While reading Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason, it is apparent that one can question their true faith and where their beliefs really come from. From Paine it brought many questions of my loyalties lie and where my faith comes from. Throughout life, from time to time, questions of what is true from the Lord can be muddy. With this writing, there are many contradictions, false facts, and inconsistent thoughts. Paine’s main thesis discussed in the writing was his open mindedness for others to accept other religions and not blindly follow other people with that they believe.
We need guidance to learn and to improve our faith. God Knows the heart of each of us and no human can see what God sees or knows. So how do we know that we are saved? I Say that its important to have a strong relationship or foundation with god and to always build on it also first we must understand God's definition of what being "Saved "Mean. That’s why we sin because Satan does not want us to understand the meaning of being saved.
Calvin’s idea of predestination suggests that some people are God’s ‘elect’ and that, after death, these ‘elect’ will join God in heaven. Believers in predestination claim that our actions, whether ‘elect’ or ‘damned’, are predestined or decided by God; meaning that we have very little, if any at all, free will in our decision making or actions. This theory of predestination often leads people to believe in a God ‘who favours some but not all of his creation’, which would be intrinsically linked to miracles in the sense that, regardless of what we do, God has already decided whether he will interact with the world or perform a miracle. Miracles, in this sense, are seen not as unsystematic breaches of natural law but rather as the eternal intention of God for the world. For this reason, people who agree with Calvin in believing in predestination often find it difficult to understand why miracles aren’t common occurrences.
This does not make the reader believe that Prince Madoc is the true discoverer of the New World, contrary to the author’s beliefs. These two were the least plausible because they did not have any physical evidence. How is someone going to prove their theory based on tales? Most people cannot because they need proof in order to make them believe. Maybe if Donald Dale Jackson had given some more proof for his side of the story then maybe Prince Madoc and the Madman and the Irish Monk Brendan would not be the least plausible theories.
The moment when you realize that you can only get strength from God is when you will find the faith that Lewis mentions in this chapter. In order to get to this bankruptcy we have to fall multiple times and keep failing, then we will find the faith that we need. When we find that spot that we need to put all our trust in Him. We need to trust what God tells us, we need to follow His directions, and we do things not to get saved but because he has already began the saving within us. We don’t do things for a reward in heaven but we do them because the sign of Heaven is already inside of us.
The Bible cannot be solved with simplistic answers; and if, a person question the Bible’s authority then or she will doubt the Bible’s revelation authority. 1 The Bible and Myths: Chapter One John Oswalt in his book The Bible among the Myths shares many truths about the myths that surrounds the Bible. Many of the myths that encompass the Bible are from a person’s lack of knowledge of not knowing the definitions, and the proper use of words. Understanding the Word plays an important role in the understanding of the validity of scriptures. Greek philosophers of the seventh through the third century BC have introduced that this is a universe and not a polyverse.
To them, if there is a good side to the world and a bad side to the world, then there must be two gods to keep track of it all. Gnostic believers even present “evidence” defending their position through information found in the secret books of the gnostic gospels (29). Though this argument seems sound, orthodox Christianity is the more popular belief on this subject because the Gnostics were considered ignorantly dualistic; God clearly sent his word through the Bible stating that he is the one and only God that ever was and ever will
God’s Existence Bigfoot and the Lockness Monster is a couple of myths that humans have yet to prove or disprove existence. Humans argue back and forth desperately trying to prove their existence even if it means creating false evidence. The same can be said about the existence of God. God’s existence however is in a much higher level and has been argued by man for countless years. There are quite a few arguments to prove his existence and to disprove it in the Philosophical Traditions a Text with Readings, by Louis P. Pojman, also arguments taught in class.
But he is quick to say, "The Scriptures are the primary and normative source from which the Christian counselor’s presuppositions and principles must be drawn; the other two sources will help him to flesh out these principles in the concrete terms of everyday life" (Adams, 1973, p. 21). The Scriptures are to be the guiding and controlling point of all counseling. Outside systems are not to be read into the Bible. Psychologists often go to the Bible to find what they already believe. "But the Bible is used not
After reading both arguments I concluded that it is very hard to come to any conclusion about the origin of the universe and the world. Both arguments in my opinion are inductive arguments about religion, the origin and Nature of God and the universe. It’s like these are things that can never be proven true and absolute. Paley attempts to prove with his arguments that God is in fact the designer and creator of the universe. I agree with him.