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Christianity: Outside Looking In In the Western part of the world, Christianity is familiar with almost everyone. Many people, at the very least, claim to believe in God in the Western world. But what exactly is Christianity? The obvious answer is, of course, that Christianity is the religion that believes in God and Jesus Christ's sacrifice to save humanity from their sins. There's more to Christianity than this, and shall be discussed in more detail. Specifically, the origins of Christianity and how it became a world religion, what makes Christianity unique, and the differences in the denominations of Christianity shall be discussed.
Let's start with Christianity's origins, and how it came to be a major world religion. Christianity started off as a sect of Judaism in Palestine and Israel in the 1st Century AD, so the first Christians were Hebrew. Christianity then spread to other nations across the Middle East, into Egypt, and the Roman Empire (so
Agnostic Atheist How do you go about proving God's existence or nonexistence? I would like to discuss it because it's usually avoided in polite conversation for good reason. But this essay or rant or whatever is not polite conversation and will probably offend some people.
First of all, how do we prove God's existence? Well, from what I know, there is no hard, empirical evidence that proves God's existence. There isn't any, none, and the Bible obviously doesn't count because it only assumes God exists; it never factually proves that God exists. Miracles don't count either, common sense can even dictate they aren't real. And people that say they know God helped them out can't actually prove it, they just believe that a coincidence was simply an act of God. It's not just limited to beneficial coincidences, some people even believe God punished them for being sinful. Is there any proof that God seems to randomly help or hinder his creations? No, there isn't, only assumptions are made as t
Keeps gnawing at my gut
Won't let me sleep
Can't satisfy it
Nothing to eat
Hurts like hell
Leave me be
BlossomJust move on
Old wounds should be healed
Spring is here
The sun sets
Look out to the east
Your new life
Where Art Thou, Purity? (A Thought on Good Friday)
As I sit here at 2:50 AM on April 18, 2014— the morning of Good Friday— I am called to remember Jesus Christ's sacrifice for us. That He bled and died so that when each of us faced our Judgment Day, we could hear the Almighty Judge hand down a verdict of "not guilty" for all of the sins that we have committed is simply overwhelming. No man comes to the Father except through the sacrifice and blood of Christ, but it seems that much— in fact, most— of the world has turned their backs on Him. The fact of the matter is that people enjoy reveling in their sin and they enjoy not having an eternal authority figure to answer to. They are of the mindset that if they don't believe in any "God," then they don't have to pay any eternal consequences because if God doesn't exist, then neither do said consequences. That could not be further from the truth. The truth is that whether or not you believe in or submit to the Will of God, the consequences of such b
The Authority of the BelieversThe subject of Christian authority is one that is often misunderstood because of the lack of firm and solid Biblical teaching on the matter. And as a result, people tend to gravitate to one extreme view or the other on this very important topic. On the one side, there are those who totally shy away from their Biblical authority altogether; and on the other, there are those who claim power and authority beyond that which has been legitimately delegated to us as Christians.
One of the most astounding teachings in the Bible is about the Christian's authority in the spiritual realm, which ultimately affects what we see in earth's natural realm. Unfortunately, for many years this concept has been ignored, and only in very recent times has it once again gotten the attention of the Church.
What is authority?
According to the Oxford dictionary, authority is "The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience:" or "The right to act in a spe
Just As He Said (Resurrection In Your Daily Life)
It is 5:40 PM on Easter Sunday 2014 as I sit down to do this writing project. Over-commercialization and humanity's insatiable desire for money has turned this holiday into a day of marshmallow peeps, chocolate bunnies, and brightly colored eggs, but Christians everywhere do their best to ensure that this day is kept holy and to honor it with their family traditions despite talk of a giant fictional rabbit who sneaks into the homes of children and leaves them candy in little baskets. You see, the true meaning of this holiday is far from fictional and is quite different than the traditional order of events that take place in this world. This holiday begins with death and ends with life.
Jesus Christ was 33 years old when it came time for Him to fulfill the purpose that He was sent to Earth to fulfill. On Good Friday 1,981 years ago, He suffered, bled, and died the death that all of us, being the sinners that we are, deserved to die ourselves. He took our place on the cross
The SpotlightEaster Sunday, 1993, Bernhard Langer won the Master golf tournament. As he stepped off the 18th green to receive the green jacket-one of golf’s most coveted prizes-a reporter said, “This must be the greatest day of your life!” Without missing a beat, Langer replied: “It’s wonderful to win the greatest tournament in the world, but it means more to win on Easter Sunday-to celebrate the resurrection of my Lord and Savior.”
Langer had an opportunity to boast about himself, but instead he turned the spotlight on Jesus Christ. It’s exactly what Paul was talking about when he said, “We also rejoice [boast] in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have no received the reconciliation” (Romans 5:11).
It’s easy to look for ways to draw attention to our own accomplishments, making mental lists of this that are “cool” about ourselves. Even Paul admitted that he has a lot to brag about-but he considered all of it
T.I.P Thoughts 009With our morals declining and factions pulling us apart it becomes apparent that a wake-up call is required for society. We go to wars in the name of religions that at their very core tells us not to harm each other. We create laws based on the ideals of others yet do nothing in society to help people abide by those laws. Laws are there to protect us and punish the bad but obliviously this isn't working as crime runs rampant. Which comes back to my point that our morals are failing us. We take what we want. We do what we want with little regard to others. We consume without replenishing. We are a plague on this world. We need to change.
I am not saying I have the solution as I am but a man and man is fallible and can be vilified but how does one promote change in the world. I wrote a piece in my other DA account which keeps coming back to me as something that actually has merit. What would the world be like if ALL follow
Anthropomorphicise ThisAnthropomorphicise this
As huemanity developed, the concept of the Eternal Almighty was over-rationalized, not only to the point of Christianity/Judaism or Scientology, but simply to tell the hueman mind, to placate it, that the Divine Force is not something truly alien. This world was made for consumers and posturists. The age now, only compounds that age-old desire for the Housewife to be secured by the Matriarch.
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