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  1. Was Jesus a Pacifist?

    Jesus says that the spirit of the Lord was upon him giving freedom to prisoners and releasing the oppressed. Many people say that this could hardly be called peaceful because people would object to that. Jesus had at least one Zealot as a disciple. Zealots were a group of people that had certain beliefs and wanted to have an outright war against the Romans to annihilate them. Also, nowhere in the gospel does Jesus say that all war is wrong and that you shouldn't fight.

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  2. Forgiveness and God's mercy to sinners is also of first importance to Luke.

    Luke's account of the crucifixion likewise includes statements of Jesus which reveal his fathomless love and mercy: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (23:34); "Truly I say to you, this day you will be with me in paradise" (23:43). Luke has written eloquently about the mercy of God, he has also written pointedly about those who think they have no need of God's mercy. The hungry are blessed because in their need they turn to their Father in heaven.

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  3. There are many beliefs for Christians at Advent and Christmas.

    Many Christians use the Advent calendar as a countdown to Christmas. The candle has the numbers 1 to 24 spaced equally from top to bottom. Each day during Advent the candle is burnt down to the following number. Some Christians have a Bible reading and/or a prayer to accompany the candle each time it is lit. The Advent calendar is also sometimes used as a countdown to Christmas. It is usually made of card with 24 numbered windows on the front. Usually for children behind the window is a small piece of chocolate or treat so the child can look forward to the next day.

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  4. Discipleship - A disciple is a follower or adherent supporter of a leader or teacher.

    Jesus had never promised that life, as a disciple would be easy. After he had spoken about his suffering and death, he said: 'If anyone wants to follow me, he must forget self, carry his cross, and follow me.' (Mk 8: 34) Any follower of Jesus would probably suffer just like Jesus. 'For whoever wants to save his own life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.' (Mk 8: 35) When Peter saw the suffering of Jesus, his faith in Jesus failed him, and he disproved of any association with him.

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  5. The meaning of discipleship.

    A little further on he saw the Sons of Zebedee, James and John, he called them also. In both cases the fishermen immediately and unquestioningly abandoned what they were doing and followed Jesus.This shows that the disciples had the ability to make a big sacrifice. They were able to leave their homes, jobs, families and obligations. This showed courage, trust and faith in Jesus, who at this time was no more than a stranger, it also displayed that they were prepared to face the unknown with bravery and courage. Another passage which is relevant is 'Jesus calls Levi' (2: 13-17).

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  6. Holy communion.

    Even to Christians the significance of the bread and wine still remain puzzling, because throughout history in all the various Churches attempts have been made to explain what happens to the bread and wine when Jesus blesses them. Now after the meal and the breaking of the bread and wine, when Christians meet they believe that Jesus is present among them, but not only in the bread and wine. When consuming the bread Christians feel it is important to use unleavened bread as that is what Jesus would have eaten and by eating the unleavened bread and wafers they believe that they are following the example of Jesus.

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  7. Explain what Christians believe about Justice and forgiveness.

    He spoke and taught against discrimination e.g. the parable of the Good Samaritan. We hear about the parable of the Good Samaritan from Jesus when an expert of the law stood up to test Jesus. He wanted to know what he must do to inherit eternal life, Jesus only replied 'What is written in the law', the man questioned once again with 'How do you read it?' Jesus responded 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' However the expert of the law wanting to justify himself asked 'and who is my neighbour?'

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  8. Autobiography - It was a cold morning on Christmas Day. I woke up to the sound of rain pattering on the conservatory roof.

    He was he most gorgeous colour of gold I have ever seen, especially for a rabbit, and also was the friendliest when you went over o the cage. I made my mum and dad take me on every spare day I had, just to make sure they knew I really wanted him! Anyway Christmas Day came and in the special moment when you realise you have presents waiting for you downstairs, the first thought that crossed my mind was the rabbit.

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  9. "Describing Jesus as the Son of God is Unnecessarily Difficult for People today". Should this Title be dropped?

    be dropped or not? I will tell you both sides of the argument and the different views. Many people think the title should be dropped because there are already many titles to describe the Christ, Messiah, Lord of the Sabbath, Son of Man and so on. They think there are to many titles and this gets too confusing, so there should be fewer titles to lessen confusion. Also the point that Jesus is the Son of God cannot be proven because there is not enough evidence to say that Jesus is or isn't the Son of God.

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  10. Whispers About the Witnesses.

    They preach and teach the word of God and his promised heavenly Kingdom Government , just as Jesus taught while he was on earth, which will replace all existing human governments. That the salvation of man is secondary to the vindication of God as the rightfull Sovereign. That suffering and death and wicked people exist because God endowed us all with free will. The rightfulness of Jehovah's rule was challenged in Eden. God could have destroyed the rebels but the issues raised were moral ones, and they have to be settled.

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  11. This essay is about how Christians celebrate religious festivals and why they continue to celebrate these today.

    Whitsun/Pentecost occurs 10 days later to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit onto the apostles. Most festivals' dates are static, for example Christmas (December 25th) and Epiphany (January 6th). Saints days always remain on the same day, e.g. Saint Patrick's (March 17th). The Easter Cycle moves according to the moon, with Easter Day falling on the first full moon after March 21st. This movement directly effects the Whitsun Cycle. Because Ascension and Pentecost have to be 40 and 50 days after Easter Day respectively.

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  12. Explain what Christians believe about the death of Jesus and life after death.

    Jesus was then arrested in Gethsemane and put before the council. "They could not find any," evidence against Jesus. Jesus then said that he was the Son of the Blessed God and this gave the high priest evidence that he was blaspheming and Jesus was sentenced to death and mocked. Jesus was put on a cross, with a crown of thorns on his head and nails in his hands and feet attaching him to the cross. It was part of a complete humiliation and his suffering was physical as well as mental showing that he was human in ways.

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  13. What do Christians mean When they say Jesus is The Son Of God?

    He shows his authority in the healing of the 'Paralysed man' (Mark 2:1-12). 'When curing the paralysed man He says to the man 'your sins are forgiven' (Mark 2:5) this was questioned by the Scribes, they were thinking 'is this not blasphemy.'' So this passage shows Jesus' authority from God to use on the earth. 'There are four other points that Christians also believe they believe the Son of God will return to judge humans at the end of time and that he is seated at the right hand of the father' (Mark a Gospel for Today).

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  14. The disciples were followers of Jesus; they learned from him and preached the word of God. They tried to be as God like as they possibly could and did many good things.

    People found Jesus` choice of followers unusual for they were just ordinary people. When I say ordinary I mean that they weren't rich or well respected within the society nor did they have any proper knowledge or views on religion, but what people didn't realise was that there was a reason for this. The reason Jesus picked ordinary people was because he was trying to prove a point to others about equality within Gods eyes and that point was that you didn't have to be rich, religious or well respected within society to be a part of Gods community for in Gods eyes no matter who you are of what you do everyone is special.

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  15. Explain what Christians Believe about... 1. The death of Jesus 2. Life after death

    They were given free will, so they had a choice to sin; this separated them from God. Jesus atone them by dying. This means that he restored their relationship with God. Jesus was a sacrifice. God sacrificed his son to save them from sin. Again, this tells them that Jesus was sent to die. Jesus substituted with them. He swapped places with them so they were free of sin. This means that their death was given to Jesus, so they could have eternal life, Jesus stood in for them. Jesus redeemed them from their sins; they became free again.

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  16. "What can the world offer apart from Jesus' call to discipleship, taking up your cross".

    These are shown in Marks gospel (Mk6; 7-13) Jesus told them how to behave and asked them to be modest and humble. They were not to carry extra belongings or ask for any money. "Don't take anything with you on your journey except a stick - no bread, no beggars bag......... Wherever you are welcomed stay in the same house until you leave that place." They were also told to give the message only to those that wanted to hear it. "If you come to a town where people do not welcome you or will not listen to you, leave it and shake the dust off your feet."

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  17. Describe the scene and emotions at the crucifixion of Christ as a witness.

    They cheered on, as if at an auditorium waiting for fiery chariots to roll out. Crucify him! Crucify him! The unmerciful cries were distinct and loud. The deception and betrayal rung out clear in the uprising of the gathering attending the final showdown. Jesus bowed his head as if in penance, as if honouring God before and above him, as if leaning for support. The hurtful, almost triumphant crowd gaped on, amazed at the sight, the reduction of a man to the most worthless and pathetic state, stripped of his humanity, his dignity, and his life. It was in ways slightly pitiful and deep down I felt a rising in my stomach, something that questioned my actions, my command of the spear in my hand and my fellow centurions in command.

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  18. Explain what a study of Marks gospel can tell Christians about the nature of Dicipleship.

    Jesus didnot choose the richest or the most powerful. He first chose two sets of brothers James and John , Simon and Andrew. They were all fishermen, they were all ordinary people. Jesus also chose Levi , he was a tax collector even tough he was hated in his community, Jesus still chose him. Jesus was a man that rather included than excluded no matter if you were an outcast. Jesus called to the men in a polite way he told them: 'come with me and I will teach you to catch people'(MK1:16-20)

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  19. Titles of Jesus the son of God.

    The baptism of Jesus * * The Baptism is the start of Jesus' life as the Messiah. At His baptism He felt the presence of God, His Father and He was given the power of the Holy Spirit. * * The symbolism of the dove is important. A dove represents gentleness and peace and shows that Jesus, as well as receiving colossal power from the Holy Spirit, would also show and give gentleness and peace. * * The voice speaking directly to Jesus was God's voice. Mark does not mention God by name out of respect for God.

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  20. The nature of dicsipleship.

    Another example of faith would be the story of the mustard seed. Mark 4:31-32 "A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest in the world, and plants it in the ground. After a while it grows up and becomes the biggest of all plants. It puts out such large branches that the birds come and make their nests in its shade." The mustard seed is the smallest seed on the earth. and with enough nutrients, it becomes one of the most amazing plants ever.

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  21. Explain what Christians mean when they refer to Jesus as Lord.

    Jesus also had many fantastic powers in his life on earth with us and was able to show them to his followers and all the disciples. Some Christians think that Jesus was empowered by God and God's powers were given to Jesus through their love for one another. Jesus' powers were very special as he had power over evil, over nature, over death and he also had a remarkable healing power. Jesus has been referred to in the Gospels as a man who had power over nature, which is told to us in "The Calming of the Storm".

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  22. A disciple means a follower. In Mark's gospel there is reference to the disciples of the Pharisees (2:19) and the followers of John the Baptist were known as disciples.

    This shows that former lifestyles were no longer relevant - everyone was accepted in the Kingdom of God. 'As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ''Come follow me," Jesus said "and I will make you fishers of men.'' At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone on a little farther , he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired and followed him.'(Mk1:16-20)

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  23. The Birth of Jesus.

    The gospels were written by people who knew Jesus and as more of his close disciples and friends died, it was important to write things down- hence the gospels came about. The word gospel means 'good news', or 'god news', and the gospels tell Christians the news about Jesus, both 'good' and 'god'. The four gospels were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and they are found in the New Testament of the Bible.

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  24. 'Explain The Meaning Of Discipleship For The First Disciples And Christians Today'.

    For the first disciples, it would have been like giving up their old lives, having to leave their families and belongings behind, to start a new life together with Jesus. To me it seemed a very difficult decision, which I myself would have taken a lot of thought over. The future was unforeseen and not clear, so it was a large risk to take, although they readily responded. This gives us the impression that they had great faith in Jesus and were very courageous men - instantly we see true discipleship from their part.

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  25. According to mark why did various different groups want Jesus dead?

    Could it have been the vicious disbelief of Jesus in contrast with of the will power of Jesus, which led to people, wanting him dead? Marks gospel indicated various situations, which could have fired this apparent hatred of Jesus by others. It seems there are various reasons to why Jesus was so despised but I believe it resolves around Jesus' way of thinking. It was new and completely honest, it challenged the old fundamental views and actions and it allowed people to open their eyes and truly see.

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