The first belief system I will talk about is Christianity. This belief system is monotheistic because they believe in one God called Jesus Christ. Like documents 9,10 say they believe in one holy book called the Holy Bible (Documents 9,10). This book describes the things that Jesus Christ does and outlines the beliefs of what Christians should do. Christians believe that Humanity is saved through Gods grace and the acceptance of Christ as their savior.
Why do we have to know the Old Testament? We, as Christians, have a responsibility to know our past and what God has taught mankind. To do this, we must know and become familiar with the stories of the Old Testament such as the biblical flood or the story of our creation. These stories can help us learn about mistakes made by mankind in the past and about how our religion began. Knowing our past or how our religion began is imperative in order to call ourselves Christian.
Mr. Andrew made a good point in regard to the epistemological argument and how one error does not mean there are others, but the one error could open the Bible up to question what is true. His point to why the slippery-slope argument should be considered invalid is also convincing after reading his example. Mr. Andrews pointed out scriptures that state the Bible is God breathed, God cannot lie, and scripture was written as God’s will, not humans. 2 Peter 1:20–21 in its context seems to apply to prophecy and not necessarily to the Bible as a whole. Please note that I am going by the sub heading or passage description in my Bible.
Topic | Christianity | Islam | Judaism | Origin of the Name | From the Greek:christos, 'Anointed' - referring to Jesus Christ. | Derived from an Arabic word for 'submission'. Also related to the Arabic word salaam, 'peace'. | From the Hebrew:Yehudim, 'Judah'. | Founder | Jesus Christ (c. 4 B.C.
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit in John: The Holy Spirit in John’s gospel NBST 655 Vernon L Langley Liberty University Online Dr. Wayne Cornett May 3, 2012 Thesis statement: John's religious study of the Holy Spirit stands on subject matter found in Old Testament eschatological text, topics that are shared with the rest of the New Testament, particularly in the books of Luke and Acts, whilst one study the subject matter of Jesus’ baptism of believers with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit's possess a rejuvenating work as He integrates followers into the Gods Kingdom. Introduction: The Gospel of John is unmistakably reasonably unlike the Synoptic Gospels in its production of the Son of God, even though all of the Synoptic Gospels has its individual arrangement of Jesus; it can be said that the management of the Holy Spirit in John’s gospel is special, from that of any other text. Separately from the first reference of the Spirit in John 1:, each statement relating to the Holy Spirit comes from the mouth of Jesus Himself, while there is the commentary of the Evangelist on the words of Jesus in John 7: 39. Otherwise the author of the fourth gospel devotedly makes a replica of the main articles of the custom of Jewish eschatology production of God's Holy Spirit.
Revenge is “a pagan concept deeply embedded in most societies but at odds with Christian teaching” (Bevington 550). Pagan is “pertaining to the worship or worshipers of any religion that is neither Christian, Jewish, nor Muslim” (The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy). Christianity is “the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ” (According to The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy). The words of the characters show they consider themselves christian. The first glimpse of Christian elements in Hamlet is when Horatio is praying, “Heavens secure him!” (1.5.116).
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.
Baptism is the sacrament in which, by water and the word of God, a person is cleansed of all sin and reborn and sanctified in Christ to everlasting life (CatholicCulture.org). Salvation, eternal life after death, the purification of all sins, and the significance of the Holy Trinity are all Christian beliefs that are demonstrated throughout the sacrament of Baptism. Christians believe that baptism is the first step one must take in order to achieve salvation although many fundamental Christian denominations believe baptism is all that is necessary to achieve it. Catholics believe that baptism is the first hurdle that one takes in order to attain salvation although they accept the teaching of Romans 10:12 which states that one does not need to be baptised to receive salvation they just have to believe in Christ Jesus: "For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him”. They particularly stress that salvation is accomplished through faith in the Trinity, action and Baptism.
Baptism was first recorded in the New Testament when John the Baptist submerged Jesus in the River Jordan (Mark 1:9-11). Baptism was already a widely practiced rite of initiation for the Jewish religion as the cleansing of the body was seen as an act of purification in the eyes of God. Baptism actually comes from a Greek word that means to “plunge or immerse”. Of course this sacrament is a rite of initiation into the Catholic Church, and it is one of the few sacraments that is ex opere operato, “by the work worked”, which means that it is only the nature of the person receiving the sacrament that matters, if the priest has sinned or is not of the right disposition than God’s Grace will still visit upon the person. It also means that anyone can perform a baptism, as long as they get the basic words and acts correct.
However, the book of Genesis is not simply the introductory book of the Pentateuch, but rather it is the foundation of the Old Testament and ultimately the whole of Scripture (Zodhiates 2). Genesis is not limited to only the account of creation but emphasizes that the world was founded by God, that man was created in righteousness and true holiness, but that man fell by his own disobedience, and therefore was cursed by God. In addition, Genesis presents the first promise of a Redeemer, by whom the curse of death would be defeated. The rest of the Book of Genesis (Chapters 12-50) relates the narrative of the four great patriarchs of Israel: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. The theme of these chapters is the sovereignty in calling out a chosen people who would serve and worship God.