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  1. In this essay I will be explaining the principles that Christians believe should guide their personal relationships.

    united with his wife, and they become one" -Genesis 2:23,24 This quote proves the fact that marriage was so important that he put it in the centre of the creation story. In Marks gospel Jesus told the Pharisees that they should not divorce, because God created male and female to marry and become one rather than two, and that they have been taught wrong about Christianity, because divorce is a way of committing adultery. It was a way of committing adultery because if you see someone else after you marry then you are not being faithful.

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  2. Christian Morality

    It is a source of importance and spirit. The following are the commandments that are connected with a person's relationship with God, * I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, you shall have no other Gods before me. * You shall not make for yourself an idol. * You shall not take the Lords name in vain. * Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. The following are the commandments that are connected with human relationships, * Honour your father and mother * You shall not murder * You shall not commit adultery

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  3. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives

    Christian's regard abortion in any sense as murder which goes against their moral teachings, the fifth commandment states 'Thou shall not kill'. "If anyone does not take care of his relations especially members of his own family he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever" this is a quote from Timothy 1 in the new testament and this quote can have a lot of meaning for a Christian as a parent because it states that it should be their responsibility to care for all their family which would include a conceived child who should be given the chance to live and cared for else a Christian would really be a hypocrite to their beliefs.

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  4. Examine and Consider critically the view of Scholars concerning the content and purpose of the Prologue

    He is either the Lord, or liar, lunatic, or the devil incarnate. Barrett argues that the Prologue is in a style to John because of its thematic approach and use of language and sentences originally written in Greek, which have no Aramaic version (e.g. 1:10). He highlights an extremely important point of the language of the Prologue. It, however, does change in verse 14. I do agree with his view, however there is the question of where verse 14,15,16, and 17 came from and why they were added, if they were added at all.

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  5. What is Christian aid?

    This includes work on issues to do with land, water, trade and the environment. * Health - supporting poor people in accessing health care, with particular emphasis on issues around HIV/AIDS. * Rights - supporting and undertaking work which enables poor communities to assert their civil, social, political and cultural rights * Peace building and reconciliation - helping communities to overcome situations of conflict. In emergency situations, Christian Aid works with local partner organisations to provide help in the form of relief and rehabilitation as well as seeking to reduce communities' vulnerability to future disasters.

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  6. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28.14. What does this command of Jesus mean?

    Jesus answers him that he needs to obey the commandments. The man then asks him what he needs to do to be perfect. Jesus answered him that he needs to give up everything he owns and to follow Jesus. However, the man refused and walked away sadly. This story is an example of someone who cannot give up all his money to be a true disciple, but people like mother Teresa who give up everything they have to help the sick, poor and those in need. By doing this they help people on the road to discipleship by acting as examples.

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  7. State the names of the three persons of the trinity? and Explain why Christians celebrate Whitsun (Pentecost)

    Many baptisms take place at this time, and the term Whitsun is said to originate from the fact that the newly baptized would habitually wear white. 3. Choose two other Christian Festivals and explain the importance they might have in the life of a Christian? Many would say that the most important Festival of all time in the Christian calendar would have to be Easter. Easter is a succession of a chain of events that begin with Shrove Tuesday and theoretically end after Easter Monday, the dates of many other important events are also directly related to Easter.

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  8. St.Mark's Gospel

    Experts believe that in 64AD, the Emperor Neero started to persecute Christians in Rome. Experts believe that in 70 AD, Romans destroyed Jerusalem, capital of Catholics. Most experts say Mark's Gospel was written for people or Catholics who were suffering. Mark seems to refer to the destruction of Jerusalem. Therefore, Mark's Gospel must have been written between 70-72AD. Where did he live and work? It is complex. There is no real agreement to the answer of his question. 70% of writers of the Gospel say Mark got a lot of his information from Peter, the leading apostle.

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  9. Outline the arguments of scholars for and against the view that the author of the Fourth Gospel was John the Apostle

    who is thought of as a reliable source as he heard this claim from John the disciple himself. We know this as in his letter to Florinus (a Gnostic Roman presbyter), Irenaeus mentions Polycarp's direct contact with John the disciple. Smalley also states that there is not reason to suggest that Irenaeus may have made false claims to Florinus as from Irenaeus' letter, we can see that Florinus is a good friend of Irenaeus who also knew Polycarp. In Irenaeus' third book of 'Against Heresies' he tells us that at the Last Supper, 'John the disciple of the Lord' gave out the gospel at Ephesus after the other Gospels had been written.

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  10. Christian Aid - short review

    Christian Aid believes in strengthening people to find their own solutions to the problems they face. It strives for a new world transformed by an end to poverty and campaigns to change the rules that keep people poor. Over one billion people are living in poverty today. And the gap between rich and poor is getting wider. The global trading system lies at the heart of this inequality. Christian Aid is campaigning to tackle the negative impact of international trade rules on the world's poorest people. Your role is vital!!

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  11. GCSE Religion Coursework- Christian Vocations

    The modern day discipleship vocation is about us dedicating our lives to others and there are many people who do this, e.g. People in the priesthood, religious orders. These people are required to turn their backs on their personal wishes and devote themselves to God, regardless of the cost. People who are able to do this must have a great amount of courage and a lot of support from the people around them. Thousands of people have suffered martyrdom for their faith and there are many unknown martyrs who have lost their lives for their faith in previous centuries.

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  12. Analyse and explain the work of ONE religious agency working for world development

    Christian Aid also raises money by door-to-door envelope collection during Christian Aid week. Christian Aid funds projects that help people regardless of their beliefs. Some of the work they fund is done through local Christian organisations, but it is for the benefit of all. Christian Aid give their help by supplying food for people who are undernourished and who suffer from malnutrition. They try to "help the poor to help themselves". What they mean is that they can teach them how to help themselves and others rather than being dependant upon others all the time.

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  13. What is Discipleship?

    Although these people immediately follow Jesus also had his failures for example the story of the Rich Man (10:17-31). Marks gospel tells of a man running up to Jesus and asking what he must do to achieve eternal life Jesus reply's by telling him of the 10 commandments which the man says he has followed them all his life, Jesus then tells him to '' Go sell all you have and give the money you have to the poor, and come follow me.'' But the man disappointed, as he was walk away with a gloom face. I believe this is a very important passage in marks gospel because we can patch in many pieces of the puzzle that is Jesus so that we can get one step closer to the origin of our religion.

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  14. A study of the New Testaments’ teachings, on adultery and homosexuality- How might these cause problems for Christians today?

    he knew that the people of Sodom did not know that the messengers were angels; they just wanted to rape the men. So the condemnation of Homosexuality by Jude is difficult to ignore. Though Jude does go against the words of Jesus in "And if anyone does not welcome you or listen to what you have to say, as you walk out of the town shake the dust from you feet. In truth I tell you, on the Day of judgement it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town"1 Jesus compares the punishment given to the people of Sodom, to a punishment given to those who are inhospitable.

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  15. Compare and contrast the marriage ceremonies of Christianity and Islam. For both, explain the importance of any symbolic elements.

    However, some Islam Nikah ceremonies take place in the home, as they believe that God is everywhere- tawhid. The walimah in Islam and the reception in Christianity are also similar as they have a more personal element, however the Christian reception tends to take place immediately after the ceremony, where as the walimah takes place the next day or up to three days after the nikah. The Christian ceremony and the nikah contrast as although in both religions they are legal ceremonies, in Christianity, it is seen as a religious ceremony also, where as in Islam the marriage ceremony is not a religious one.

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  16. Outline the key elements in Paul’s theology of the cross of Jesus, making careful reference to the text of his letters.

    Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things" (Philippians 3:18-19) The symbolic significance of the cross is undeniable, and it has become one of the most enduring symbols of Christianity in the world today. The importance of the cross is certainly one of the key elements of Paul's theology and Carey C. Newman, (among others) attributes this to the fact that "...Paul's primary task in life and thought was to interpret his conversion experience"1.

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  17. Christianity and Aid Questions

    This means they live on an unbalanced diet, consisting of just one food type, this, in turn, causes malnutrition. * Increased level of disease. In the South there are not the facilities that we have in the North. This means that often the nearest doctor or medical clinic is several days walk away and probably would not be very well equipped. When people around are suffering from severe malnutrition and the only drinking water is contaminated with various diseases and bugs disease and illness is quick to spread.

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  18. Study the authorship of one book in the bible.

    Paul was a persecutor called Saul who actively opposed the new Christian religion. However Paul had a conversion experience and immediately changed his ways, he became a crusader for the Christian faith and suffered greatly for it. Paul became a missionary and travelled for fifteen years through the eastern part of the Roman Empire. A substantial amount of information is known about these travels through the writings of Luke who is thought to have gone with him. Paul suffered greatly for his support of Christianity, and died as a result of it in 64CE.

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  19. The Work of one Christian Relief Agency - Christian Aid

    Bob Finley returned to America determined to arouse the churches about the need for reform in foreign missions. He said the best way to plant a Christian witness in closed countries was to reach people who were away from home. Then when they would go back to serve Christ in their homelands; get behind them with financial assistance. Following the presentation of his honorary doctor's degree, in 1953 he started International Students, Inc. to reach foreign students all over the U.S. and Canada. In 1972 the headquarters of ISI was moved to Colorado Springs, while the AID (Assisting Indigenous Developments)

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  20. Examples of Discipleship

    One of the main tenants of Christian discipleship is Jesus' teaching on the mountain: pacifism and love for enemies. Bonhoeffer was an avid believer in these ideals, and wrote his still-relevant book, The Cost of Discipleship, based around those thoughts. He interpreted the maxim of "If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also" as a call for pacifism and working out disagreements by reasoning rather than force. But Bonhoeffer was forced to challenge his own morals when the news of the violent anti-Semitism ignited by Hitler spread and several of his friends joined the German resistance.

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  21. Describe and explain the main sources of authority for a Christian when considering the issue of sex in relation to marriage. What teachings do they contain?

    This section contains the laws given by God to Moses, Christians believe that Jesus has given new laws in the New Testament and that these complete and clarify the Law that God gave to Moses. It also contains a record of the early activities of God and the early history of Israel. - The Prophets contain the life and teaching of men specially chosen by God. They contained more accounts of the early history of Israel. The words of the prophets contained great moral insights and prophecies about the Messiah.

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  22. The Bible

    are called the Synoptic Gospels as they use a resembling style and common material. The one prophetic book is named the Book of Revelation, or the Apocalypse. It is full of visions, symbolic meanings and strange events. The recurring issue is that good will eventually overcome all evil. Christians can interpret the book's meaning in different ways. There are four different approaches to the interpretations of the Bible: The Literal view (they view all Bible statements literally), the Fundamental view (they believe it is wholly inspired by God, and wholly without error), the Conservative view (they believe the Bible to be the Word of God interpreted by the human mind), and the Liberal view (they believe the writers were inspired to write, but were capable of making mistakes).

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  23. How have scholars attempted to resolve the problem of the Dating and Authorship of Luke: Acts.

    We must bear in mind that these writings are not wholly representative of contemporary literature and that there were many Apocphoral writings that were not integrated along with Luke:Acts. This can be explained either because of a lack of reliability of the content and in particular - the question of orthodoxy which would determine whether the writing would be of interest to the wider Church as a whole.

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  24. The Life of Barnabas

    It appears that from that time on Barnabas traveled with the apostles, leaving behind his friends and family. After these verses however, nothing more is said about Barnabas until Acts 11:22. In the chapters without Barnabas, the Christians in various churches were coming under scrutiny and persecution. Until Chapter 11, Barnabas had stayed in the Churches of Jerusalem and encourages the believers there at home. But, when news of the persecution reached Jerusalem the elders immediately sent Barnabas to Antioch where he encouraged the believers there to "remain true to the Lord with all their hearts" (Acts 11:22).

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  25. Explain what Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about sex and marriage?

    (Genesis 1: 26-27) Although this is not specifically a Methodist quote, it is used quite widely within the Methodist's teachings. Christians believe, as a group, that marriage serves many purposes. The most obvious is to build a relationship further than just an unmarried couple could. This is built through living together and sharing everything. This does not mean that marriage is just a form of religious co-habitation. It is a lot deeper than that. Living together is just a very small part of marriage.

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