify one or two points of similarity or difference regarding the Jewish and Christian conceptions of human nature.
Luther later formed Protestantism on these two central beliefs. You are accurate in saying that faith alone, grace alone, and scripture alone was the foundation of Luther’s theology, but as the Reformation proceeded, many Protestants rejected some of his ideas. Marsiligio of Padua felt that those who were running the Church were getting away from the original message of Christ. John Wycliffe was conflicted by a number of things within the Catholic Church. Wycliffe could find no clear documentation in the bible for transubstantiation; he determined that bread never ceased to be bread.
The Disguised Truth About American Christianity In “The Christian Paradox: How a Faithful Nation Gets Jesus Wrong,” Bill Mckibben argues that the way Americans view the messages and teachings Christianity displays are far from what the Gospels of the Bible actually say and teach. McKibben points out how our nation is the most outspoken when it comes to Christianity. However, he later goes on to claim that as the most outspoken of the Christian nations our actions and decisions do not reflect what we preach. It is this contradiction that McKibben insists is the paradox of our Christianity in America. According to a statistic laid out by McKibben, seventy-five percent of the American population is under the belief that “God helps those who