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  1. Mark Verses 33-34

    If they wanted greatness in his kingdom, they must not try to take the most important place. They must not be proud and expect to be the masters. They must be willing to serve everyone. Verse 36 In order to emphasise this need for service, Jesus acted a parable. He used a little child as an example. The Aramaic word 'talya' can mean both 'child' and 'servant'. Children have no power and they have to depend on the help of adults. The disciples must serve even little children. But 'children' includes all people who are weak and in need of help.

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  2. Is Christmas too commercialised?

    Younger generations are growing up learning that Christmas is simply a time to get presents, oblivious to the fact that it is a time of remembrance amongst the Christian community who are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Children are becoming unaware of what the decorations symbolise. They are confusing religious and secular symbols. Christmas was never meant to be commercialised, and people are gaining profits by selling unnecessary items as part of Christmas. Every year new items are introduced and religious ones are slowly being pushed out.

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  3. Give an account of the birth of Christ as related by one of the Magi

    We may not be Jews by religion, but we had heard of the Messianic prophecies made by Jewish prophets and couldn't help but relate them to this astonishing astrological appearance. Resolutely, we set off to the west, the direction we saw this wondrous sight appear. We took gifts with us to bestow upon the king we anticipated to meet. For hundreds of miles we travelled.

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  4. infertility essay

    They also believe that using infertility treatments is enabling people to follow God's command to 'Be fruitful and multiply'. Christians can also refer to one of the Bible quotations 'Do unto others as you would have them do to you.' If touched by infertility, most people would want to have treatment to overcome the infertility. Therefore, you should not deny to others what you would want. These Christians say that it is often the most loving thing to allow infertile couples to use technology to conceive a child.

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  5. Free essay

    02 Christian attitudes to Infertility

    Men can also become infertile for a number of reasons such as alcohol, drugs, age and radiation and chemotherapy treatments for cancer. This makes life hard for married couples because the wish for a child is too strong. Although some couples can accept god chose for them not to have a child , some others will go to any lengths for a child. There are a number of different treatments for infertile couples. The most common is In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).'In Vitro' means 'in glass' in latin which is the way the egg is fertilised.

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  6. Death and resurection

    He rolled the large stone on the entrance and as a witness Magdalene and Mary mother of Joseph was watching and saw where the body of Jesus was placed. Explain why the death of Jesus is important for Christians It was noon and Jesus was on the cross when all the country was dark. Jesus was shouting to God, "my god, why did u abandon me?" However some people thought that he was shouting at Elijah.

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    RE Section B: Abortion

    A woman faced with an unplanned pregnancy is entitled to the help of expert counsellors and medical advice. Two doctors have to agree that her reasons for wanting to end her pregnancy comply with the 1967 Abortion Act. However, this act does not include Northern Ireland, where abortion is still illegal, though Irish patients have the right to seek information and travel elsewhere for the procedure. Paragraph 1: Christians have many views that may seem a little extreme to a non-Christian in today's modern society as most of them do stem from the teachings of the bible.

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  8. christianity coursework

    (Genesis 1:27) Christians believe in heaven, hell and purgatory, heaven and hell was very important to Christians in the past, but today Christians think more about life after death (the resurrection.) Some Christians believe when they are resurrected their bodies are needed after they die and others believe in cremation, when the body is burnt and the ashes are kept safe, there opinion is, if heaven is perfect, then people ought to live with new bodies and their old ones are no longer needed.

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  9. RME investigation: christmas

    These are supposed to remind Christians of Jesus as the 'light of the world'. No one knows the exact date of Jesus' birth but in the 4th century, the church decided to celebrate it on the 25th of December as this is the Roman festival of the unconquered sun. This day was special because it was the shortest day and on that day people worshipped the sun and prayed it would come back and give them another summer. For Christians who believed that god made everything, including the sun, it was easy to remember the son of god on this day.

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  10. Titles of jesus A03

    He also shows he is the Messiah in Mark 10:46-53, in the healing of blind Bartimaeus, in which he was called the Son of David: "When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, 'Jesus! Son of David! Take pity on me!'" Blind Bartimaeus knew he was the Messiah. But perhaps most importantly, Jesus was also the Son of God. This is proved in Mark 1:9-14, Jesus' baptism, when God spoke from Heaven and said '"You are my own dear Son.

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  11. Explain what does the study of Mark's Gospel tell us about the nature of Discipleship?

    Jesus said 'follow me' to Levi, which is simply what a disciple does, and he rose and followed him. It is very important that they followed Jesus straight away because it indicated the dedication and determination the disciples had. A disciple is expected to do what Jesus said immediately, for example in Mark 6: 7-13 'and he called to him the twelve, and began to send them off two by two, and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He told them to take nothing for their journey except a staff, no bread, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics."

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  12. Shopping on Christmas Eve

    The train stops. Everyone runs towards the stores as if the worlds about to end. While people push and shove their way threw I get effortlessly tossed off the train. I reach a street full of department stores and food places. The Christmas decorations beautifully hang from lamp posts and trees. I feel the Christmas atmosphere around me, filling me with joy and excitement; lights falling from the trees make the street even brighter than before.

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  13. A Christian can indeed learn a lot about discipleship from studying St. Marks gospel. It occupies a central role and is mentioned over 250 times.

    Jesus said to them 'come with me and I will teach you how to catch men' (1:17). For Jesus to call followers was very unusual as it was usually the disciples decided what leader to follow. But we are told 'at once they left their nets and went with him' (1:18). The men left all they had to follow Jesus; in return Jesus promised them a part of Gods kingdom on earth. After this Jesus went to call another two fishermen and this was also on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

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  14. Arguments about the Synoptic Problem are of little help in trying to understand the teachings of the gospels. Discuss

    This does not mean that each one of them regarded Jesus as more or less important however it could be argued that teacher is seen as ordinary, something Jesus was not. Although providing us with a greater insight into the gospels from many sources, this can be taken too far and begin trying to understand each detail when sometimes faith is needed. We have to remember that these are only theories to try and solve the synoptic problem which is why being open to criticism could be more useful than rejecting the synoptic problem.

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  15. "Festivals are an important aspect of life in many Christian traditions"

    In lent, Christians spend the forty days of lent preparing for Easter Day. Here they will have lots of time to think if they are living a good enough life in God's eyes. They will pray for forgiveness and help in which they have committed in life, in the way which God commands. This day also remembers the death of Our Saviour Jesus who died from the cross for us. Then how he had risen up from the dead on Easter Sunday. It is marked by practices giving up luxury items of food, self-discipline and services of worship to get closer to God.

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  16. How Does Christmas Affect The LIfe Styles And Customs Of Cristians Today

    Christians change their lifestyles around the entire advent period. This starts four Sundays before Christmas; it represents the beginning of the Christmas period and is a special time for Christians. To Christians the only true meaning of Christmas is the coming of Jesus, for many others Christmas revolves around presents and parties etc. Many of the customs today have no bearing on the way Christians celebrate Christmas. Many special services are held at or around Christmas time; there are many different types of masses held, one of these is midnight mass.

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  17. To what extent has Christmas become over commercialised?

    Christmas has successfully become one of the most if not the most commercial event on the calendar. The entire focus of Christmas has changed so dramatically, so much that the 'Christ' has been omitted from the word to form the popular X-mas. This shows that quite literally the Christ is being taken out of Christmas. For most people Christmas is seen as endless parties, presents, food, drink, and general jovialness. This in itself isn't wrong or bad, but the clear misinterpretation of Christmas is what takes away from it and reduces it to simply a social event.

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  18. How do Christians respond to the variety of Christian festivals- how do we change? (14)

    As we try not to discriminate against people in our community and around the world. Our behaviour changes a lot as we go out to the community to help the elderly and the sick. For example in school we go out and give food hampers to the elderly and the sick with the music and the re department. We can also go back packing to get some more food. Jesus gave us the story about the widows offering were the woman gives all she has to charity and a rich man gives a lot of money but makes a big fuss by rattling the money. This shows that the woman was selfless.

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  19. describe jesus as the son of god

    The meanings for many titles overlap. Many of the ideas an meanings related to Jesus being 'Son Of God' can be taken from other titles such as Messiah, Saviour and Son of man. For example the meaning of 'Son Of God' at Jesus time was a Messianic title the same as calling him Messiah. This means that if you drop the title then you will still be teaching the same things about Jesus.

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  20. How important in the celebration of the Eucharist is the remembrance of the Last Supper.

    Jesus shared a meal with his disciples on the evening before he died. Christians call this meal the 'Last Supper'. The meal was celebrating the 'Passover', the event of the Exodus, the most important meal of the Jewish year. Exodus tells us how Moses was sent by God to free the children of Israel from their captivity in Egypt. The Passover became the symbol of the whole 'passing over' from slavery to freedom. Jesus' last supper, when he and his disciples were celebrating the Passover, shares links with the Eucharist itself. God rescued the Jews from slavery in Egypt.

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    A national moment of silence, lowering of the flags, and such may be appropriate, but not a national holiday. When Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, we did not make it into a national holiday. I'm not trying to parallel December 7th with 9/11 like the media has, but my point is that it would be very inappropriate for 9/11 to be a national holiday. Yes, many people and heroes were lost on that day, God rest their souls; however, a national holiday, could be exploited.

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  22. Explain Why The Suffering, Death And Resurrection Of Jesus Are Important For Christians Today

    Some believe that God had such great love for His people that He allowed His only son to die on a cross in an attempt to persuade the people to return to His way. Through his death and resurrection, we can be forgiven. Secondly, the suffering, death and resurrection is relevant because Christians can relate to it. We learn about Jesus through his titles - how he is the Messiah, the Son of God, but also the fact that he is human.

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  23. Roman Catholics go and attend mass and receive Holy Communion because it's showing obedience to Jesus command and at the last supper Jesus said b4 breaking the bread "do this in memory of me".

    No two churches in the world are the same but when it comes to worshipping it doesn't really matter when or where you do actually worship, this is just my opinion and every other Christian has their own views, beliefs and points on when or where the best place to worship is. Roman Catholics go and attend mass and receive Holy Communion because it's showing obedience to Jesus command and at the last supper Jesus said b4 breaking the bread "do this in memory of me".

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  24. Conflict - War and Peace Justice For Christians justice means respecting the rights of other people and treating people equally

    In the Story of the Leper (Mark 1:40-45) it deals with a leper who believes he was not good enough for Jesus, "If you want you can make me clean". Jesus was filled with pity and he treated him equally by healing him, as a leper would have been treated like an outsider in society at the time. The story shows us that Jesus treats everyone equally and calls on us to do so. Forgiveness When we sin we separate our bond with God but Forgiveness restores a persons broken relationship with God and other people.

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  25. 'God helps those who help themselves.' Discuss this statement with reference to the marginalised.

    As the proverb goes "We do our best-let God do the rest" because if you do no study before and exam and just pray God wont help you pass it as you have put in no effort to begin with. When Jesus went into the desert the devil temped him three times one of the times the devil told Jesus to jump off the cliff and let Gods angels save him Jesus replied "Do not put our Lord your God to the test" so if you depend on prayer you are testing God.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Assess the nature of the kingdom as it is presented in Luke's gospel. Show how Luke's presentation differs from Jewish expectations

    "In conclusion, Jewish understanding of the Kingdom of God slightly differs to that of Jesus' teachings. Jews expected an earthly king to come and liberate them from the occupation of the Romans, as Jesus entered Jerusalem, they expected him to ride on a horse with armament as a 'fighting' leader, on the contrary Jesus was humble and instead rode on a donkey. In Luke's gospel as well as the other gospel writers, the Kingdom is portrayed as a spiritual kingdom for all people united as one. Jewish leaders of the day took this teaching as an insult to the Jewish nation as they had been waiting centuries to be set free and yet they didn't get their earthly response. However one agreement between Christians and Jews alike, is that they still await the Judgement Day in earnest and the coming of Christ in order to consummate the kingdom."

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