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Apostles Research Paper

… All the more that even many of those who content themselves with a lesser idea of the Redeemer reject this dominant view only because they are suspicious of the miraculous in general; whether they overlook the distinction which we have laid down, or reject it; or because they believe that along with it they must accept a doctrine of the Trinity which is offensive to them on account of its polytheistic complexion. It is therefore to be hoped that many will find it easier to accept, in a freer presentation, a view by which they are repelled when they find it invested in hard scholastic forms (Denny & Taylor, 1985).

The Apostles

It cannot, however, be definitely proved that the same form of doctrine prevailed…. [read more]


Paul the Apostle's Second Missionary Research Paper

… Shortly after their initial conversion, the two young lovers accompanied Paul and his supporters to Ephesus. This would prove to be the location in which Paul would leave his most lasting tangible mark. With the help of his disciples and the young couple of Aquila and Priscilla, Paul the Apostle constructed the foundations of what would become one of the most faithful and prominent Churches of the time (Dunn 1998).

The works and teachings of Paul have been monumental on the shaping of Christian beliefs and rituals as well as the amalgamation of various ethnicities into the Christian faith. His life and his primary message (which is especially evident during his second missionary journey) certainly apply directly to the fundamental aspects of any ministry. For…. [read more]


Paul the Apostle Paul (Formerly Research Paper

… However, rather than fleeing, Paul and Silas remain obediently in their cell, and their behavior convinces the jailer to convert, so that another Christian household was established in Philippi (Acts 16:27-34). After chastising the city magistrates for beating Roman citizens (as Paul and Silas were), Paul and Silas were allowed to leave, and they visited Lydia once again before setting out for Thessalonica (Acts 16:35-40).

From Thessalonica the trio traveled to Berea, and it was here that they parted ways, with Silas and Timothy remaining while Paul continued on to Athens. From Athens, Paul traveled to Corinth, Antioch, and Ephesus. As the reader will likely note, Paul established major churches in Thessalonica, Corinth, and Ephesus, as evidenced by his later epistles to each of these…. [read more]


Life of Prophet Muhammed Essay

… The prophet had to overcome a significant amount of adversity to gain a substantial following. Such adversity merely served as another form of test that he would have to pass to show that he had been favored by Allah. It is noteworthy to mention that for three years while he disseminated this religion within Mecca, Muhammad did so without publishing (11) his faith. When he did, he received antagonism from both polytheists as well as those within his own state, who initially derided some of his first requests (12). The former of these trials actually required physical violence, a fact which would frequently reoccur during Muhammad's life as he propagated Islam. His many victories in these encounters, however, merely added to the conviction of his…. [read more]


Faith Healing Research Proposal

… ¶ … Apostle James Mean by

"…LET HIM CALL for the ELDERS of the CHURCH;

AND LET THEM PRAY OVER HIM, ANOINTING HIM WITH OIL

IN the NAME of the LORD…"

(JAMES 5:14), and WHAT ARE

THE IMPLICATIONS of THIS for OUR LIFE in the

CHURCH and in the

WORLD?

A DISSERATION SUBMITTED to the FACULTY of

RELIGION and

PHILOSOPHY in FULFILLMENT of the

REQUIREMENTS for the DEGREE of

BACHEHELOR of ARTS

WHAT DOES the APOSTLE JAMES MEAN by "…LET HIM CALL for the ELDERS of the CHURCH; and LET THEM PRAY OVER HIM, ANOINTING HIM WITH OIL

IN the NAME of the LORD…" (JAMES 5:14), and WHAT ARE the IMPLICATIONS of THIS for OUR LIFE in the CHURCH and in the WORLD?

Aim of…. [read more]


High Degree of Misinformation Essay

… Discuss the changes.

Prior to taking this course, in many ways I considered Christianity to be a static religion. I had not given thought to the notion that Christianity changed rapidly in the first few centuries of its practice. I noticed several critical changes in the practice of Christianity in the first century AD and its later practice. The first change was the idea of a Christ centered church with Jesus as the only leader. The second change was the idea of a church with multiple elders to focusing power on a single leader. The third change was the idea that church leadership should remain local to the shifting of power to leaders located away from the church's physical area. The fourth change was a…. [read more]


Exegesis to Understand 2 Corinthians Essay

… But Paul does not linger on this vision very long in the letter. He goes on to speak of the many troubles he has encountered since he had the vision and how weak these troubles have made him. Talking about his vision and how special it makes him (or talking about it any further) would only make him look foolish, though he is clear to point out that he would be well within his rights to brag and speak of such things. But Paul doesn't want the Corinthians to judge him on how special he is for having had this experience. He wants them to judge him based on how they see him now, weaknesses and all. It is what he is doing now that…. [read more]


Remembering Jesus the Communicative Approach Term Paper

… ¶ … Communicative Approach to Acts 25:30

As Jeannine Brown (2007) notes, it was Zwingli who advocated pulling verses from the Bible and doing "with them as we will" (p. 213). However, removing Scripture from its context shows little "respect for the text as communicative act" (Brown, 2007, p. 213). According to the Communicative Approach, Scripture should be accessed on its own terms, and within its own literary context. In other words, Scriptural verses are part of a larger, often narrative, whole. This is certainly the case with Acts 20:35, in which Paul tells the Ephesian Elders, "I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said,…. [read more]


Baptisim in the Holy Spirit Term Paper

… In any event, the apparent interval between belief and Spirit baptism in this narrative should not be taken as normative for Christians, according to the classic Protestant position. To insist on such is to place reasoning into the scripture that is present in modern day denominationalism and theology, but not present in the text itself.

Other evangelicals maintain that the New Testament distinguishes between receiving the Holy Spirit and being baptized in the Spirit. This perspective does not place the conversion event as synonymous with being baptized in the Holy Spirit. In John20.22 Jesus appeared to the gathered disciples, which included apostles and others, breathed on them and said "Receive the Holy Spirit." At this time, Jesus gives the believing community the Holy Spirit. Yet,…. [read more]


Women's Choice Lead a Celebate Thesis

… There are few exceptional cases in which women are given the main role or which place the female biblical presence in a positive light, however they fail to compensate the male domination of the biblical text, especially seeing that today's society is rather reluctant to see the woman above her condition of worldly flesh. For instance, Mary Magdalene and The Virgin Mary are representative figures for expressing the sanctity of women in the Bible. Nonetheless, the modern society fails to perceive them and to acknowledge their contribution to the spiritual heritage of the world; rather, the society today tends to regard them still only in their capacity of women serving Jesus, God or their men.

The above could be seen as one of the reasons…. [read more]


Shepherd in Early Christian Church: Pastor, Elder Research Paper

… Brief consideration of the Book of Acts and the Book of Luke illustrates a parallel telling of the continuation of history that began in the Gospels. Two facets of the same story are told in the Luke-Acts writings. Of this two-part composition, Constable wrote, "Whereas Luke's Gospel focuses on the vertical universalization of the gospel (up and down the social scale). Acts focuses on its horizontal universalization (from Jerusalem to the uttermost parts of the world)."[footnoteRef:28],[footnoteRef:29] In reference to the same dynamics, the terms elder and overseer appear connected the vertical growth of the Jesus Christ's Church, which was manifested in part through a co-optation of the traditional religious roles that existed before the establishment of His Church. In the same manner, the roles of…. [read more]


William Carey Term Paper

… William Carey Biography

At one time, "Carey's pathway was pockmarked with crises." Traditionally, however, Carey is usually "portrayed as a 'heroic' character - as one of a class of big, ordinary people who do not resign themselves to misfortune but give their utmost to help others find hope in life."

Along with the good Carey did, that continues to live today, this report presents him as more than a "hero," as it relates real responses he recorded during his life. This researcher purports that Carey's investments in faith; into unknown areas associated with mission work, while being genuine and opening himself up to truths, returned benefits that continue, even today.

At one time when a youth, William Carey, born in 1761 in Northamptonshire, England, worked…. [read more]


Persona Christi an Analysis Essay

… " Lay piety in the late Middle Ages was high indeed as the tales of confession by Caesar of Heisterbach and the preaching of Jacques de Vitry make plain. The Renaissance had not yet come along to displace the old world religion for the new world science of man. The trade that grew out of Christendom's conflict with the Saracens of the East had not yet raised the merchant classes of Italy to a place of utmost prominence. Art and science were still practiced by the monks of medievalism; and scholasticism ala Thomas Aquinas was the height of rational thought and theology.

The Fourth Lateran Council, called by Pope Innocent III at the beginning of the thirteenth century, was hailed as "a turning point in…. [read more]


Early Influences on Joseph Smith and Origins of the Book of Mormon Term Paper

… Joseph Smith and the Book Of Mormons

Joseph Smith, Jr. was the fourth child of Joseph Sr. And Lucy Smack and born in Sharon, Vermont on December 23, 1805. The Smith family lived under arduous and unstable financial circumstances that compelled them to move in and around New England several times in those years (Wikipedia 2004). One of Joseph's legs got seriously infected when he was 7 years old and the doctors wanted to amputate it but the Smiths refused. He later recovered but he had to use crutches for several years and limped for the rest of his life (Wikipedia).

His parents both indulged in mysterious habits. His father, Joseph Sr., engaged in treasure hunting, witchcraft and superstition, while his mother was superstitious and…. [read more]


Book of John Thesis

… John Gospel

The Holy Spirit as Introduced and Described in the Gospel of John

Modern Christianity is the product of twin evolutions, which have caused both a refinement of the teachings of Christ and an infinite splintering of sects devoted to his teachings. From their earliest incarnations within the Jewish faith though, the provocations of Jesus have instigated innumerable interpretations of the meaning of the content in the New Testament. Much of our understanding of the life of Jesus and the implications of his suffering is derived from the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The first three of these are known as the synoptic gospels, so-called for providing the canonical basis for the synopsis of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus,…. [read more]


Typology in Christianity Term Paper

… It is also clear that many peoples' motives are less than genuine and proper with some fixating on just making money while others are simply trying to disparage people from Christianity and/or from certain sects of Christianity. However, this not a huge change from the lay of the landscape from 300 AD to 1500 AD. The only things that have changed are the means to convey the message and, to a lesser extent, the overall reasons why the message was disseminated.

Indeed, now that the entire world has been colonized and developed, for all intents and purposes, the role of conquering and re-writing history books is largely over because the widespread availability of information tends to thwart people that engage in revisionist history. Only in…. [read more]


Western Religion in His Book Term Paper

… Education is to be had on penalty of Sin.

The author Neusner avers that there are several forms of Judaism -- each presenting a different viewpoint based on culture and philosophy. Rabbinic and Talmudic Judaism are two of the main. (pp. 41-49) Contemporarily, secularism has taken root under the strength of Western culture. Incidentally the Torah has also undergone severe changes. The Torah was destroyed after first Temple's destruction. When the Jews were restored to Israel, the Torah was revived and was made available to everybody. It included the Tannakh (The Hebrew Bible) (p. 45), which contained the Pentateuch, Books of the Biblical Patriarchs and smaller books. During the age of cogency, the notion of the dual (written and oral) Torah arose (p. 71). This…. [read more]


John 5:13-21 Passage -- John 5:13-21 "Closing Research Paper

… John 5:13-21

Passage -- John 5:13-21 "Closing Exhortations"

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 and if we know that he hears us -- whatever we ask -- we know that we have what we asked of him.

If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I…. [read more]


Holy Spirit and Salvation Term Paper

… Holy Spirit and Salvation: A Meditation on Romans 8 and Ephesians 1

The Apostle Paul's meditation on the nature of the spirit is an important reminder for all believers to keep their minds on spiritual rewards, rather than upon the transient gains of earthly affairs. The Apostle Paul was famously a great sinner who became a great saint. He lived previously a law-bound life as Saul, persecuting Christians and narrowly adhering to the doctrines of his government. However, he had a conversion experience, the first 'Road to Damascus' experience, an experience that gave birth to the Damascus metaphor of a changing life event. Paul's experience afflicted him with a temporary blindness that knocked him senseless and brought him to a new life in Christ. Saul…. [read more]


Role of Women in Paul Term Paper

… Women in the early Christian church were also allowed to be missionaries, another revolutionary concept. Women like Phoebe and Priscilla went out and traveled in order to spread the good news about Jesus Christ, traveling and working right along side of men. This is something that would have been difficult to imagine being allowed in the Jewish religion at the time. In fact, the women who were traveling with Jesus, and later in missionary groups to spread Christianity, were not just ministering and witnessing, they were also cooking and mending and doing other traditional things that Jewish women did (Fiorenza, 71). They donated their funds, yes, but also their time (Fiorenza, 71). Ben Witherington points out in his book, Women in the Earliest Churches, that…. [read more]


Book of Revelations Millennial Views Research Paper

… According to Brian Schwertley, who advocates the postmillennial interpretation, the revolt of Satan following the thousand years of peace (described following verse 6 of the Book of Revelations) is not feasible since there is no one left capable of assisting Satan in such a rebellion:

"If the wicked receive "sudden destruction" and the saints are glorified, no one is left to populate the earth during the premillennialists' 1000-year reign. After Christians receive their heavenly, glorified bodies, they do not marry and bear children. Who, then, is there to rebel against Christ at the end of the 1000-year earthly reign? The glorified saints certainly cannot rebel, and the unbelievers are all suffering torment in the lake of fire"

This argument is one that is commonly issued…. [read more]


Orthodoxy Research Paper

… The councils of Nicaea and Chalcedon, respectively, were both largely settled for political reason. The former was based on settling the notion of Jesus's divinity so it could best perpetuate the religion, while the latter was largely based on establishing the favor of the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire and pertained to the explanation for Christ's divinity. The Gnostic movement influenced the texts that portrayed God's wrath and beneficence in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament.

Bibliography

Frazee, Charles. "1054 Revisited." Journal of Ecumenical Studies. 42(2), 263-279, 2007.

Noll, Mark. Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012.

Parys, Michael. "The Historical Evidence on the Council of Chalcedon: The Council of Chalcedon as Historical Event." Ecumenical…. [read more]


Ecumenism: A Brief History Term Paper

… Anglicans who dislike the current liberalism of the church embraced the move, while advocates of a more inclusive vision for the Church of England opposed the move. The Archbishop of Canterbury said "that the pope's offer to disaffected Anglicans had put him into an 'awkward position'" and that he was "very taken aback that this large step was put before us (the Church of England) without any real consultation" (Grundy 2011). However, African bishops, who tend to be more conservative regarding such issues as the ordination of women and gay marriage, were highly approving of this measure, and said that reconciliation was an ideal which all Christians should strive for. Said one: "Off and on over 400 years, the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches have…. [read more]


Christian Transformation: The Evolution of the Architecture Research Paper

… ¶ … Christian Transformation: The Evolution of the Architecture of the Christian Church, from Early Christianity to the Modern Eastern (Greek) Orthodox Christian Church

Over the course of a thousand years, the architecture of the early Christian churches underwent an evolution from the modest to the basilicas and cathedrals that remain standing today. To determine how and why this transformation occurred, this paper reviews the relevant literature to identify specific examples of church architecture to demonstrate the gradual changes in Christian architecture that took place from the earliest Christians (in the 1st-6th centuries) to the architecture of the modern Greek (or Eastern) Orthodox Christian Church. An analysis concerning the transition of Greek orthodox churches into a cruciform and its rationale is followed by a discussion…. [read more]


Non Canonical Books Essay

… Non Canonical Books

Introduction study of the non-canonical books, those books left out of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, stands informed by the books that were included in the Old and New Testaments. The question must be asked, "What was the purpose of the books of the Bible?" In answering that question it then becomes possible to understand why the non-canonical books were left out of the Bible. In asking the question of purpose, it becomes obvious with a study of the Bible: The purpose of inclusion in the Old and New Testaments were that of community, law, and social order. The books included in the Bible are intended to address those issues that the community leaders perceived to be problems of…. [read more]


Gnosticism Early Christian Polemicists Term Paper

… In reality, the polemicists provided an extremely distorted image of Gnosticism since they also regarded Christ as a savior rom ignorance "that must be enlightened with true teaching" (King 27). They asserted that their interpretations were also based on apostolic traditions, while some even believed that salvation would be universal in the end, without any Last Judgment or separation between the saved and the damned. This was the message of the Gnostic Apocryphon of John, for example.

In the first three centuries, Christianity began to separate from Judaism while also selectively incorporating the Jewish Scriptures and laws that it regarded as most useful, as is clear from the Didache. It did not accept the Gnostic argument that the creator mentioned in Genesis was a lesser…. [read more]


Jesus, God and Man Book Review

… If Christ was not the God man, and he deliberately taught his followers that he was, then he could only have been a deluded megalomania who eventually died for his own lies. Such a man would not be worth of following.

If Jesus was not the God - man, and he taught his followers that he was, the other option is that he was deluded, and did not know it. In other words, the conclusion to this consideration is that Jesus was not God, and actually thought that he was. What kind of man would die on a cross for something that was not true? Such a man would not be the kind of person that would amass a following that would endure for 2000…. [read more]


City of God Essay

… City of God

Third-party individuals as they attempt to make a connection between two groups

With discrimination being a contemporary issue, some people focus on identifying with particular groups with the purpose of feeling that they belong. These people are likely to express disproval in regard to individuals belonging to other groups and claiming that they are able to understand feelings experienced by persons in communities that have nothing to do with them. Fernando Ferreira Meirelles' 2002 film City of God has generated much tension among lower class individuals in Brazil who felt that the director was unable to tell a story about the favelas in Rio de Janeiro because he did not experience life in these locations first-hand.

The fact that Ferreira Meirelles chose…. [read more]


Abortion and Critically Examine Various Essay

… "The modern American debate on abortion reflected the convergence of two trends -- the development of medicine and the rise of the feminist movement" (Melton 2).

Protestants largely followed the general public by dividing themselves in two camps: prolife and prochoice. Prolife Protestants employed attitudes that were very similar to the ones expressed by the Catholic Church and basically started to concentrate on criticizing abortion as a result of the fact that it was a corrupt practice that needed to be addressed from a moral point-of-view. Liberal Protestants wanted people to understand that they did not necessarily favor abortion as the answer to unwanted pregnancies, but that they considered that it was a solution that the masses needed to consider.

The United Church of Christ…. [read more]

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