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Revelation Essay

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Revelation Essay A) Outline your knowledge and understanding of the Christian view of revelation B) Explore the claim that it is true to say that philosophy is based on reason while religion is based on revelation. Justify your answer. Revelation by definition is the disclosure of facts or theories through religious events that have previously remained hidden. For Christians revelation is mainly associated with the revelation of God to his people throughout the ages. God has made himself known to us but we have to consider that he has also presented himself to us, with the choice up to us whether we accept his love. God has not pressed Himself up us. His acts of love remain the motivation for our acceptance of God. We have free will, but His motivation for revelation is His love for us. It is by this natural reason which has been in existence for eons, that our belief in God has developed and been affirmed. God for us is a source of life, our creator and protector. Revelation has aided this Christian illustration of God. God has revealed Himself to us in two stages: - The Old Testament - The New Testament In the Old testament God made Himself apparent through actions more than words of obvious connection with scripture or prophecies. ...read more.

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Our confidence in God only proves to show us that the teachings and realities contained with in the Gospels provided a guide to the way we should in theory live our lives. For us today God's revelation is still as in integral part of our faith as it was when the Gospels were written. Scripture reveals what God is to us, a man alive in Christ "At various times in the past and various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the Prophets; but I our own time, the last days, he has spoken to us through his son." (Hebrews (1:1-2)) Philosophers argue that Revelation is a source of truth about God, which cannot simply be reasoned, it is more complex. Aquinas proposed that revelation revealed truths about God, but there is no explanation for what these truths are or what they mean. Another understanding of revelation is taken from the view that the authors of these Gospels were conditioned by their culture and mind set due to their time of living. It is arguable that divine truth for them was defined by their surroundings and beliefs, and so may not prove so relevant for Christians today. Their message was the product of their own experience. ...read more.

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Revelation is a definite part of religion, but I am dubious over whether religion is majorly based upon revelation. Religion is based upon a number of things. Revelation is treated by theology in two separate ways: - The fact - God's truths that He has revealed about himself - The content - the mysteries which God has made known. Revelation can therefore be treated with both a religious and philosophical approach. But I do think that revelation if viewed as experience of God, and not simply as the events on which God physically revealed Himself to individuals, is a founding aspect of religion. Religion is defined as "belief in and worship of God or Gods". This belief has arisen from a view of God, which derives form experience of God in our lives, a personal view of God and his actions, a revelation. I think then that religion is based in revelation, not solely, but definitely. In conclusion I think that though we can arrive at a vague conclusion that religion is based on revelation and philosophy is associated with reason, there is no concrete conclusion that can be made. Personal opinion and philosophy in this matter plays a big part, there is no right or wrong. ...read more.

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