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Gcse Re Coursework - Jerusalem

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Jessica Gilbert GCSE RE Coursework Contents My RE Coursework is separated into three main parts and then into further sections within those parts. Part A is divided into; pre-talk, day one, day two, day three, day four and my final thought. Part B is divided into two parts. Part C is divided into a further two parts, which are the two arguments to do with the question. Then Finally my bibliography. Introduction I choose Jerusalem because it has such a deep story to tell. Jerusalem has many names, including; Holy Land, City of Righteousness, Faithful City, City of the Great King, Zion and many more. Jerusalem also has an endless history and has been described as physically-strong, morally-corrupt and spiritually-the redeemed. Jerusalem seems to be God's land; "...the Lord said, In Jerusalem will I put my name." 2Kings 21:4 I have started with the words of the hymn "Jerusalem". This hymn shows the great importance of Jerusalem, to many and the beauty of this hymn represents the wonder and beauty of Jerusalem. Part A Pre-talk "And did those feet in ancient time, Walk upon England's mountain green? And was the Holy Land of God, On England's pleasant pastures seen? And did the countenance divide, Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here, Among those dark satanic mills? Bring me my bow of burning gold! Bring me my arrows of desire! Bring me my spire O clouds unfold! Bring me my chariot of fire! I will not cease from metal fight, Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand, Till we have built Jerusalem, In England's green and pleasant land." ...read more.

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You have shown me the paths that lead to life and your presence will fill me with joy." Many people also shared their favourite parts of the bible, some recited lyrics from meaningful songs or hymns. It was fascinating the way some people understood the deeper meaning of the words spoken in different ways. The evening ended with a quote from Matthew 24 . 4-14 "Watch that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name claiming "I am the Christ" and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumours of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase in wickedness the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm till the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Day 4 My path today is taking me to place of enchantment. A place I believe of beauty and wonder, a place of prayer and dreams. ...read more.

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They could be making friends of their enemies, feeding the hungry and hosing the homeless. Christians could save the money that they would spend on a pilgrimage and use it for charities. If Christian people feel the need to grow closer to god they could take time away from there outside world, for a time of reflection and thankfulness. To study their beliefs and/or to study the meaning of the words in the bible, because the biblical stories have a message and a meaning for each and every Christian. By going on pilgrimages, dolatry is being encouraged, by journeying to a place of a saint; they are worshipping a saint, an idol or a place. Pilgrimages can be seen as a selfish act and as I stressed earlier, the money saved from the pilgrimage could be spent on people of great need and not on one persons holiday type trip. But.......... Christians sometimes believe that a pilgrimage expresses their love for God and gives them a time set aside for living a pure Christian life and being with others of the same frame of mind, who are able to feed and sustain their faith. Pilgrimages may seem to be encouraged by God's promise, be travelling by faith and sustained by God. Many Christians are so wearied by work, that they are doing for others, that it is good for them to go on a pilgrimage to renew their strength and faith. Some Christians are very isolated, even though they are with many other people and they have the need to seek out other Christians with the same or similar beliefs. Jesus, himself, retired from his public life, for a time of reflection, and many pilgrimages are described in the bible. ...read more.

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