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  1. Explain why the suffering, death and resurrection are important for Christians today.

    When we die we cannot take material things with us. Like the story of the poor widow's offering, Mark 12:41-44 she only gave a farthing but to her it was all she had. The rich who gave more were still left with more, she was left with nothing. Martin Luther-King and Mother Teresa are two prime examples of modern day Christians who displayed acts of love, generosity and self-sacrifice. Martin Luther-King was an American clergyman who became a leading civil rights campaigner who worked for peace, justice and equality for black people.

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  2. Explain Why Christians Think It Was Important That Jesus Died.

    Due to all of this they felt that the best way to prevent any of this from happening was to get rid of Jesus. So they decided to execute him. The Romans offered Judas Iscariot reward money if he helped them capture Jesus, Jesus was betrayed by Judas for the reward money the Romans had offered. Three days after Jesus' crucifixion he was raised to life. The term given when someone rises from the dead is called resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus happened because a prophecy had to be fulfilled.

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  3. The nature of disciple in Marks gospel.

    The next two apostles were two sons of Zebedee, James and John. Jesus called them and they followed him. Simon, Andrew, James and John must have had good faith in Jesus as they followed him immediately without any hesitation. They also may have known Jesus before as they lived close to him. Jesus must have thought of the four apostles to be special as he choose them. The fifth apostle was called Levi. Levi was a tax collector, because Levi made a new start to a new life he changed his name to Matthew. The last seven apostles were choose on a mountain.

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  4. "Christian Festivals have lost their Religious meaning" Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answers showing that you have considered other points of view.

    There Christmas stock comes out months before the actual day arrives. Children focus on Father Christmas coming to give them their presents they should still believe this but their parents should tell them why he is coming. Who made it possible. Children should learn the religious meaning at an early age so they don't just wait until they receive presents they wait for the miraculous birth of Christ. Many shops decorate their windows with bright colourful lights and tinsel even though this looks attractive and gets you into a Christmas mood they should remember the true meaning.

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  5. How is Christmas celebrated by Roman Catholics and the Society of Friends?

    Jesus is placed there on Christmas day this represents the day he was born. Usually the three wise men are placed in there on Christmas day too, as they arrived after he was born. Roman Catholics go and celebrate mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas day. The Christmas eve mass is called the vigil mass. Many people liked going on Christmas day morning, as this was significant of Christmas and it felt special. There is a midnight mass which adults tend to go to. At the Christmas day service there are many carols sung a special one, which people sing to Jesus, is 'Away in a Manager' " Away in a manager,

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  6. “Its not possible to be a disciple of Jesus in the modern world”.

    If a person is motivated by love of God and love of your neighbour then it is possible to become a disciple. Saints are an example of people who are motivated by love of God and you neighbour. They have devoted their lives to living like a disciple. Every Christian has a vocation to follow Jesus because they were baptised. Through Holy Orders certain people chose to fully devote their lives to living like Jesus.

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  7. Explain what Christians believe about 1) Death of Jesus, and 2) Life after death.

    on a donkey,thus a lot of people thought he was the Messiah.The high priests expected that Jesus would be a religious leader, but not someone who challenged them and criticized them.Many people were ready to follow Jesus ,if he would make a rebelion against the Romans.But the priests were in good terms with the Romans ,so they saw Jesus as a threat.Jesus was sentenced for blasphemy.In fact the priests used a trop to sentence Jesus.They asked Jesus if he was the Son of God and Jesus answered yes .But they

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  8. Explain how Christian preparation for Christmas relates to the events described in the Gospel infancy narratives.

    The nativity is to remind us of the 'reason for the season' and to put 'Christ back in Christmas'. The giving of gifts at Christmas is an old tradition. God sent the perfect gift, in his son, Jesus, to save us. It's in the power of the death and resurrection that the true meaning of the gift becomes clear. We give gifts to honour God's most precious gift of hope for mankind. The first Christmas gifts were given by the wise men to Jesus, as said in Matthew. Just like this, we exchange gifts at Christmas time. On the more commercial side, people want as much as they can get their hands on, and this masks the real meaning of the tradition.

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  9. What makes a good narrative poem?

    Myth and legends are stories that have been around a long time. The Griesly Bride and the legend of west Lochtarbet are both poems that sound if they have been around for a long time. I can tell that the legend of west Lochtarbert has been around a long time because of the language that it uses for example, "they rest on their oars awhile", we would not use the word awhile like it is used here. "At ebb of day a mother called" the word ebb means end, we don't even use this word.

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  10. Explain how Luke describes Jesus as the sacrificial lamb in his gospel.

    The first plague was when God changed the waters into blood, and all the fish died. They asked again seven days later but he still refused, so he covered the land with frogs. The Pharaoh still wouldn't listen so God sent down another plague, and he carried on doing this until the Pharaoh gave in. The last plague was the worst plague. God wanted everyone to take a lamb for his family, but they had to be perfect in every way also they had to be 1 year old males. They had to take care of it until the 14th day of the month, and then on that day they had to slaughter it, and put its blood on the sides and tops of the door frames.

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  11. The Race for the Christmas Number One.

    Most people want Bo Selector to win the Christmas Number One. As you can see over half of the people thought that Ozzy and Kelly are going to win. Only 30% of the people that I asked have actually bought any of these singles. How are we going to get a Christmas Number One if nobody has bought any of these singles? So far I believe that, my research shows that Ozzy and Kelly are favourites to win. What makes a Christmas Number One?

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  12. Describe the Birth Jesus in the gospels comparing and Contrasting the two accounts.

    Palestine is now divided between Israel and the Israeli-occupied territories, parts of which are self-administered by Palestinians. At the time of Jesus' birth it was a small. It lay between two of the great cultural centers of Egypt and Mesopotamia. During the time of Jesus the land was ruled by Romans, the Romans where known for there brutal and vicious ways they would make the Jewish people feel cheap and shameful as the Roman's thought of them self's as superior. The English word "gospel" is copied from the Old English godspel meaning 'good tidings', which is a rendering of the Greek evangel ion 'good news'.

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  13. Maximillian Kolbe was a Polish monk.

    As the prisoners were selected one of them shouted, "No, I've got a family you can't kill me!" At this Kolbe volunteered to take his place. The Germans accepted this and put the ten remaining people into a dark, damp cell without food or water until they died. Kolbe had sacrificed his life for this man. He was prepared to suffer starvation for a man that he didn't even know. This is a similar to Jesus as he gave his life and suffered greatly for many people he hadn't met before.

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  14. The Last Supper.

    This gives better light to his painting. A major point is that people of the time didn't sit at long tables like they do at modern day weddings! As Jesus wanted everyone to listen to him when he revealed there was a traitor among them. He would have wanted everyone to be able to see him. And people didn't sit on hard chairs to eat, it was considered extremely bad for the digestion. Instead the sat back in chairs more like recliners so that the food was able to digest gently, meaning that meals were very long, drawn out affairs, from 3 to 4 hours.

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  15. Explain how Jesus' teachings on the Sabbath would affect the life's of Christians today.

    He taught us the importance of worship. On the Sabbath, Catholics go to a church, where they can worship together as a group, and celebrate Holy Communion together. Other Christian denominations celebrate around a table together, and pass Holy Communion the same way Jesus and his disciples celebrated it. Other Christians celebrate with a small turnout around a little alter. We celebrate because Jesus taught us to by constant worship on the Sabbath. Some branches of Christianity, like Methodists and the Salvation Army don't celebrate mass at all.

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  16. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibilityfor those at the beginning and end of their lives.

    We all share one thing, love for each other. Even when we suffer, we are strengthened through these pains and sufferings. When Jesus suffered and died for us, this made us realise how precious life truly is, how precious love and compassion for one another is. "Love thy neighbour as thyself". This is one of the greatest commandments of all, and we shall always follow its proper meaning throughout our life. Another very important commandment is "Thou shall not kill", because when we do, we are betraying morality and turning our backs on the right path to the Kingdom of God.

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  17. The Portrayal of Jesus in the Media.

    Both of these ideas are very similar but nevertheless I have a different opinion on how Jesus should look. I believe that he should have tanned skin as he was born in Jerusalem a country in the Middle East. I would also expect for him to have a beard and long brown hair. Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ Superstar illustrate Jesus wearing white underwear and robe. Alternatively in Mark 15 Jesus is dressed in a purple robe. This is highlighted in the line "They put a purple robe on Jesus".

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  18. Christians and Persecution.

    Jesus said "Prophets are respected everywhere except in their own town by relatives and family. Again Jesus ignored what was going on and continued with his work. I think this shows people today that we must treat are families and friends, as we would expect them to treat us. When Jesus was arrested he made no fuss but accepted it as if I was an every day occurrence. There was no fuss or force used but he just continued as if nothing had happened. It is a good example for people today because some people are blowing small matters out of proportion and going to court over the smallest of things and I am sure that if they just accepted it like Jesus did it would be resolved.

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  19. "Instruction for the Early Church was the Main Purpose of John's Discourses" - Examine and Assess this Statement with Reference to Any Two "I am" Discourses.

    It was important for the Early Church to stress Jesus' divine authority in his relationship with God. In the Resurrection Discourse Jesus is called the "Son of God", in the True Vine Discourse Jesus links directly himself with God: "everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you". This is linked to the theme of Jesus being eternally with God, illustrated in the Prologue "The Word (Jesus) was with God and the Word was God."

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  20. Christmas to me.

    Depending on a persons beliefs, religion, culture and society, Christmas is a very unspecific word. To Christians, Christmas is a time of remembering the true story and the true side of Christmas, for what happened on the 25th of December all those years ago. For people like me Christmas is a time when you can make a fresh start and realize that family is most precious and important and that money can not buy a memorable time with the people you love most. Christmas is everything to me. From opening presents to sending cards, it is quite interesting to realise that every small insignificant part of Christmas is what makes it such a great time for me, and I think that is something we are all taught that it's the small things that make life.

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  21. Examine the Presentation of the Person of Jesus in the Johannine Eschatology & Judgement Passages.

    Also, Jesus' statements about judgment come straight after a sign, the Healing at the Pool, also called Jesus the Judge. Jesus is presented as passing judgement now, "whoever does not believe stands condemned already", emphasising the theme of realised eschatology in John's Gospel. Realised eschatology was defined by C. H. Dodd as the Kingdom of God coming to the world in the person and ministry of Jesus, and is a prevalent theme in John's Gospel: "the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it".

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  22. The Purpose of John's Signs Were to Show How Christianity Superseded Judaism - Explain this Statement and Assess the View that this was the Main Purpose of John's Signs.

    There are miraculous signs called "Oth" in the Old Testament that were proof of divinity for example in 1 Kings Elijah heals a sick child rather like the Healing of the Official's Son. Glasson points out that "Exodus motifs abound" in John's signs. In the Healing at the Pool the paralytic has been ill for 38 years, the time the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. There are also 5 colonnades symbolising the Jewish Pentatuch; again the water in the pool is inadequate, Jesus is necessary to help the paralytic.

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  23. Compare and contrast the way Wales and its people are portrayed in the poems 'Toast' by Sheenagh Pugh and 'Some Christmas Haiku' by Peter Finch.I am going to be discussing comparisons and differences between the two poems.

    They were also described as 'sex objects, and happily up for it', I think that the builders are happy that it's summer so that they can get the attention that they are getting. The poem tells us that the builders wouldn't get mad that they were being whistled at 'they never got mad; it was too heady being young and fancied and in the sun'. In my opinion a woman wrote the poem because the way the builders were described 'young builders lay, golden and melting', If the poem was narrated by a man, I don't think he would have described the builders in this way.

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  24. In Amiri Baraka's poem, "When We'll Worship Jesus," what is the significance of his allusions?

    This gap in social views is argued strongly by Amiri Baraka in his poem "When We'll Worship Jesus." In his poem, Baraka is very passionate about African Americans getting up off of the ground, instead of praying to a God that has done nothing for them, and stepping up to make changes on their own. "we aint gon worship jesus not till he do something not till he help us not till the world get changed and he ain, jesus ain, he cant change the world we can change the world" (Baraka). If they only go to church, pray, and wait for Jesus to do something nothing will ever happen.

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  25. Why the suffering, death and Resurrection Is important to Christians today.

    He was sentenced to several years in prison without an official trial or warning. This is like Jesus who suffered without worthy trial. At the time Mark was writing his gospels, the Christians were undergoing persecution, torture and even death for their beliefs. The gospel was a source of comfort for them as it showed how Jesus suffered as they were. In Iran today people are not allowed to express their religion openly. They face execution if they do not conform to the ideas of the government.

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