Today i will talk about two catholic belief statements, Salvation and the Blessed Trinity. starting off with Salvation. The definition of Salvation is: the deliverance from sin that we can accomplish through a relationship with God. This means that through our relationship with God in faith, worship and prayer, we can achieve Salvation. Although many people believe that Salvation is mostly about God’s judgement, the most important part of this belief is the possibility of being reunited with God.
Of the idea of God, Dewey said, "it denotes the unity of all ideal ends arousing us to desire and actions.” Jesus Christ had a different belief when it came to the existence of God and the increase of “human good”. Jesus believes that he is the son of God and that he is also God. That view differs from Dewey’s view all together because Dewey believes that that there was not personal God or Christ. “Education” that omits reference to Jesus’ role in this world is not education at all. (John 14:6) Jesus believed that God had communicated truth to all mankind through personal revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ and today Christians believe that God reveals himself through propositional, verbalized revelation of Himself in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
Kant proclaims “the belief that we have cognition of something through experience which we in fact cannot accept as happening according to objective laws of experience (faith in miracles)”(p.185). He credits faith's mass appeal and staying power as the main reason for the growth of corrupted notions of miracles and saving grace. Kant was not a believer that accepting Jesus Christ as our savior would be all that is needed in Christian grace to free oneself from sin. Kant says “It is totally inconceivable, however, how a rational human being who knows himself to deserve punishment could seriously believe that he only has to believe the news of satisfaction having been rendered Page 1 for him, and accept it utiliter, in order to regard his guilt as done away with” (p. 123). These ideas of Kant seem to imply he is not a believer of Jesus or that miracles have never happened, the idea Kant is developing that miracles are not necessary for us to develop moral
According to Christians, Jesus Christ is known as the Savior of the world, and the Son of God. He came down from Heaven to free the people from their sins. Gandhi was a leader of India, who was an extreme activist that wanted to make the world a peaceful place to live. Because of my strong Catholic faith, I choose to follow Jesus Christ. However, this in no way means that I do not believe in everything Gandhi stood for.
He believes reason and faith are the two paths to access the truths of God’s existence. Faith is a trusted belief in God through scripture; it does not rest with logic and is beyond reason. But reason is a logical way of making sense of something that is not tangible. St. Thomas realized many people doubt the existence of God because there is no logic to explain God’s existence. For St. Thomas his mission in life was to prove the existence of God through reason.
Believing that God is searching for leaders to bring about changes on the earth, he begins the book by highlighting the principle: true greatness, true leadership, is found in giving yourself in service to others, not in manipulating others to serve you, admonishing, “we must put more into life that we take out," and that history will only remember a man for "the quality of his deeds and the character of his mind and heart" (15). Somewhere in the midst of this tension a true Christian leader will develop themselves and their abilities to be in service of God’s purpose. In the end, he writes, “Spiritual leadership is not a calling we choose to pursue; it is a calling we choose to answer. We don’t decide to become leaders; we decide to respond and keep responding to God’s call in our lives. Along the way, whether we like it or not, that involves us in leadership.” Although we can learn about leadership skills or develop and refine natural talents, spiritual leadership is a gift or grace of God bestowed to us, which we can accept or reject.
Introduction Salvation is widely defined as the “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin or loss”, though when defined in a theological sense, salvation is deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ”6 (definitions taken from the Oxford dictionary online edition 2014). In the Catholic tradition, the term Soteriology is used when dealing with the question of what salvation (taken from the Greek word soteria) is, more specifically, what is “salvation and how it is acquired”, which in conjunction with the aforementioned theological definition, compromises of the ‘study of the ways in which salvation is conceived and especially the manner in which it is connected with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ’ (McGrath4, 2011). The New Testament is comprised of twenty-seven books attributed to eight different writers, and from these books content Edwards, 5 writes that they contain five concepts that deal with the “transformation of human existence through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus”. These five concepts “express the meaning of Jesus for us”, the fifth and perhaps the most important of the concepts is salvation. When summarising salvation in the New Testament at the conclusion of his five concepts, Edwards writes that that “the very diversity of the New Testament theologies of salvation, and metaphors for salvation, both speak of the vitality of the early Church’s experience of God’s saving action, and also makes clear that for the New Testament church no one image or theology was absolute”.
Some have criticized James in that they thought he was teaching that salvation was by works alone, but in reality he is complementing Paul’s teaching of salvation by faith. The two go hand in hand. Salvation by faith results in holy living (Harper, 1967). The book is included to help believers put their faith into action. It is not enough to talk the talk but to also live it (James 2:14, New Living Translation).
For the last century, philosophers have focused on problems concerning religious language. After understanding that language is the way that we communicate concept, trying to describe concepts that no one physically sees and hears, such as God became a massive dilemma. Religious believers have to use language to make statements about God and his being and aspects known to be able to express human understanding. How do the meanings of words change when applied to God? To use univocal or universal language for God raises the problem being that if we argue God is ‘all loving,’ we would also be able to describe a loved one as such, thus demining his almighty status as a supreme being, so how can we use words to accurately describe God?
God wished for man to exercise his will. Augustine and Pelagius both agreed on some of the basic tenets of the faith like whether or not man has a free will. However, they had differing views on things like original sin and the power of sin over our free will. Human Sin You can overcome sin but how? Augustine Augustine believed you could overcome sin only by relying on faith and receiving salvation through Jesus Christ.