Cynthia J LeBlanc
June 27, 2013
Religious studies and Theology are undoubtedly of invaluable effect on the life of the learner. The two studies have the mandate of transforming the overall perception to life as regards religion, personal beliefs and the philosophy of life. In this study, an array of topics were studied which in the end further enlightened on the mental conception and most interesting was the study involving the claim by Jesus that he was God. In addition to these, the course was informative and elaborates on the questions most people ask about the life of modern day Christians. Does it matter the lifestyle one adopts? Are there any procedures the church can initiate so as to communicate God's love for the community in a manner that is not questionable and without doubt, but, remains beneficial to all Christians? Indeed, the questions are very relevant and of great importance to any present day Christian living in faith and in such hard times where confusion and hypocrisy dominate religion. This paper is arranged in three sections and seeks to answer the above questions. It should be borne in mind that the support or denunciation of certain facts in this paper is a reflection of the knowledge gathered from the course. Section Two: Did Jesus Claim to be God?
Probably the most intriguing question that bogs Christianity, it’s however, easily understandable given an analytical view point. It is indeed evident in the Bible that Jesus did personally utter the words and told the Jews, saying, ''I and the Father are One” (Jn 10:24-38) and that he had seen Abraham and that he is eternal: “I tell you the truth, Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I AM!” (Jn. 8: 57-58). Biblical records also indicate that He surely said that He was God through confessions and elaborative accounts pointing to His association with the Supreme Being (God). For instance, the Apostle John has it in his epistles that Jesus said “ I and the Father are one'' (John 10:30), insinuating that they shared everything with God in essence, character and nature; from this line, we understand that Jesus does not deny being The Lord (God), He and God are One, therefore He is God. Understanding the truth about Jesus' claims is more possible and easy if a consideration is done using the Jews' perception of the man's sentiments regarding the topic, since His ministry was majorly centered on the Jewish people. In another example that His sentiments earned him rebuke, and, an attempt to lynch Him, the Jews are angered when He proposes that even Abraham bows in His presence. He proceeds further to assert that He serves His father and the Jews serve their father ( the devil), therefore, he does not have to be worried by their actions (John 8:56-60). Coincidentally, the Jews are aware of His claim, that He is a deity. The Jews in rejoinder wanted to kill Him for alleged blasphemy, which was the sentence as per the Mosaic laws (Leviticus 24:13-16). In an isolated case, the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman affirms the claim that Jesus is truly God; He categorically points out to the woman that He is the Messiah and the Son of God (John 4:25-27, Mark 14:61-62, Matt. 26:63-64, Luke 9:20-21). It is indeed hard to challenge the fact that Jesus is truly the Son of God and God himself, the Apostle Peter in his own understanding noted that Jesus was the Messiah and the Son of God (Mathew 26:63-64). And lastly, to the high priest and on his trial, He assured them that He was the Son of God (Mark 14:61-62). Section Three: Does it really matter how Christians live their lives?
During the course, a most challenging question that was exhaustively discussed is whether a Christian should adopt a distinct lifestyle or live regardless of what the bible teaches. Following the events happening around and in the current dispensation, it...
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