Religion

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“Religions have developed systems of beliefs to respond to the big questions in life.” The Protestant Christian Tradition has a set of rituals and beliefs that set the foundation for their faith. The acceptance in a triune God, that is; God as three persons that are collectively one, God; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, is a fundamental part in the Protestant Christian Traditions understanding of the Characteristics of God. His nature is also understood as being transcendent –existing out of space and time, and immanent – being present within space and time. God’s image is present in humanity and thus these beliefs in God and his character enable us to get a clear understanding of our purpose in life, and the responsibility we…show more content…
In genesis we get an idea of the trinity being presented when God speaks “Let us make man in our image, according to Our likeness” and continues to refer to himself as plural. In the New Testament, there are countless occasions where the trinity is referenced; “Baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19). This idea of the trinity came about in response to Arius’ teachings on the father’s divinity over the Son and the utterly transcendent, immutable and impassable nature of God. The fullest expression of the concept of the trinity was introduced by Tertullian, a Latin theologian who wrote in the early third century. Tertullian created the words "Trinity" and "person" and explained that the Bible taught that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were "one in essence - not one in Person. A century after Tertullian, the Council of Nicea set out to officially define the relationship of the Son to the Father, in response to the controversial teachings of Arius. Led by Bishop Athanasius, the council affirmed the doctrine of the Trinity as orthodoxy in contrast to Arius ' teaching that Christ was the first creation of God. Thus the trinity was accepted as an official religious dogma. The creed adopted by the council described Christ as "God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance (homoousios) with

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