Julian Of Norwich: Faith In Christianity

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Faith in Christianity Faith has been the primary premise for Christianity throughout time. Without having faith Christianity would be lacking the necessary motivation to practice their beliefs. Faith is what gives people hope in the Christian tradition. There many varying views and interpretations of faith that have been passed down through the Christian tradition, some widely conflicting, but all that holding their own personal merit. Many of these beliefs stood the test of time and are still prominent today. In the 14th century a woman named Julian, now known as Julian of Norwich, used her faith to guide not only herself but others with visions that God has presented to her. These visions were bestowed to her on her deathbed (The Julian…show more content…
She was of Catholic faith, and became a spiritual counselor after receiving visions from God while she was on her deathbed. “People would come to her cell in Norwich to seek advice. Considering that, at the time, the citizens of Norwich suffered from plague and poverty, as well as a famine, she must have counselled a lot of people in pain. Yet, her writings are suffused with hope and trust in God's goodness.” (The Julian Centre). She was obviously highly revered, amongst the people whom she counselled. Julian of Norwich wrote the “Showings”. In this writing she talks about the visions she had and how she deeply desired to share the suffering of Christ. Her faith is solely and wholly in God, whom she believed contacted her directly. She believed God is good and would do anything for his creations. She stated that God has shown her teachings in three parts, by bodily visions and by the words that formed to her understandings and the last by spiritual visions. (Giuliana,135). Julian has love for God just as God loves her. “I trust in our Lord God Almighty that we will, out of goodness and for love of you” (Giuliana,135-136). She has faith in God loving his creation and that his creation shares the same love back. Julian says something extremely important from one of the visions she had “But all will be, well, and every kind of thing will be well” (Giuliana,149). She speaks about the passion of the Lord and his sacrifice.…show more content…
Calvin believes faith isn’t just in the church and that one does not need to have all the sacraments to be a faithful Christian. Calvin believes that with scripture through the word of God one can be a devoted Christian. Throughout the entire letter back to Sadoleto, Calvin uses scripture to support his views and defending the protestants He began saying “For we all born first for God, not for ourselves” (John Olin,52). Calvin doesn't respect the argument of tradition, because there are, many other faiths that have been passed down through tradition. He references other religions and faiths such as Jews, Turks, and Saracens. He believes that they would evade God’s judgement, if tradition was accepted as the only basis of faith. (John Olin, 90) “man is justified in God’s sight and he is justified by faith or works” (John Olin, 90). Calvin refutes all of Sadoleto attacks he wrote in his letter towards Calvin. Calvin proves Sadoleto points are wrong with the use of scripture. Calvin believes scripture is a key part of faith. It is the word of God. A faithful Christian believes in god and obeys what god has said. He believes that Protestants have a closer more meaningful interpretation of scripture, which refutes Sadoletos claim that they are falsifying the word. “When we embrace Christ by faith, and come, as it were, into communication with Him, this we term, after the manner
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