However, after doing a little more research into the topic, I discovered a list of some of, what seem to me to be, bizarre beliefs along the religious front that Mormons follow. They believe in multiple Gods and multiple worlds, with each world having people living on it. We as humans are only under the power of our
Echoes of Humility The Ethics of James 4:1-10 in Light of the Words and Actions of Jesus By Noah Stepro James and 1st Peter Dr. Joel Green 6-10-08 Fuller P.O. Box# 797 2 “More than any other NT document James has been subject to shifting opinions of its interpreters.”1 At the heart of this change is the issue of Christology within the highly theocentric book of James. While the author makes no overt christological claims regarding Jesus of Nazareth, he explicitly calls him Lord or ku,rioj (vv. 1:1; 2:1) in two instances and refers to God by the same title (vv. 3:9; 5:4) later in the book.
These commissions have little in common, which indicates that they have been created by the individual evangelists to express their conception of the future of the Jesus movement. As a consequence, they cannot be traced back to Jesus" (Funk 1993:270). Despite this and views from other scholars, Christians today still look to fulfil the great commission and help spread the Gospel of Christ around the globe. Preterists believe that the great commission was already fulfilled by the first century disciples. They base this belief on several pieces of scripture which claim that the Gospel was preached everywhere.
ETH/125 January 25, 2015 Religion And Ethnic Diversity paper ETH/125 January 25, 2015 Religion And Ethnic Diversity paper Week 4 Assignment There are many ways that Mormons differ from other religious groups. I am catholic and I found out Mormons are very different from Catholics. Mormons believe in a modern day revelation through more scripture and prophets of God. When they say modern day this is as opposed to the revelation described in the scripture. They read and follow the bible but they also have the “Book of Mormon” which is another testament of Jesus Christ.
Although not itself a biblical term,”the Trinity” has been found a convenient designation for the one God self-revealed in Scripture as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It signifies that within the one essence of the Godhead we have to distinguish three “persons” who are neither three gods on the one side, nor three parts or modes of God on the other, but coequally and coeternally God. (Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, Walter Elvell – Editor, p.1112) THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD “TRINITY” Although the word “Trinity” is not mentioned directly in the Bible, we can be seen the concept of Trinity in the whole of Bible from the book of Genesis to Revelation. The English word Trinity is derived from Latin Trinitas, meaning “the number three, a triad.” This abstract noun is formed from the adjective trinus (threefold, triple), as the word unitas is the abstract noun formed from unus (one). The corresponding word in Greek is Τριάς, meaning “a set of three” or “the number three.” Tertullian (c.155 – c.220), one of our early church Apologetic Fathers and a Latin theologian who wrote in the
God is by definition Omnipotent (All-knowing) and the writers of the bible show this in different biblical accounts. Firstly, the writers of the bible refer to God as “causa Sui”, meaning god is the creator of himself and this demonstrates how God, as a creator, is omnipotent because if God had a creator then that creator would be more powerful than God. God being “causa Sui” demonstrates how he's superior also. Moreover, God being “Causa Sui” has similarities to Aristotle’s concept of the prime mover. However the comparison between God and Aristotle’s prime mover has some differences, such as the prime mover is just an abstract idea: it is not as loving as God nor does it wish to seek a relationship with humanity.
There are many reasons for why Christians believe in God. Firstly, some Christians believe that the Bible itself is from God, from himself and it is the revealed word of God. Christians believe that what is in the Bible must be true as it is there in the first place. Some, Christians are literalists who take what is in the Bible word for word, however, some are liberalists and understand what is in the Bible as a metaphor, however, still proves that God exists. Additionally, some Christians believe in the ontological argument by St Anselm, which suggests that God cannot not exist and so that it is logical to believe.
Christians could argue that they believe Jesus was still the Messiah and everything he stood for is what they believe in but maybe the authenticity of miracles today can be questioned as there is no Jesus around to prove them being performed by a Deity just as the definition says there should be. So believing in miracles would be hard to do because there is no proof because Christians just have to believe what the Bible says and can not question it even though there is no proof of miracles other than what the Bible says. It would be hard for Christians to believe in miracles because there is no evidence that supports them… (The Bible can’t be classed as evidence because it has no proof it’s real and could be a fictional book) But Christians would have to believe in them because if they disagree that would be sort of going against the belief of Jesus. I think Christians don’t have a choice and have to believe in miracles otherwise they’re going
Leibniz once said that ‘the Christian who already believes, Aquinas has proven that God exists’, I agree with this. However, for a person who doesn’t believe in ‘God’ Aquinas Cosmological argument is very hard to accept because, it doesn’t have very much evidence. It is based on assumptions. I then ask, what sort of argument is the Cosmological argument? I believe it to be a Posteriori argument.
Whereas theological and philosophical investigation has been an occupation for an intellectual elite, the popular religion has often tended to look for myths as a source of inspiration. It is given though, that the biblical account of creation in Gen. 1 is widely different from creation myths of the ancient Near Eastern world. The first verse is totally devoid of myth, stating the simple fact that God has created the heaven and the earth. The second verse is, surprisingly enough, perhaps the most mythical in the whole creation account. A number of primeval elements are introduced: tohu and bohu, usually translated as unformed and void; darkness; water; wind or spirit of God; an abyss.