Therefore, man is obligated to repent and put his faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation and bear good fruit or face the righteous judgement of God. In Romans 1:20, Paul reveals that the natural world testifies to a supernatural cause. According to the scientific evidence, nature itself had a beginning. As Dr. Frank Turek points out, the supernatural cause that created nature must be spaceless (Because it created space), timeless (Because it created time), immaterial (Because it created matter), powerful (Because it created out of nothing), intelligent (Because the creation event and the universe was precisely designed), and personal (Because it made a choice to convert a state of nothing into something; impersonal forces don’t make choices). 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).
Although the Prime Mover and the Judeo Christian concept of God have many differences they are both responsible for the existence of our universe. The Judeo Christian concept of god is portrayed as a craftsman who purposefully created the universe in an anthropocentric way. The way in which the creation is described in Genesis 1 and 2 shows that god had a plan, as he creates the world in six days and also how he does everything with a purpose to replace the imperfect, as he replaces darkness with light. God is also aware of his creation and he takes pride in his work as he says “It is good.” This is very different to the Prime mover, as he did not create the world; he was merely responsible for the existence of it. Because the Prime Mover existed he set of a chain of reactions which caused the world into existence.
This intended that he was the divine Son of God and recognised as being ‘one with the Father’. Christian adherents believe of the divinity through the birth of Virgin Mary and the Son of God. Shown in the scripture passage Matthew 1:16, “and to Jacob was born Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ”, this can explicitly identify the Virgin birth, thus showing divinity. He was recognised as being human, living with normal human restrictions and sufferings however; was considered Son of God as his life, death and resurrection plays importance in humanity. Through the divinity and humanity of the Christ, Christians and believers share the stories through word of mouth.
Explained earlier, God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus. God then created a miracle, allowing Mary to be pregnant while still having her virginity. This obviously explains why God is the father of Jesus Christ. Next, God is our father, meaning he is our creator. Christians believe that we are living and moving because of God, if it was not for him we would not be here.
TRINITARIAN CONTROVERSY (CONT’D) Reading: C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book IV (“Beyond Personality”), chapters 1-4 („Making and Begetting‟, „The Three-Personal God‟, „Time and Beyond Time‟, and „Good Infection‟) Preparation Questions: 1. How does Lewis try to make the Christian notion of the Trinity more understandable to his readers? Briefly discuss his explanation of the ideas of „begotten‟, „personalities‟, and the idea of God „beyond time‟. His explanation of the word begotten comes very easily when he says “a man begets a child, but he only makes a statue.” He makes things of the same nature as himself.
Adherents believe meaning can be found in their response to evil and suffering. A principal belief of Christianity is that God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, as a human to model how to be truly human and to reach full potential as an adherent. Adherents believe Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary through the Immaculate Conception after Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to bring her the news. It is believed Jesus Christ was sacrificed through his crucifixion to save adherents from their sins, and
As Saint Augustine wrote in Book I, Chapter I of Confessions, “Thou hast prompted him, that he should delight to praise thee, for thou hast made us for thyself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in thee.” Who we are and why we are here in Christianity is very much connected. To be created in the image of God is to say that we have things like a mind and a personality, as God also has, and as such, we are creative and on a smaller scale, we can create, and in so doing, point back to the creativity of the Creator. According to the Westminster Confession, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” To glorify God is man showing the greatness of God’s creation, the pinnacle of which is man in God’s image. However, we are not only to glorify Him, but also to enjoy Him for who He is. John 17:3 sums up the point of life: to know God.
But beginning in chapter 12 Paul turns his full attention on the ethical implications of the gospel.” (393) The process of sanctification is constant. The Holy Spirit is always transforming us into the image of Christ. When we accept and believe the Good News an evident change will occur in our lives. Paul then teaches of how our lives will be transformed by the mercies of God. Romans 12:1-2 reads that we will be
Name: Rani B. Saliba Writing Style Used: APA Fifth Course and Section Number: Theo 201 – B16 Short Essay on Inspiration and Inerrancy of the Bible First we’ll discuss the authority of the bible; Authority is defined as “the right and power to command”. The authority of the bible comes from the fact that the fact that the bible is the physical result of God revelation of himself to mankind. In John 1:14 it says “14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is described as the word of god. And Mathew28:18 say “Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”.
I know this is true because it says so in the Bible. I believe the Bible is the word of God, given to man, and written into a book. My view on this is the same as Billy’s view on the nature of God. Billy said “The Bible is a book of Redemption, and of course I accept the Creation story. I believe that God did create the universe.” (Letters to Creationist, 2010).