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  1. 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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  2. "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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  3. A01 : Explain what a study of St. Mark's Gospel can tell Christians about the nature of discipleship

    Jesus was trying to show that the type of person he wants as a disciple is a "normal" person. He wanted those who have made mistakes, and who have done wrong but are willing to accept it. Jesus has done things similar to this such as curing outcasts and forgiving sinners (Zacaheaus) this caused more criticism and opposition but Jesus didn't care because we should not be afraid to show our beliefs and our faith, see (C2 :V17) "I have not come to call respect, other people, but outcasts .

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Peter's Declaration about Jesus You are the Christ of God'. What led Peter to make this statement? How did Jesus reply and go on to say about discipleship? (10 marks)[Luke 9:18-27]

    Jesus then gave them strict orders not to tell anyone what he was about to tell them. He wanted to avoid rebellion against the Romans and so did not declare openly that he was the Messiah. He also told them that the son of man must suffer and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law. He will be put to death but 3 days later he will be raised to life. Jesus uses the title "Son of Man" for him, which means that he is a future figure who will come and judge people and will die to save people from their sins as he will be a Suffering Servant.

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  7. Explain The Significance Of Jesus's Birth

    We can see that there is great priority surrounding the well being of this child, the young mother is being explained the circumstances in which she finds herself by God's angel(as are the holy family warned several more times throughout this story). Luke explains the shock Mary feels when informed of her pregnancy despite her being a virgin. However Mary is faithful enough that she takes it in her stride and replies that God's will be done. Immanuel is the name she is told to give to her child, this means God is with us.

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  8. 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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  9. Describe the Teaching and Attidude of Jesus to Outcasts

    However Jesus did not turn away from people outcast from society. He enabled them to be accepted back into Jewish worship; he showed compassion for those in need. Jesus sometimes even told "Unclean" people that their sins were forgiven, which made him very unpopular. (For example, when Jesus healed a paralytic, and declared that his sins had been forgiven in Luke 5:17) To say that he had the power to forgive sins was blasphemy, as the Pharisees asked, "Who can forgive sins but God alone?"

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  10. The Story of Christmas and the Christ Child

    This celebration was probably influenced by pagan (non-Christian) festivals held at that time. The ancient Romans held mid-winter celebrations to honour Saturn, their harvest god; and Mithras, the god of light. Various peoples in northern Europe held festivals in mid-December to celebrate the end of the harvest season. As part of all these celebrations, the people prepared special foods, decorated their homes with greenery, and joined in singing and gift giving. These customs gradually became part of the Christmas celebration. In the late 300's, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

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  11. Personal Account. A relationship that has changed me

    I cannot ever remember a time in my life when Marianna was not my older sister; I was born when she was two and a half years old so she is a part of nearly all my childhood memories. When we were younger, we did not have the good relationship we have now. As babies, we used to fight a lot and arguing about childish things. For example, which of the two was taller and which of the two had more small cars to play with.

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  12. Jesus and Martin Luther King

    The most important teachings were the Sermon on the Mount. It was called the Sermon on the Mount because Jesus was on top of a hill while preaching to people. Christians today believe that when they read the Sermon on the Mount, it tells then how to be a true Christian. The sermon tried to teach Christians that life would be much better if they could change the way they thought, felt and ached. Christians believe that if everyone tried to be like Jesus then the world would be a great place to live in.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. "Attending the service of Holy Communion is the most important

    Do this for the remembrance of me. Therefore Holy Communion is the body and blood of Jesus Christ given with bread and wine, instituted by Jesus himself for us to eat and drink. Bread and wine is symbolic today in the 21st century because it has been carried on from two thousand years ago when the last supper took place. Though is nearly 2,000 years ago when Jesus commanded that Christians should eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of him.

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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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  17. 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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  18. R E revision notes Mark's gospel is about good news. The good news is about Jesus. Jesus is the Christ, the promised messiah

    * Jews believe that their God is the one true God. * God made a covenant with the Jews. * A covenant is an agreement that is sacred and binding. * Sadducees were a party of priests at the temple in Jerusalem. * The Pharisees believed in the Law of Moses and they live by it. ***** * The Sanhedrin was the religious council of the Jews. * Son of David: title for messiah-descendant of King David-great leader to be. * Son of God: title given to Jesus - emphasises that he always existed even before he was born. * Son of Man: a heavenly being with special authority from God.

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  19. 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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  20. This essay will describe the last week of Jesus' life which ended in his death

    The chief priests heard this and began to think of a way to kill him for they were jealous and feared his authority of teaching. On Tuesday Jesus was questioned by the Pharisees and Sadducees. They asked him ''By what authority are you doing these things? And who gave you authority to do this?'' (MK11:28-29). Jesus knew they were trying to trap him but he replied ''Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

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  21. 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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  22. '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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  23. Spoken Coursework It must be remembered that it is the beginning of the busiest time of year in the retail industry and we all should be glad it's

    I would say to you the Xmas temps, as I have said to my full time workers "We have everything to offer, jumpers, jackets, skirts and, accessories!" This should never be forgotten even at difficult times and repeat it in your head if you have a memory problem. We have in front of us an ordeal of the most stressful kind. We have before us long days of struggling and hard work, yes for a change you really will be working for your money.

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  24. Discipleship in the New Testament is used to describe the followers of Jesus especially the twelve. Discipleship revolves around following Jesus both physically and spiritually. Both the first disciples and Christians today

    He went a little farther on and saw two other brothers James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat getting their nets ready. As soon as Jesus saw them, he called them; they left their father Zebedee in the boat and went with Jesus. This shows us how they gave up everything just to follow a man they didn't even know at this stage, this is in other words Jesus telling us how we should drop our "nets" and leave all our worthy possessions behind to live a life in the eyes of Jesus, a life of sacrifice for others, even if that means leaving your friends, family and property behind.

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  25. Discipleship Coursework A disciple is someone who spreads and teaches the word of God. You would do it for the love of God and

    Also others such as the tax collector among the disciples learnt from his mistakes in his life before Jesus. The should also share in his preaching and healings ministries as they should be able to do the works of God through them and so that the message is still delivered after Jesus has passed and so his work can be finished. They also must take the Gospel to the World to show people how to live and what is right.

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