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  1. The Worldview of Catholicism reflects upon the core beliefs of Christianity through various beliefs

    Jesus is proven to be the second person of the trinity; God the son who took upon himself a complete human nature. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling amongst us" (John 1:14). The fact that he was once among us and endured the same human limitations (slept, ate, felt emotions) helped Christians to appreciate the pain and suffering that he endured for the sake of an eternal life for us. His divinity shows us the close, unique relationship that exists between himself and God, expressed through the quote, "if you know me, you will know my Father also" (John 16:6-7).

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  2. The Kingdom of God was the centre of Gods teachings Discuss.

    From the very beginning and throughout his ministry, Jesus preached about the kingdom of God that it was now present. This was the "realised eschatology" which was promoted by C.H. Dodd. The kingdom of God has been rapidly advancing from the time of John the Baptist. Jesus was describing the exponential growth of the Kingdom of God. He referred to kingdom of God has a seed being planted and growing into a fully grown crop ready for harvest (Mark 4:26-29).

    • Word count: 876
  3. Explain the role of God as a judge(25 marks)

    This serves the purpose of giving us an incentive to follow God- a loving direction in which he leads. Biblically, the idea of God as a judge is supported by Jesus' sermons "Do not judge lest ye be judged" "My father in heaven will be the judge". However this causes the question of whether an omnibenevolent being can engage in judgement. From one angle it seems unlikely how if judgement is forbidden for us how it could be contextually good for God. However, form the Xian viewpoint God has the right to judge everything to his perfect standard and as he creates the laws for us to follow judging in no way lessens his perfect love.

    • Word count: 515
  4. Reviewing my Christian service charity activity.My Christian service was at the Markham Food Bank near Main Street, Unionville.

    I gave the same type of effort and care into the poor people who needed my help, essentially making them a part of my "extended family." I tried demonstrating compassion and love towards them through my hard put effort in organizing, packaging, and sorting an assortment of different food for them. I also contributed to the common good by helping these poor people. In modern society, most people would bypass on the less fortunate people of our communities without offering any aid.

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  5. The speech event, Christian Wedding afternoon ceremony, was held at the hall of the Union Church at 2:45 p.m on 12th March 2011. It is a highly formal ritual that demonstrates a sense of sacredness when a series of ceremonial acts are performed to assist

    The most important fulfillment of such heavenly wedding ceremony, the exchange of vows and rings as well as the lit of the Unity Candle, however, is embedded in between so as to display its reliance on God's blessings. Nonetheless, each activity in the wedding ceremony contributes to the overall success of the formal function. The instrumentalities accompany the performance of a sequence of actions held in the wedding ceremony both linguistically and non-linguistically.

    • Word count: 510
  6. With reference to other aspects of human experience, explore the view that miracles are difficult to explain. Justify your answer.

    Another problem that may arise in explaining what miracles are is how valid a miracle is. Some believe that even the smallest things in life are miracles, but there are others who would rebuke such a claim, believing only big events to be real miracles. There is no real agreed way of proving what is or is not a miracle, although the Catholic Church has tried to work around this.

    • Word count: 591
  7. Jesus ministry

    see Jesus, they weren't able and so they removed some tiles from the roof of a house that Jesus had been present in, They lowered the man down on his mattress through the ceiling so that Jesus would heal him. The friends believed that Jesus was able to help and heal the paralytic and this faith is what made Jesus command the man to get up and take with him the mattress in which he lied; the man did as he was told.

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  8. The messages conveyed by "Jesus washes his disciples feet" and "The Good Samaritan".

    Jesus revealed to the apostles that the true greatness comes from being a servant. Those who want to be the supreme in God's kingdom must devote their lives to serving God and mankind. Furthermore, Jesus said the confessing and regretting of your daily sins is very significant. You must confess and apologize hence that you can abide in Jesus; therefore his grace will fill your life. This importance of this passage in the world today is placing others first, caring for people and serving them.

    • Word count: 971
  9. Explain Aristotles Virtue Ethics and how this has been developed by later thinkers

    This chief good is believed to be what Aristotle calls 'Eudaimonia' (meaning what makes a person truly happy) which is and should be the goal to be pursued in life by all persons. This is argued to be achieved by virtuous action and by practising the virtuous means, so that it becomes a habit (but also right), in order to become happy and live good lives. Aristotle highlights twelve golden/virtuous means (the midway point between the vices of excess and deficiency) which are as follows; courage; Temperance; Liberality; Munificence; High-mindedness; Right ambition; Good temper; Friendliness/civility; Sincerity; Wittiness; Modesty; just resentment.

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  10. Assess the view that the signs in Johns Gospel are actually early Christian theology. (20 marks)

    For example, in verse 3 of the Feeding of the 5000, John writes: 'Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down,' which parallels the receipt of the two stone tablets on which were inscribed the Ten Commandments, in Exodus. By comparing Jesus to a hugely important Jewish figure like Moses, Jewish readers would be better able to grasp Jesus' authority and importance. Alternatively, the Old Testament references might be a way to implicitly show Christianity replacing Judaism, again showing Jesus' divinity and making the reader more likely to have faith.

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  11. The evangelist included the signs in order to make people believe. Assess this claim. (20 marks)

    It implies a greater role and purpose to Jesus' miracles than the acts themselves, a divine scheme, thus helping the reader see the link between Jesus (who looks like an ordinary person) and the Father. John's choice of words alone suggests he wanted the signs to be seen by the reader in a theological light, not an historical one. In fact, John explicitly says of the signs: 'These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.'

    • Word count: 868
  12. Biblical World View About the Euthanasia, Suicide, and Capital Punishment

    I believe God do not give something that more than we could bear. Miracles happen every day, several true stories I heard that some patients with some lethal diseases survived from death by the cheer of their family and bless of God. But it does not means euthanasia is a bad thing. For instance, if the modern medical knowledge can no longer avoid the death and when the death is excruciating for the patient, with the permit of the patient the euthanasia is passable.

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  13. Discuss whether the ontological argument would convince an atheist

    Gaunilo stated that the ontological argument was not logical and therefore needed to be refuted. Gaunilo claimed he could make obvious the flaws in the ontological argument if he went through the argument again, replacing the idea of God with the image of an island. In his writings 'On Behalf of the Fool', he explained that we could imagine the most excellent lost island; we understand the implications of the phrase 'the most excellent island' and therefore this notion exists as a concept in our understanding. We might then, using the logic of Anselm's ontological argument, go on to say that for such an island to exist in our minds means that this is inferior to the same island existing in reality.

    • Word count: 906
  14. Free essay

    God as a creator

    In this chapter he is immanent and personal, "and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life" implies a more special and careful creation of man, which is a contrast to chapter 1 where he is transcendent, impersonal and gives a feeling of greater power, "And God said...." A transcendent God implies God is eternal and outside time whereas an immanent God implies he is everlasting and inside time. Another quality of God is that he is all loving and he loves and cares for his creation, "God has poured out his love into our hearts," this quote from Romans 5 suggests that God loves humans and is therefore omnibenevolent.

    • Word count: 725
  15. With reference to Patrick's confession, outline your knowledge and understanding of the main themes of his book.

    Whenever Patrick was younger, he was most definitely sinful. He did not know the true God, and although he was brought up in a very Christian family, he was tempted by polytheistic way of life, and pagan practices. Patrick tells us of how at the age of sixteen, he was taken captive by the Irish and made to become a slave. He believed this was Gods rightful way of punishing him, saying "We deserved this fate, because we had turned away from our God." He also tells us in the letter of the times he encountered as a young man in his mission; a specific example that links in with the ongoing theme is a problem he experienced in his mission.

    • Word count: 995
  16. RS Evil and Suffering Essay

    There are many types of evil, for example moral evil, John Hick best describes this, and he claims that moral evil and pain inflicted by human upon each other is needed for moral development. People must be able to, and free to, inflict suffering on one another. Otherwise there would be no moral choices, the murderer who shouts somebody could never hurt or kill. There would be no distinction between right and wrong. Moral evil for Hick has a positive value.

    • Word count: 828
  17. The connection between the Jedi Order in Star Wars and Christianity

    A Jedi Knight handpicks a Padawan (apprentice) to pass on all their knowledge, to protect each other, and to grow in the ways of the Force. This aspect can also be found in the Bible, in the book of Mark 6:7, "Jesus called the twelve to him, and sent them out in pairs" (Qtd in Peterson 1834). Dick Staub suggests that Jesus did this so that the disciples could unlearn what they have learned to this point in their lives, so that they could fully rely on God for everything; much like the Jedi rely on the Force (Staub 118).

    • Word count: 969
  18. Line by Line Break Down Of Te Our Father

    This shows that we can be open in our relationship with "our father" and can ask for forgiveness or help in times of need, we can ask God for anything in our prayers as long as our intentions are right and are not to benefit ourselves in a materialistic way. With this said we are not to devalue the name of God but should keep his name holy as stated in line two of the Our Father, "hallowed be thy name" a point which is clearly supported through the words of Jesus when dying on the cross "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

    • Word count: 584
  19. Study of lukes gospel

    The "demons" that exist in the man who is simply known as Legion, taunt him and keep him excluded from society; the man is called legion in reference to the numerous demons that posses him. Despite Jesus being outnumbered by the demons he orders them from the man and spares them from banishment to the abyss, when confronted by Jesus the demons cower and beg for mercy, further stating Jesus control over the spiritual world.

    • Word count: 397
  20. Natural law explanation and analysis

    He also hypothesised that everything is drawn to its telos by the prime mover (God) which has had a great effect on modern religion. Aquinas then elaborated on this idea moving it into the realm of Christian morality. He posited that natural ethics was not only learned from observation of the natural because it seemed that the cravings of the body, which were by all means natural, were not all moral. As such he thought that in order to discover what is good we must use observation in combination with excellent reason. He used the caveat excellent because he believed that reason could be corrupted by the trials of human existence.

    • Word count: 822
  21. Assess the ontological argument

    It is greater to exist in reality as well as in the understanding. C. Therefore God must exist in reality. The monk Gaunilo however disagreed that we can simply imagine something into existence. He used the counter-example of an island to illustrate this: P1. We can imagine the greatest conceivable island. P2. It is greater to exist in reality as well as in the understanding. C. Therefore the island must also exist in reality. He also claimed that the first premise is not a necessary statement, but is rather contingent and requires a posteriori knowledge in order to be justified.

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  22. discrimination and the treatment of women

    In November 1992 women were ordained for the first time. Other people have tried to change the language Christians use to challenge discrimination also. For example Janet Morley in the SPCK Book of Christian prayer has included a prayer which starts, "God our mother You hold our life within you Nourish us at your breast And teach us to walk alone" This is a classic example whereby God is being referred to as a mother. Janet Morley is clearly here emphasising the point that men and women are equal. At the same time there is evidence of discrimination against women.

    • Word count: 698
  23. How is the bible used in private and congregational worship

    There are three different ways of interpreting the bible. The literal view, the liberal view and the conservative view. Christians that take the literal view think that everything in the bible is the literal word of God, and do not believe any of it is meant in a metaphorical way. People that take the liberal point of view believe it is the word of God but think it is wrong to question it.

    • Word count: 450
  24. Re:Christians putting beliefs into practise

    It also funded Churches to help repair damage caused by the war. Eventually Christian Aids work started to involve other countries. It now has an income of approximately �40 million a year, and there are forty churches in the United Kingdom and Ireland who are part of Christian Aid. Most of the money, which they make through door-to-door collections and donations from members of the public and various churches, is put towards development work to help people in the long term. There are many other Christian charities that help in different ways.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss and assess the view that according to the author of Lukes gospel it was Jesus conflict with the religious rather than political authorities which led to his crucifixion

    "In conclusion, there was conflict between both the political and the religious authorities yet it was the conflict with the religious authorities which ultimately led to Jesus' crucifixion. Jesus experienced more clashes with the religious authorities rather than the political and the religious authorities had much more reasons to accuse Jesus and condemn him. It was the religious authorities which put Jesus on trial in the Sanhedrin and accused him of blasphemy and they were the ones who brought Jesus to Pilate and accused him of treasonable act. Without the religious authorities Jesus might have never even faced Pilate nor got arrested. However, in a historical sense Jesus died as a matter of religious and political expediency. It could also be argued that it was ultimately God who paved the way for Jesus' crucifixion since it was God's plan. "The dying Jesus is the evidence of God's anger toward sin; but the living Jesus is the proof of God's love and forgiveness." ~Lorenz Eifert"

  • For a Christian euthanasia can never be a good death. Discuss

    "Overall, after looking at each article, and establishing each persons view on euthanasia, I have come to mine own conclusion. I disagree with the claim, and agree with the likes of Badham and Fletcher. Firstly, if the sanctity of life is most important, Christian should not let himself or herself or a loved one suffer from an incurable illness. If they deemed their life the most important thing in life, then they would save themselves and consider euthanasia as an option. Jenny Appleton agrees with the claim and says that euthanasia/suicide would become the first step towards state control of the right to life. But is this a bad thing? It could in fact give humans more control of the right to life and death, if they are very ill. Taking all of the thoughts I have pointed out, I think it is hard to establish why euthanasia would not be appropriate for a Christian. It's the more loving option and stops the suffering of a person. However, a modern problem is that this modern world calls for a Christian response that is already modern. (The ethic of love) Carmen Barlow Essay 1 Richard Dunn R.S"

  • Discuss and assess the view that according to the author of Lukes gospel it was Jesus conflict with the religious rather than political authorities which led to his crucifixion

    "In conclusion, there was conflict between both the political and the religious authorities yet it was the conflict with the religious authorities which ultimately led to Jesus' crucifixion. Jesus experienced more clashes with the religious authorities rather than the political and the religious authorities had much more reasons to accuse Jesus and condemn him. It was the religious authorities which put Jesus on trial in the Sanhedrin and accused him of blasphemy and they were the ones who brought Jesus to Pilate and accused him of treasonable act. Without the religious authorities Jesus might have never even faced Pilate nor got arrested. However, in a historical sense Jesus died as a matter of religious and political expediency. It could also be argued that it was ultimately God who paved the way for Jesus' crucifixion since it was God's plan. "The dying Jesus is the evidence of God's anger toward sin; but the living Jesus is the proof of God's love and forgiveness." ~Lorenz Eifert"

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