• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss the meaning of the Kingdom of God in relationto present-day Christian belief and life

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Discuss the meaning of the Kingdom of God in relation to present-day Christian belief and life One of Jesus's first teachings is that "the kingdom of God is at hand". That means that you can reach it hear and now. The Kingdom of God is also called the Kingdom of Heaven. In Christianity it is the spiritual realm over which God reigns as king, or the fulfillment on Earth of God's will. The phrase occurs frequently in the New Testament, primarily used by Jesus Christ in the first three Gospels. It is generally considered to be the central theme of Jesus' teaching, but widely differing views have been held about Jesus' teaching on the Kingdom of God and its relation to the developed view of the church. ...read more.

Middle

They tell me to consider this and live my life accordingly. This is the extremist belief. But who am I to say whether this is true or not. Another thing the Kingdom of God does is that it gives people hope. In war the Christians believe that if they die they will go to meet their maker. That is a strong fear reliever. It also helps people who are in grave trouble to hang on. If a man is poor and is in a tremendous amount of debt then the story of Lazarus comes to mind. He will hang on because in the kingdom of God he will not face the problems that he is facing now. But there is another side. ...read more.

Conclusion

The problem is in the world today is that no one believes God. In fact no one has a fear of anyone or anything. It is a far too cynical age. People look for faults in the bible. They say that Jesus was not the son of God. They say God does not exist. Look around you they say how can a merciful God let people suffer in the conditions that they do. My view is that the belief in God has been so obliterated that the only place you are ever going to see it in the Churches on Sundays. In the hearts of the faithful you will still find that the Kingdom of God is a safe haven. A place which people in dire situations look to a place where they will be compensated for the suffering they have endured in this life. /Continued ... - 2 - May 10, 2007 C:\My Documents\Course Work-Christianity\Rs Coursework 3.doc ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Existence of God section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Existence of God essays

  1. Good and Evil

    They would say that the world is carefully balanced, everything in it is elaborately connected and the world doesn't only do good things, it is a world that creates certain natural laws which determine everything that happens. So these Christians believe that natural processes can produce good and bad effects-this includes suffering.

  2. Evolution - Charles Darwin and Christian belief

    Finally the radical Christians, who were closer to the mainstream Christians than to the fundamentalists, responded by seeing creation and redemption as part of the whole process of evolution.

  1. Explain the Christian idea of God. How is this idea of God reflected in ...

    And so every day they must think carefully about there actions. It encourages the attitude of a Christian to be "divine". This commandment is conflicting with the authority of a (non- theocratic) state. This is because obedience to God can interfere with your allegiance with the states leader.

  2. What do Christians mean when they say that ''Man is estranged from God'' ? ...

    In the beginning the relationship between God and mankind was a model one. There was communication between them, shown by the many conversations they had. God and humans have a special relationship because humans are like God, :''So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.''

  1. "Is God on the side of the poor?"

    reason for him doing this? It would be naive to think so. There was his Covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the fact that he may have done it to show everyone not only how powerful he was but also how merciful and caring he was - which shows he could have done it simply

  2. Parables of the Kingdom Mark's Gospel is a synoptic gospel, meaning it is ...

    But there are many other people - like the seeds which fall onto good soil, grow tall and bear fruit - who hear Jesus' words and act upon them. These people bring God fully into their lives, undoubtedly, some more than others.

  1. God does not play dice, discuss.

    the world is not completely random and chaotic, hence the world must have been designed by supreme being who enforced order. The second argument is similar to William Paley's design qua purpose theory. It related the fact that the inorganic world sustains life on a basic level to the notion that god designed it for this very purpose.

  2. Is There Life After Death?

    The plants that are eaten by insects or plant eating animals. Other insects or animals eat the insects. Other animals or humans eat the animals. When a plant or animal dies, the nutrients that are a part of it go back into the food chain.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work