John asks Mond if it is natural to feel the existence of God, and Mond responds that people believe what they have been conditioned to believe. “Providence takes its cue from men” John claims that if the people of the World State believed in God, they wouldn’t be degraded by their pleasant vices. Mond rebuts that Soma is “Christianity without fears.” 18 Bernard and Helmholtz say goodbye to John. Bernard apologizes for the scene in Mond’s office. John asks Mond if he can go with them to the islands, but Mond refuses because he wants to continue “the experiment”.
That did not turn out that good. Even though they were the main religion, they weren’t controlling anything, Constantine loved being in charge of everything, playing are religion like little puppets. I think know that church is getting way to public and God doesn’t want public Now moving into God and the bible’s perspective on things. Here is a quote directly from Exodus 20:1, NIV, and “You shall have no other gods before me”. And I interrupt this not only as just other gods, but also things that hinder our religion.
Movies and TV shows have been portraying Christians as judgmental, mindless, know-it-alls for years. Cartoons like Family Guy, The Simpsons, and South Park, have depicted Christians as ignorant and condemning. Our culture recognizes wisdom and love as virtuous, but in view of the media’s portrayal of Christians, it is safe to assume that believers are not up to par on either of these things. Believers need to reexamine what it means to love God with all their mind and in doing so love others. Believers practicing loving God with all their mind would be a witness to this world and even a way of reaching out in compassion and gentleness we have left behind by burying our arguments in our Bibles and not engaging the questions raised by the lost.
He goes on to say that few have broken from societies’ chains and fewer still because of our inability to “cultivate our minds”(601). Kant then moves on to the use of reasoning, of which he says there are two types: public and private reasoning. Private use of one’s reasoning is doing something mandatory, while public “must always be free”(601). After this he goes on to say that religion tends to “keep all further enlightenment away from the human race forever”. (602) He moves on to the subject of ruling shortly thereafter, in which he thinks a ruler’s duty is “not to prescribe anything to human beings in religious matters but to leave them complete freedom”(603) and so, the ruler “is himself enlightened”(603).
‘The religious experience argument is the most convincing proof for the existence of God.’ How far do you agree with this statement? This essay will discuss the reasons both, for and against the above statement. I will analyse the arguments put forward by a variety of philosophers and thus reach a conclusion. Religious experiences can be defined as a subjective experience where an individual reports contact with a transcendent reality, an encounter or union with the divine. An example of such can be noted Biblically from the times of Saul – a man who spent his life persecuting Christians.
Voltaire on Religious Tolerance During the age of Enlightenment many people, especially those belonging to the middle class, began writing against the way society lived. Many people also wrote against the church and the way the church wanted to run things. Voltaire always spoke against the church but he also believed in religious tolerance because in the end he was raised with religious beliefs that could not be forgotten. Just like John Huss and Martin Luther, Voltaire received punishment for trying to unmask the church although what they spoke the truth. This is why I believe he started this piece talking about an Irish priest who wrote a pamphlet on religious tolerance.
Tocqueville argues that the only thing which will keep Americans away from these dangers, which would undoubtedly lead to despotism is religion as source of moral education. He says that all decisions by man are a result of the values which man has received from god and without these values we would be left to a life full of disorder. Religion indirectly affects the state through mores which are described as “the whole moral and intellectual state of a people.”(287) These mores are what prevents democracies from being engulfed by the dangers which are products of tyranny and despotism. In a state without religion “each man gets into the way of having nothing but confused and changing notions about the matters of greatest importance to himself and his fellows”(444) and when combating materialism, the presence of religion “places the
Asahara proclaimed to be able to travel forward and speak with survivors of World War III. His followers believed he could predict or foresee the future, hence, him predicting World War III. He taught his followers that outsiders and outside influences could not understand their mystical religion which the outside world wanted to destroy. Followers regarded Asahara as the supreme truth, which the word “Aum” means in Japanese. Joining this religious group was not expensive all they needed to do was study the teachings of Asahara, they needed to listen to his audiotapes, watch movies of his teachings, and pay a small monetary fee to become an active member.
They form a group that’s goal is to trick Jesus in what he is saying, the group is composed of Herodians and Pharisees. The second line is, “And they came and said to him, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’” At first they are complimenting Jesus so that he will not see their true motives behind approaching him, then they ask him the question that is meant to trap him. Should Jesus say “yes” to this this question, his answer would have gone against Judaic law and Jesus’ followers would most likely turn against him. If Jesus were to say “no”, then his answer
And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” * 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self discipline.” * Romans 8:6 “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the spirit control your mind leads to life and peace” * John 16:33 “ I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have over come the world.” What are some of the ways they seek inner peace * Prayer: either communal or personal setting provides a means to reflect on the nature of peace on their lives * Meditation: assisting to cope with the pressures of contemporary lifestyles.