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  1. Jewish Manuscript Source Of Evidence That Proves That Jesus Lived

    7/36 The Sanhadrin was the Jewish Council, and James, the brother of Jesus, was a leader in the early Jerusalem Church. Josephus continues: "Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to them both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was the Christ.

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  2. Describe and explain the religious and non-religious customs associated with Easter.

    Members are encouraged to prepare spiritually by spending time reading the bible. Traditionally people would prepare for the fast of lent by eating up all the fat of the house on Shrove Tuesday. Nowadays we call this day Pancake Day. It has less spiritual significance and is a family time for celebration. In some countries in Europe there are great carnival processions and all kinds of local fun and games still go on. Shrove Tuesday is called Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday - in Europe and South America and parts of the USA.

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  3. Explain the meaning of discipleship for: -1) The first Christians. 2) Christians today.

    The men that Jesus chose were not exactly prefect. There was a combination of people from different walks of life. Men who most people thought were sinners and immoral. Among the men that Jesus called were Mathew (Levi), a dishonest tax collector, Simon, a member of the Zealots who were freedom fighters. They were fierce patriots who seen no hope for their people until the Romans were driven out, they tried to reach this goal by the means of violence and murder. And Judas the man that was destined to let down Jesus by betraying him.

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  4. Mark’s gospel

    In the parable for the Rich Young Man he shows love as he does in many other parables and miracles. In the Garden of Gethsemane he shows anxiety, as he knows he is soon to be killed. Jesus' humanity is very important for us as Christians as we can relate to him because Jesus felt the emotions that we have. Jesus as a human shows us that we can be good and lead a good Christian life like him and that this is not above our ability.

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  5. “It is not possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern world”Do you agree or disagree?

    The word 'disciple' means 'one who follows' and it is impossible to follow someone who is dead. This may be true but in the Bible, we are told that Jesus is alive, sitting by the right hand of God, meaning that people who ask this type of question clearly have little faith in Jesus' teachings that were brought to them directly from the bible. Not believing that Christians today can follow Jesus because he is dead raises the types of questions that scrutinise the faith of those asking such questions.

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  6. Explain why many of the religious leaders came to the conclusion that Jesus should be put to death

    The rules of the Oral Tradition went on, in this stricter-than-strict way. The Pharisees believed that they had to abide by their Oral Tradition in every sense. They were so intent on keeping these rules, that it seemed they were more interested in the formalities of their faith, rather than the Spirit. They would not, for example, help somebody who had, say, fallen on the street, if it meant missing the service at the synagogue. The Pharisees also fasted twice a week, and attended full Temple services. Because they so strongly believed in keeping the Oral Tradition like a good Pharisee, they set themselves apart from anyone who broke it.

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  7. Who Is Responsible For Jesus’ Death?

    Judas is the obvious choice for the person responsible for Jesus death, because he betrayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, 'the man I kiss is the one you want. Arrest him and take him away under guard'. Judas did not have to betray Jesus so he is to blame because if he hadn't handed Jesus to the Romans then Jesus would have never been up for trial and prosecuted. The Jewish leaders wanted Jesus dead, they told lies against him and did not give him the chance defend himself.

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  8. A Junior Roman solider made entries into his diary about the events of the crucifixion.

    I had no authority and I could not stop them. A scarlet robe, a crown of thorns and a stick looking like a wand awaited in the corner of the hall. Sergeant Griffin placed them neatly on him and then the whole company was ordered to one by one kneel before him spit on his feet and say long live the king of the Jews! It was pure torture of the man and should never have happened. I used to have different perspectives about the Jews but I looked at that man with the highest respect that day.

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  9. Discipleship Coursework

    To be a Christian disciple however, takes a different kind of self-discipline. The word disciple originates from the word discipline in Latin. Jesus told us that being a Christian disciple was very important, as spreading the word of God was vital for the continuation of the Christian order. A Disciple of Jesus is a person who follows the teachings of Christ. People take Jesus as an example as he put what he preached into practice, and his disciples follow him in awe, willing to spread His Good News. Jesus taught people to turn away from Sin, and to believe in the message of God.

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  10. “Explain why the Suffering, Death and Resurrection are Important For Christians today”

    The rich ruled the poor and 20% of the population ruled 80% of the land. Despite this Romero was blind to the common labourers suffering, all this change however when a priest who was also a friend of his was murdered for speaking out against the government. It was after this point that Romero began to realise the oppression and poverty that the ordinary person had to live and work under.

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  11. The meaning of discipleship for the first disciples.

    It appeared that Jesus had some sort of authority, which caused the men to respond immediately. Being a Christian involves total commitment; the first disciples show this amount of commitment. The first four disciples gave up everything just for Jesus. I think that Christians today would find it difficult to follow all of Jesus' teachings. Although there are many people like nuns and priests who give up everything and put all their faith in God. The fishermen possessed the greatest quality of all, which is faith. The word faith is described as 1. Trust 2. Belief (without proof)

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  12. What is Discipleship?

    Next came the call of Levi. Levi was a tax - gatherer. Tax - gatherers were generally seen as dishonest and were disliked by society but still Jesus called him to be a disciple and Levi got up and followed him. This shows that Jesus was willing to forgive those who wanted forgiveness and that we would exclude nobody if they were willing to repent of their sins. One day, Jesus sent the twelve disciples out on a mission to preach and to heal, and he gave them authority over evil spirits.

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  13. Christmas Meeting

    Then there is the sudden arrival of the young man who burst in without a knock. He is surprised and tells the women he thought it was his room. The young man hesitates and says, "It's queer being alone at Christmas, isn't it?" Then he asked if he might stay a while and talk because he is alone and she is alone. The woman, pleased to have company accepts his offer. The author describes the young man as around twenty, unconventionally dressed with a wine coloured tie and a black velvet jacket. He has long curly hair in need of a cut and looks somewhat effeminate but his narrow piercing blue eyes and a jutting nose and chin belie this.

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  14. Investigate the trials of Jesus from the time of his arrest to the time of his death.

    This might be to do with 'Iscariot' because it could mean 'zealot'. The main reason suggested though that Judas betrayed Jesus because of is that he was offered money by the Sanhedrin to betray Jesus, around 30 pieces of silver it is believed. Everybody knew that Judas like his 'fair' share of money, he regularly helped himself to the funds that Jesus and the apostles shared. The chief priests would have arrested Jesus earlier than they actually did if it had not been for the feast of the Passover, they did not want to arrest him during that time because they thought that the people might cause riots.

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  15. Caedmon’s Hymn

    He wrote so that people could learn about Christ and all that he did, things like sacrificing himself and all of his teachings. His writings on books of the Bible were widely promoted and widely circulated. He also wrote about nature. He knew that the earth was a sphere and had a sense of many astronomical phenomena. Bede just wanted to educate all around. He focused on Christianity but also stemmed out to other subject areas. I think it is a possibility that Caedmon could be just a figment of Bede's imagination.

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  16. Attitudes to Wealth – RS Coursework

    his corn and thought to himself that he wouldn't be short of corn in the next couple of years so he was going to take life easy and eat, drink and be merry. Then God tells him he is a fool, which was a very harsh word to use then, God then took his life and proclaimed" "This is how it will be with anyone who stores things up for himself but is not rich towards God"" God did this to show the people that they shouldn't be selfish and not always think of themselves but also of others and of God.

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  17. The death of Jesus

    According to the gospel accounts, after the Sanhedrin found Jesus guilty of blasphemy, it committed him to the Roman court, having itself no power to pronounce the death sentence. Pilate then refused to approve the judgement without investigation. Pilate appeared to have been impressed with the dignity and frankness of Jesus' answers to his questions. Nevertheless, fear of an uprising in Jerusalem forced Pilate to accede to the demand of the populace, and Jesus was executed. Pilate was recalled to Rome in AD36.

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  18. Jesus Christ – An Overview

    Today, scholars generally agree that Jesus' existence is authenticated both by Christian writers and by a number of Roman and Jewish historians. I believe in Jesus and that he once lived, but I'm not sure if he was the Son of God, people have said he had powers to heal people and to make food appear. If he was a normal person he wouldn't have been able to do this, but when he was alive and when some people were doubting him he should have been able to prove he was the son of God, or maybe god should have proved it as Jesus was supposed to be his Son.

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  19. What can a study of St. Mark’s Gospel tell Christians about the nature of discipleship?

    Jesus said to Levi "Follow me" Mark2: 13-14, before Levi got up and followed him. Jesus went up a hill and called to himself the men he wanted. They came to him and he chose twelve, who he named apostles. There were some surprises in the group as Jesus chose ordinary people who were not religious to follow him. Not many people would have liked Levi, as he was a tax collector, and people thought he would take more money than they owed, as there was never ever records of money owed.

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  20. Jesus : Profile

    He has strong beliefs on many a subject. The first being racism. Jesus, as we can see in Luke's book, chapter 10, is happy to have a multi race society and believes people should be treated fairly, no matter the colour of the skin or their religion. Marriage, Jesus feels, is sacred and deserves respect. He feels marriages should not be broken, unless adultery is committed. He feels strongly on this issue and also believes marriage should be based on love. The thinking, leader also feels sex before marriage is wrong, as he goes back to the marriage the fact that marriage is sacred and having sex before marriage would be like sharing yourself and therefore like adultery.

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  21. Show examples of how Christians are persecuted today.

    Examples of what they could do because Jesus has done it (tried and tested method) and why he was persecuted. When Jesus was arrested and falsely accused "many testified against him, but their statements did not agree." He was found guilty despite the evidence. But there was no evidence against him they could not find any.

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  22. Does Holy Communion matter?

    As Roman Catholics we must remember we are actually receiving the body and blood of Jesus Christ. To celebrate our faith we must go to mass and want to receive the Eucharist it strengthens The union between God and His people. In receiving the Holly Communion we accept the responsibility to live the way Jesus did. Also the Eucharist gives us the strength to follow Christ it is a sign of Christian fellowship of all who believe in Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

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  23. Discuss discipleship and its many meanings.

    But he picked these people, as he wanted them to work together and communicate with each other: 'love your neighbour as you love yourself' (MK12: 31). Discipleship revolves around following Jesus both physically and spiritually. A disciple of Jesus would be expected to respond immediately to Jesus, love his neighbours, be willing to forgive sins, show generosity, accept persecution, and live their lives using gospel values in everything they do and say. The first disciples of Jesus were excepted to give up everything to be real followers of Jesus and this is illustrated in Marks gospel when he called on his disciples.

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  24. Has Christmas become over commercialised

    Many people, however, would argue that Christmas is unchanged from the days in which it was first practiced. One of the reasons for this belief is that many Christian families still practice the old Christian customs precisely. Many families still go to church on Christmas day, or advent, as congregation numbers greatly swell on the days surrounding Christmas. All churches and educational establishments have nativity scenes, carols, and Christmas decorations; these focus on the meaning of Christmas. A popular view is that Christmas developing to become modern. Business will always compete with each other for a consumer, and the consumer more likely to lavish children with goods, but the meaning of Christmas still survives.

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  25. A Healing Mirale : The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter.

    When Jesus said the girl was only sleeping, all of the people laughed at him. Jesus, turned the people out of the house except the parents and the three disciples. Then he turned to the girl and he told her get up immediately. The girl got up immediately. She got up; this showed that the parents had enough faith to believe in Jesus to bring back their daughter. The nature miracle I will choose to write about is The Calming of the Storm.

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