Religion: the best thing to ever happen to humanity or the one thing that is holding us back? While there are many arguments and testimonies that support either side, there is a clear answer. Religion, specifically judeo-christianity, in the western world has an array of disastrous issues ranging from bias teachings to abuse and hate crimes. There are countless examples of ways in which religion has, and is continuing to regress society’s views and morals. Ignorance and disdain from scientific fact, fear to act upon natural human impulse, innumerable human rights violations and of course wars on religion, are topics rarely discussed due to the concern of offending those who have a relationship with the creator. I will not be discussing the
Many believe that religion is the process an individual uses to obtain or receive those things that God has reserved for us. Others see religion as the process to obtain a high power, or protection from God. We all want to get to a level in our life where we can reach everything that humans need and achieve spirituality in a way that we can feel peace and joy inside us. Many see Roman Catholicism as the one true religion that assures the promise of God. Other Christian religions challenge this belief. I will argue that regardless of personal beliefs, if a person truly follows God and has a close relationship with God, then their religion will make a great impact in their life, no matter what denomination they follow. When a human being has the opportunity to practice and follow a religion, the things that such person can reach is unimaginable.
Christianity has been the cornerstone religion since the foretold birth of Christ, 21 centuries ago. The religion itself has gathered a following of about 2.1 billion people, which is over a third of the world’s population. However, not all of the aforementioned can be lumped under the same name of Christianity. Today, there are almost 40,000 denominations of Christianity practiced all over the world, each with its own unique beliefs and practices. The 2 most popular denominations today are Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. The purpose of this essay is to examine the historical significance of the two most predominate sects of Christianity.
However, things had begun to look up, for some in the group a few hours of work were available and the homeless got fed. One of the men talked about the same Good Samaritan who brought the grill also brought pots and pans, something the group sorely missed. Not to mention, other people have brought things like toiletries and soap. And still, bathing has been one of the many areas where the men were forced to do it Mother Nature's way, in the river that flows alongside their makeshift homestead. Now they have distilled water to use for washing themselves also their clothes for the time being.
The Christian Faith, the belief of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and resurrection from the dead through the holy spirit (ghost). The Christian faith has different denominations, or basically different branches or groups of the christian faith. The top three denominations of Christianity are, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Pentecostalism/Charismatic. In 2012, roughly 43,000 denominations existed. By 2025, people have estimated that there will be 55,000 denominations. These three questions, why the multitude of different denominations, does it matter what denomination an individual belongs to, what differences exist between denominations, will be answered.
Beliefs and morals are two concepts that explore the polarities of right and wrong. Tradition is the faith and practice that was imparted from Jesus to the Apostles and it is an essential belief for Orthodox Christians. Tradition is not only unchanging throughout history as it can be traced back to the Apostles, but it is also present in everyday moments through the idea of creative fidelity. Creative fidelity entails that we follow tradition and live it with the help of the Church. The Doctrine of Deification is another important belief that Orthodox Christians follow more literally than other Christians might. Deification refers to Christians becoming God and this became possible through the Incarnation of Jesus because if Jesus was human than all humans can be God. Moreover, Orthodox Christians relate this back to the Fall of
Most people define both Judaism and Christianity as a religion because there are ideas, practices, and disciplines inherent for each. The word “ethnic” does not usually factor into the discussion when it surrounds the religion itself. However, Judaism itself is not ethnic. There are people all over the world who consider themselves to be ethnically Jewish because they were born into a Jewish family and/or have Jewish lineage, but they do not necessary attend synagogue or participate in exclusively Jewish activities. Similarly, Christianity is a vast religion with a multiplicity of denominations inherent in it. Many people may identify religious as Christians yet do not attend church, read scripture or pray on a regular basis, or do any other Christian-like activities. Jewish identity specifically includes several characteristics that include ethnicity.
Throughout my understanding of Christianity growing up, Jesus has become synonymous with salvation through the church. I had spent a considerable amount of time pondering the usefulness or limitations of the church, for if God is everywhere, why would we need to go to church to find him? This is why it's striking that the sayings of this gospel appear to be saying that it is by knowing yourself that you achieve knowledge of salvation. We are divine beings entrapped in an impoverished body, and this entrapment in the material world is portrayed in a variety of ways. Salvation, then, comes by acquiring the true knowledge that can bring liberation from the body, as if waking from a dream. According to the New Testament, Jesus proclaimed “And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
“Science asks how, art asks who, and religion asks why” (Hewitt 7). Scientist can be religious and religious people can be scientist. Religion can be different for everyone. People worship different gods, practice different activities, and go to different churches. Everyone has their own thoughts on what being religious means. I believe you can be religious and not go to church, or you can be religious and go to church every Sunday and Wednesday. Being religious is not how much you pray or how many times you attend church in one month. To me, being religious is the personal connection you have with god and what he means to you.
Everyone has their time in life when God tests the strength of their faith. These tests can cause you to break down, and they can torture you mentally. Most of the time, these tests are really big. For example, if someone you love gets sick and you want to help, but there is nothing that you can do. This is what happened to me, and it came to me through my mom suffering from a large brain tumor. Through my mother’s hardship and my reliance on my Christian faith, I learned important lessons such as, self control, putting all faith in God, and the importance of loving others for who they are.
My Christian faith along with my career in the military has shaped my values and morals that I hold to this day. They are the cornerstone of how I make my decisions on right vs, and right vs. wrong scenarios. Decisions sometimes can be very complex, but I believe that bright and wrong never changes and decisions must be made on the facts. Leaders are charged with making decisions with the information they have at the time and sometimes time does not permit long analysis like in a combat situation. When time is of the essence your values and morals are even more important as you would have to make the decision on what is known as your gut feeling. When you have strong values and morals that you truly live by this can be seen by your employees
What is Christianity? Some might say that Christianity is simply the belief in Jesus Christ. They would be correct, but Christianity is so much more than that. It is also the belief that Jesus Christ died for our sins and just like he came back from the dead, he will come back once again for all who have faith in him and for those who do not will wish they had. It is also the belief that God is the Trinity which is the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost. In my opinion, Christianity is made up of a few things: understanding the basics of the bible, faith in Jesus Christ, and spreading the word of God.
Religion itself is simple and yet complex, myths explained the origins of the human species and this made up of different beliefs in the world we live in. Western culture has many religions, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are just three of the most popular religions in the world’s population. These three religions believe that the universe came into existence and is controlled and governed by one God. The Catholic religion is the world’s largest single religious body and the largest church, they claim the church was founded by Jesus Christ. Orthodox is the oldest religious institution in the world, teaching that is the One, holy Catholic and Apostolic church established by Jesus Christ, faith passed down from the Apostles. Protestant is a
Christianity is about 2,000 years old, beginning around 30 CE with the death of Jesus Christ. Over the centuries, Christianity has divided into vast amount of denominations, because some Christians worship in different ways and believe in different parts of the Bible. According to arabamericanmuseum.org, each denomination has its own distinctive beliefs or practices, but they are generally considered a branch of mainstream Christianity if they agree on core doctrines like the divinity of Jesus Christ and the authority of the Bible. The three main largest denominations of Christianity are Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestant, with Catholicism being the largest. Christians believe that there is only one god, but that there are three elements of God, including the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They believe these are 3 forms of the same God, similar to how water can exist in 3 forms of liquid, gas and solid. They also believe that 2,000 years ago in Israel, God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to earth to save humans from the consequences of their sins. He gave his life by being crucified and on the third day rose from the dead. Faith in Jesus Christ himself, not just in his teachings, is how the Christian experiences joy and a meaningful life. Jesus claimed to be the God in human form, rather than prophet who is pointing to God. He performed miracles, forgave people of their sin and said that anyone who believed in him would have eternal life. He made statements like, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (biblehub.com ) The Christian holy book is called the Bible. It reveals God's personality, his love and truth, and how each person can have a relationship with him. Whatever circumstances a Christian is dealing with in their life, the Bible teaches that they can confidently turn to a wise and powerful God who truly loves
Christianity is the world 's largest and leading religion encompassing 2.1 billion followers. Jesus is the central figure of Christianity. Christianity began as an idea centered around a single appealing teacher sharing His word with a group, and has blossomed into a strong uniform religion. Followers of the Christian faith base their beliefs on the life, teachings, and death of Jesus Christ (Wellman). Jesus was crucified on a cross. His death made salvation and forgiveness of sins possible for all (Wellman). Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (25...Bible Verses- Matthew 19:14). He taught and preached about heaven, and how it provided eternal life to those who followed him. Jesus said to His followers, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (25...Bible verses- John 8:31-32). He spoke about free will towards men and promised