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In my coursework, I will be focusing on the titles of Jesus. In Mark's Gospel and how he deals with them. I will also describe how Mark changes the meanings of these titles to describe Jesus personally, and how he brings a new meaning to the titles.

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R.S. GCSE COURSEWORK SON OF GOD AQA SYLLABUS SECTION 1C In my coursework, I will be focusing on the titles of Jesus. In Mark's Gospel and how he deals with them. I will also describe how Mark changes the meanings of these titles to describe Jesus personally, and how he brings a new meaning to the titles. I shall also look at the relevance of these titles for Christians today, and how Christians respond to the use of these titles. Jesus often referred to himself as 'the Son of Man'. The Son of Man was supposed to have heavenly authority, as described in the Book of Daniel. Mark takes the two ideas; that the Son of Man will suffer for God's will and that the Son of Man has authority, and brings them together - claiming that Jesus is the Son of Man. Generally, this title is not used as much as 'Son of God' because the meaning of it is not clear and most Christians do not understand its relevance. 'Jesus Saviour' was another title used in Mark's Gospel to refer to Jesus. The name 'Jesus' means 'Saviour'. Matthew's Gospel states that Joseph was told - "You are to name him Jesus because he will save people from their sins." Mark describes Jesus as the saviour in his Gospel. Today, Christians believe in Jesus as the person who, through his death and resurrection, saved his followers from their sins. ...read more.

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Mark believed Jesus was the Messiah, and gave Jesus the title 'Son of God' to display this fact. Christians believe in the Holy Trinity. This means that they believe that God has three parts, but yet is one. Christians believe in evidence of the Trinity, even in the early Old Testament: "Let us make man in our own image." Christians believe that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have always existed (as proved in the opening paragraphs of John's Gospel). They share the same Godly attributes and qualities. For example, God is seen as all knowledgable and this attribute is also given to Jesus. Mark does not specifically mention the existence of the Trinity, but makes it clear that there is a special relationship between God and Jesus. The idea of the Trinity was not formalised until the third or fourth century by the early leaders of the church. Christians today believe that everything proceeds from the Trinity. They also believe that whatever exists in the world has the Trinity at it's end. The Creed teaches that there is not three Gods, but one God in three persons. The 'Father, the Almighty', the 'Only Son of the Father' and the 'Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life'. The father and the Son and the Holy Spirit do not share one divinity. Each of them is fully God, yet there is only one God. ...read more.

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They argue that not all Christians understand the title. Also Jesus used the title Son of Man more regularly in the Gospels meaning that Son of Man describes Jesus' mission better. Jesus himself when he healed the paralysed man at Capernaum said that the "Son of Man has authority on Earth to forgive sins" thus describing his mission. However, not all people belong to the Christian faith. These people may be from another religion, or atheists, who do not have a religion. An example of this group would be Judaism. The Jewish faith is similar to Christianity, but they do not believe in Jesus being the Messiah. For this reason, Jews would argue that the title 'Son of God' should definitely be dropped, as to call Jesus the 'Son' of God is misleading - as he was only a prophet, and not the Messiah, as Christians believe. The title Son of God clearly demonstrates a special connection between Jesus and God. It also displays Jesus' divinity. It could, however, also be a metaphor to represent that God is a father figure and that Jesus was one example of everybody being a Son of God. On the other hand, the title Son of God could be interpreted to be that Jesus was literally the Son of God. However, I believe that the use of this title should continue. It clearly shows that Jesus was unique - he was the 'Son' of God. Titles such as Son of Man or Son of David are not clear in their meaning - however, 'Son of God' clearly demonstrates the divinity of Jesus. ...read more.

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