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  1. Explain the judaeo-christian concept of God as lawgiver and judge

    He gives direct commands to Moses and Moses obeyed God's orders despite personal danger and overwhelming odds. It shows that God supplies the power when he asks us to do things that seem impossible. Another example of God being seen as a law giver can be found in Genesis 2 when he says to Adam: ?Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.....' This was actually a test of Adam?s love for God, that would be shown by whether or not he obeyed this one command.

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  2. So what do Christians consider as the consequences of sin?

    We live in a world plagued by sin, due to the free-will which God allows us. Not only are we alienated from God, but from each other, since we shall find it almost impossible to agree with one another. We fight and kill each other, even over petty means. We shall never have a true spiritual connection with God, until we die on Earth and ascend to heaven. This can be considered God's ?test?, to find those who feel that we have responsibility as His stewards of Earth and shouldn't let it descend into total chaos, and this is also said by Paul in Romans 6:15.

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  3. Covenants between Man and God in the Bible

    Hebrew gives prime importance to the Old Covenant. Hebrews gives prime importance to the Old Covenant. The two most important covenants for the Hebrews were the Noahic Covenant, which according to Jewish theology are the obligations all mankind has, and the Mosaic Covenant which is the Torah that God gave the Jewish People, and are an obligation for Jews. The theme of Covenant is important to the Hebrews because In Biblical times, it was important because it brought the Jewish people into a relationship with their God, who promised if they kept their promise to obey Him, He would protect.

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  4. This essay shall be based on the portrayal and characterisation of the Pharisees and the Sadducees according to Luke and his gospel.

    The Pharisees refused ALL Greek influences. They believed in the form of resurrection. The Pharisees also promoted tradition and biblical law, The Pharisees belonged to a Jewish party that Jesus often came into conflict with in the gospels. ?Steve Mason ? From examining a range of sources, it is fair to say they were from a non-priestly group.? The Pharisees often criticised and questioned Jesus, they tried to contradict him and prove his claims that he was the messiah wrong. They questioned Jesus for forgiving peoples? sins. They hated what Jesus did on the Sabbath such as working and healing people.

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  5. Explain how the bible shows God as creator

    In genesis 2, God making Adam from dust is like a potter shaping clay. As he is a creator, he is viewed as being in control in the bible. In Isaiah, God is described as sitting above the earth and having the power to reduce the princes to nothing. The same idea is shown through the genesis creation stories when God throws Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. In Christian belief, God created the world out of nothing. The idea of God creating the universe out of nothing is referred to as Creatio Ex nihilo.

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  6. How does the Bible show that God is a Creator?

    There are two stories about the creation story one taken literally and the other is taken as a metaphor. 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth' Genesis - The Bible states that the world was created in 6 days from the first day God created light to the seventh day where God rested. The Sixth day the Bible said that God created Adam and Eve the first human beings which was created in God?s image and that day he blew the breath of life into Adam which is also known as the soul. To Christians the soul is a living thing which is immortal and is the essence to humans that allows them to think.

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  7. Evaluate the claim that Mark's Gospel is all about the failure of the disciples.

    Or were they meant to fail Jesus in order for him to fulfil his mission. Compared to the other synoptic gospels, Mark describes the disciples failures in more depth. It is mentioned that they failed to cast a demon out of a child, despite being given the authority to do so. This does not necessarily mean that Mark is claiming this to be a failure. Perhaps he is emphasising the fact that only Jesus has the authority to cast demons out of people because he is the Son of God. If the disciples could cast demons out of people like Jesus, then what makes Jesus any different from them?

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  8. Comparing accounts in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew

    And they went and woke him, saying, ?Save us, Lord; we are perishing.? And he said to them, ?Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?? Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, ?What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?? As far as I observe, Mark tells more detail account than Matthew. In the context of Mark, the previous passages were the parables, and Jesus taught those parables not only to the disciples but also to the crowds who gathered around him near the lake (4:1-34).

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  9. Define Religious Authority

    Scriptures also gain their authority due to the fact they are durable and permanent meaning that the messages are usually less likely to change from the original source. The fact they are written down makes them much more reliable than spreading teachings by oral tradition where they can be misheard or misunderstood. There was a strong need for the teachings of Christianity to be written down in a scripture form because in early Christianity, when the church started to spread wider and wider, there was more threat of people changing the teachings both deliberately and by accident.

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  10. With reference to the topics you have investigated, examine and comment on the claim that the teachings of the new testament do not add anything of value to our value of our understanding of Life after Death. (50 marks)

    Paul goes on about two different orders, Christ and his believers. Morris argues that the Greek word for destroyed does not imply fighting, just that all rule, other than Christ, we will be rendered null and void. Section four is all about the Arguments from Christian Experience. V29 brings about an abrupt change in focus, and St Paul moves from Christ to Christian. Section five goes on about a bodily resurrection. St Pauls uses the miracle of the harvest and says that are bodies are ?sown up? in corruption, dishonour and weakness, but it will be raised in incorruption, glory and power.

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  11. Christianization throughout History. I wanted to find out the true origins of the 3 major Christian holidays: Christmas, Easter and Halloween. Where their (sometimes strange) traditions came from

    Today, Christmas is celebrated in many places around the world by Christians and an increasing amount of non-Christians, but few people know the true pagan roots of this holiday. First and foremost, the early Christians did not celebrate the birth of Christ. There were two reasons for it: The first was the simple truth that no one knew the exact day of Christ?s birth. Today, most historians believe, according to the biblical description, that his birth took place around September (approx.

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  12. Critically examine the aim and purpose of Matthews Gospel

    It is designed especially for use by the growing and expanding church. The early church put Matthew first in the New Testament canon, and it has remained in that position ever since. The early church assumed that it had been written first and by a disciple of Jesus however, the synoptic problem suggests Mark was written first as a lot Mark is featured in Matthew as well as Matthew's own additional stories. Matthew's is the most Jewish of all the gospels. He maintains Christianity's continuity with its past with scholars such as W.D Davies thinking the most plausible reason why Matthew wrote his gospel was as a 'Christian answer to Jamina.'

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  13. Explain how the Bible portrays the creativity of God.

    They imply that in fact God was "hovering over the waters" before beginning the creation of the earth. 1f water was already inexistence then God did not create from nothing. Some Christians believe this statement to be a metaphor to help us understand. The waters represent the unknown and unseen, the concept of complete nothingness is too difficult to understand so waters are introduced. Some point to the phrase "the earth was formless" to show that perhaps creatio ex nihilo is incorrect. God doesn't create the world but molds it into a more recognisable form; he changes from being a creator to being a designer.

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  14. Discuss Christian Views on Contraception, Marriage and Divorce.

    Both churches agree that contraception is acceptable if it protects the health of the couple, i.e. it stops the prevention of HIV/AIDS and so in these circumstances contraception is acceptable. 1. Explain how a Christian marriage ceremony might guide a couple in their married life (6) Christians believe a Christian marriage has vows in front of God, therefore the fact that God is a part of the ceremony the vows are extremely important since the husband and wife promise to be with one another ?in sickness and health? therefore these vows brings the couple closer in relationships and they can

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  15. Religious authority. I will be focusing on the way the Bible is used in the religion Christianity.

    In traditional Christianity it was thought that the old testament anticipated and set the scene for Christ and the new testament recorded and explained the incarnation of Christ. Some Christians chose to take the Bible literally, they believe that the Bible is the direct and inspired word of God, absolutely and literally true in all respects. Fundamentalists see within the new testament, itself claims for the direct inspiration from God of the Bible and hold the literal truth of the creation of the world in seven days, the giving of the law to Moses, the virgin birth and the bodily resurrection of Christ and the literal future second coming of Christ to earth to judge.

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