Born in church, the Bible has become a law book and a testament of salvation for all. Reading the Bible helps me to uncover God’s qualities through the human history and Christ’s life. The reason for the Bible is to have viewpoints about how to receive salvation; however, most will consider their interpretations of the Bible in their own way without crediting inspiration from God. The Bible written for each person on Earth shows the divine grace and mercy of God towards others.
Paul’s writings are congregational writings sent to churches. Most considered Paul’s writings irrelevant; they considered his writings spoke to Ephesus, Colossus, and other churches during his Christian journey. Feminists have thought Paul had discriminated women overall, saying women need to cover their hair (1 Corinthians 11:4-16); in addition, Paul stated that women could not teach, keeping man’s authority on top (1 Timothy 3:11-12).
The reason why I stated that the Bible is congregational was that Paul applies his messages to everyone. However, the letters he wrote applied diverse messages to different churches. For example, he wrote the letter of Romans to the church of Corinth to show how Jews and Gentiles are saved through faith and that the law kept them in sin (Romans 3:28). Another example is to show the church of Galatia that no division or group can approve that they are saved (Galatians 3:28). Paul’s letters only showed the congregational message where it speaks to all people about God’s
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It is determined by the readers and writers’ religious response to the world and by a person's final cultural categories of rhetoric. Apostle Paul’s journey to minister and teach the church, embodied more than one religious response, his primary response was the Reformist view of the world (see Table 1). This assumes that salvation would come from supernaturally given insight to deal with corruption in social organizations and structures (Robbins, 1996). His secondary religious response to the world was Revolutionist (see Table 1). This view declares that a supernatural power has to destroy the natural earth for salvation to come, as believers feel compelled to participate in changing the world in word and in deed (Robbins, 1996). Apostle Paul encouraged the church of Philippi to be humble and work together because others are watching their example. It is clear that his ministry was a religious movement due to his consciousness of the group. In chapter 2 verse 4, the Apostle Paul appeals to keep the harmony and solidarity of the group (Desilva, 2004); explaining that Christ’s example of humility is the solution to selfish motivations and vanity.
Paul acknowledged this movement of ladies when he joined the congregation that utilized this baptismal belief. He kept on accepting that women could talk in Christian love gatherings, lead nearby chapels, and go as evangelists. It is apparent from his references in his epistles to women taking part in these parts. Despite the fact that he acknowledged the practice that woman could talk in chapel love congregations. In Paul's own particular works, he accepted that ladies could educate and lead houses of worship, despite the fact that he wished them to do as such with the traditional sign of women's secondary status on their
In Romans 1-8 Paul is writing to teach the doctrine of Christ. Although Paul goes into much more depth in these eight chapters, his message ultimately boils down to the following sentence. We have all sinned and deserve death, however, through the redemption and sanctification of Christ we have been saved and should now lead, Christ centered lives of faith.
Whilst the bible does not specifically mention euthanasia, it does address closely related topics. Euthanasia is essentially killing out of mercy, hence the name ‘mercy killing’. The bible tells us that we are not to murder (Exodus 20:13) and any form of taking a life is seen as killing. It says that we die when God chooses us to, and to murder is an attempt to deny God his right of appointing death. Therefore, ‘mercy killing’ is going against God’s will and is a sin. The sixth commandment is “You shall not murder”, and that justifies what is previously said. However, in the beatitudes, it says “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy”. If we show mercy by killing,
Liberal is a word whose meaning has multiple connotations. For many the word is synonymous with freedom and open-mindedness. For others, it refers to people and ideas that lack practicality and discipline. When the Puritans came to America in 1630, their leader John Winthrop told them to be liberal in spirit in a way that was like the prophet Nehemiah’s urgings and Matthew’s teachings of kindness. However, he also reminded his followers to balance benevolent generosity for strangers with prudent care for their families. He felt that kindness and liberality to the poor was the best way to show God’s love and grace. Winthrop felt that the Puritans should be willing to give up their desires to help provide the poor with the things that they needed. This is because materialism was thought to be counterproductive to the teachings of the Bible. The Bible teaches that one should have no god but God and that if a person focused too much on obtaining profit and materialistic pleasures they would perish. Since this period there has been a struggle in America to balance concern for oneself and one’s family with that of the community.
Not knowing or understanding the biblical worldview, as Christians, can be very detrimental to the people of the world, because we are called to lead others to Christ. In today existence, there are many cries and screams for answers for everyday life; furthermore, the greatest and the most difficult achievement is to find meaning in life. I read an interesting book about worldview by Phillips, W. G., Brown, W. E. & Stonestreet, J (2008). Making sense of your world; A biblical worldview quoted, “A worldview has been compared to a pair of glasses through which we see the world. Without these glasses, the world would appear as an unfocused, meaningless blob of people, places, and ideas. Our worldview puts the world in focus and shapes how we make
Christianity is interpreted in different ways depending on one’s acquired knowledge of the religion and its beliefs. There are many different interpretations of Christianity, so the ideal principles of the religion are sometimes lost. In the Letter of Paul to the Galatians, Paul writes to the Galatians, addressing their unrighteous actions toward Christianity. Every religion has requirements that the followers should practice and lived by; this concept also, applies to Christianity. Paul, an apostle, received his authority from God, which implies that he obeys and understands the laws of Christianity.
The Bible is the account of God’s action in the world through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. It also explains what God’s purpose is for His people and creation. I believe that it is important to spend time in this Living Word, so that we can better understand the way God intends for us to live and further His kingdom. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). I believe these words were given to us for a reason and have so many lessons pertaining to each scripture. Understanding what is written can often be tricky, so it is essential to spend time in devotion, interpreting scriptures, and seeking God to reveal more meaning behind them. Two challenging scriptures to discern are 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and Matthew 5:27-30.
The role of women in the in society has—even from ancient times—been limited by men for various reasons. In fact, as early as the first century A.D., women were considered their husband's property and were by no means their equals. Women during this time had very little protection or rights under the law. Unfortunately, the Christian church is no exception. One of the main founders of the Christian church, the apostle Paul, outlines teachings that come under modern criticism. Some call Paul patriarchal and misogynist. Others call Paul an advocate of women leaders and women ministers in the church. This paper will examine the different claims outlined in Rosemary Ruether’s paper, “St. Paul, Friend or Enemy of Women?”
The building blocks and foundation of the bible and a biblical world view starts in the first eleven chapters of Genesis. Without this primeval history we would not have the understating of numerous things, developing many questions and doubts in our faith. It is the basis of our natural world; how it has begun and came to be. The basis of our identity; how we got here, by who, and the reason for being. The basis for our relationships; how they should be, and for what reasons. The basis for civilization; what we are to do here on earth, why we do it, and for what or whom we do this for. Again the first eleven chapters are essential to many aspects of my world view and the beginning to everything I know, see, and understand
The Holy Bible, one of the most influential and important books in the history of Western Civilization, if not the world. It is a central part of the lives of an estimated 2.4 billion people, the scriptures are described as “the Sword of the Spirit” in Ephesians 6:17 and are the basis of Christian theology. Obviously, the Bible is of great significance to anyone who wants to know about God, the Gospels or Christianity. That is why, as the first post in For the Love of Jesus, I want to go over seven key reasons to study this amazing book.
The common misconception in Paul epistles is his wish to repress females and only to serve and listen to their husband. This is often supported in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 “women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. If they want to inquire about something they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church”. However most of Paul’s teaching on women are rather radical and forward-thinking for his time.
The historical Jesus has always been a fascinating character, one who has sparked controversy since the beginning of his time. For one, we have very little historical proof of the life of Jesus, just writing from “a Jewish Historian named Josephus, whose writing has been confirmed by archaeological studies.” (Fisher, 302). We also have writings about Jesus’ life, in particular all that can be found in the bible. One thing that is a constant mystery, that even the bible can’t fully answer, is the childhood of the historical Jesus. That is where the Infancy Gospel of Thomas comes into play, as it outlines his life as a child. The Infancy Gospel according to Thomas is believed to have been written sometime in the second century AD, with many believing it was written after The Gospel according to Luke. But, other scholars disagree with such findings. “Some scholars feel that its core may have been written even earlier than the canonical gospels.” (Fisher, 305). Regardless, it is important to note that this gospel didn’t make the canon and that many doubt these stories that are documented, ever existed. I think this gospel didn’t make the cannon because of how Jesus is portrayed, and how it doesn’t add up to the rest of the gospels. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas portrays Jesus as a fraction of his adult self, who’s disobedient, and an arrogant/stubborn kid who abuses his powers to upset those around him.
One of the words that may help to shine some light on to Paul’s intentions is αἰσχρὸν. A word meaning “disgraceful, shameful, dishonest” or “filthy.” The idea that this is a matter of shame creates some justification for considering this to be a situational issue. It seems unlikely that there would be shame associated with a woman speaking in church in the twenty-first century. It would be far less likely to associate women preachers with being dishonest or filthy. This word may hint at the nature of appearances and public image that affects the church. The issue with this that it appears to contrast with Paul’s firm stand against conforming to society.
The bible was written as an account of what many viewed that God had accomplished so his actions and words could be passed on for generations. Some believe it is a literary account and some believe it is a historical account. The word of God in the bible comes in many forms and is left up to interpretation by the reader. Some believe that the word of God should be the only word and should be strictly followed. Some believe that the words are meant as a guideline to help us through life. Whatever your belief is you can always seem to find the meaning behind your belief through the word of God in the Bible.