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Describe the importance of the Bible in the life and worship of Christians

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Part A Describe the importance of the Bible in the life and worship of Christians The Bible is paramount in the life and worship of Christians. It is a guide to worship, belief, practices and values. It carries God's authorities in matters of belief and behaviour. In 2 Timothy 3: 16-17, St Paul states that "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking the error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right of living, so that the person who served God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed." Christians read the Bible for a numerous amount of reasons, such as inspiration, encouragement, guidance, comfort, or to bring them closer to God. They can use the Bible to look for principles to help them make decisions about certain moral and social concerns, such as abortion, prejudice, poverty, war etc. Christians are taught to live their lives as the Bible tells them to. Good Christians have great faith in God and worship him through prayer, they have been taught to do this from the stories of Jesus and his miracles. This should be an active influence on their lives, in the way that they make decisions on a moral level and the way they will choose to bring up their children. ...read more.

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We should love God not only with words and talk but with our actions and our hearts." A Christians attitude after reading this might be one of grace and self-giving sometimes at a great cost to the individual to help establish the kingdom of God on Earth, to follow the example of Jesus and the disciples. After reading the bible, a Christian may choose to support the Salvation Army to show feelings of equality towards the homeless. A Christian might also support more charities to show an act of self-giving and an awareness of the sanctity of life and that it should not be prematurely terminated through euthanasia, because death is a process not an event and life should be innocent. A Christian might also not be racist and would follow the biblical teaching of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Perhaps the most obvious effect that these teachings have on most modern day Christians is prayer. Christians should pray every day to show their gratitude or thanks. Similarly, just having the faith to be a Christian, letting the laws set effect the way you live your life in the belief of afterlife, is a form of worship. Stories of giving in the Bible like the wise men who worshipped Jesus and brought him gifts, may be a major cause of Christian charities. ...read more.

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Jesus, To conclude, although it may seem that the NT is more important than the other, it cannot be true because both are as important as the other. If Christians regarded the NT more important, then they would be saying that the testament that gives them evidence that Jesus is the messiah is not important. But the NT is still equally important because it contains the scriptures of his life and lets Christians learn more about their Messiah. The Bible should be treated as a whole and should not be split up into more relevant bits than others. Both the testaments help Christians understand and know more about their faith. The OT helps them because it gives them an insight into the life before Jesus and the coming of the Messiah, and the NT helps them because it shows them life after Jesus was born, how things changed etc. So I have come to the conclusion that the two testaments are equivalent in value and the NT should not be referred to as more important than the OT, without the OT there would be no proof that Jesus was the true Messiah and the NT is built on the scriptures of the OT, the OT in a way is a foundation and the NT simply builds on it. Farah Nanji 10X ...read more.

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