Explain why the crucifixion and resurrection are so important to a Christian.

Explain why the crucifixion and resurrection are so important to a Christian. Christians believe that Jesus' death on the cross was no ordinary death. They explain the importance of his death by comparing it to a sacrifice. Jews sacrificed animals to God as a sign that they were sorry for their sins, and they received forgiveness in return. You could say that their sins were taken and put on the animal. In the same way Jesus was a sacrifice, only his death did not just take away the sins of a few people but the sins of the whole world. This means that Jesus was punished for all the things that people have done wrong so that they could receive forgiveness from God, we must all be eternally grateful for this. We are now put right with God by the sacrificial death of his son and we are now saved from God's anger!! We must also remember that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son and we must again be eternally grateful! Jesus died: .To save humans from the consequences of sin. 2.Because no-one else was willing or capable of paying the price for the sin of the whole world. 3.To restore humans to a right relationship with God. By Jesus' death on the cross God defeated all the powers of evil. ''And on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities; he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his

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The Death Penalty.

DEATH PENALTY (SPEECH) Crime is everywhere. In our neighborhood, in the neighboring state, wherever we look, we find criminals and crime. Criminals have become a part of our daily lives. Does this mean we let them be the darkness of our society? No, definitely not. Eliminating crime and criminals is our duty, and we cannot ignore it. Getting the rightly accused to a just punishment is very important. Some criminals commit a crime because they have no other option to survive, but some do it for fun. I do not advocate death penalty for everybody. A person, who stole bread from a grocery store, definitely does not deserve death penalty. However, a serial killer, who kills people for fun or for his personal gain, definitely deserves death penalty. Death penalty should continue in order to eliminate the garbage of our society. Not everybody deserves to die, but some people definitely do. I support death penalty because of several reasons. Firstly, I believe that death penalty serves as a deterrent and helps in reducing crime. Secondly, it is true that death penalty is irreversible, but it is hard to kill a wrongly convicted person due to the several chances given to the convicted to prove his innocence. Thirdly, death penalty assures safety of the society by eliminating these criminals. Finally, I believe in "the holly quran" - a life for a life. Deterrence means to punish

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The Ten Commandments clearly state,

The Ten Commandments clearly state, "thou shall not kill", and Christians believe that only God has the Divine Right to take away life. However, killing takes place all around the world, every second of the day, in a variety of forms, from abortion to cold blooded, calculated murder. To break this commandment is to commit a 'mortal sin'. The word mortal itself being derived from 'mortis' meaning death and such a serious sin results in the death of the life of Christ in which a person is baptised. Forgiveness therefore, in cases of deliberate murder is, understandably, an extremely difficult act. Particularly, if there is a direct personal involvement; a close friend, or relative of the victim. Society punishes murderers, and different countries vary in the type of punishment passed. Punishment for murderers is usually seen as retribution, or revenge, and wholly justified in the eyes of many sectors of society. Christians who follow Jesus' teachings and believe in the sacrament of penance would apply the process of this sacrament before forgiveness could take place. However, it is not perhaps as simple or easy as this appears. How can a murderer demonstrate that he/she has repented? Recent cases have highlighted this dilemma. The Moores murderer Maira Hindley, and several of her supporters, have campaigned for her release after many years in jail. This was

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An Eye For an Eye and the World Would Be Blind

AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND THE WORLD WOULD BE BLIND It is clearly stated in a bible, but "Love thy neighbor," does not account for anything in the minds of some human beings. A few months back, I was called in for Jury duty at the court of her Majesty on London. I was sitting in the main court, amid many other people, who were quite happy chattering away, not justifying the seriousness of this case. Then walked in a very thin looking man, he was accompanied by two brick built policemen. He walked to his seat and sat down, keeping his eyes down all the time. Then the judge came in and sat down. This man was put in court for supposedly murdering his wife. Within 3 hours of deliberation and protesting from the man, he was sentenced by the jury, to be hanged. On the day of the hanging, a very peculiar thing happened. Just and hour before the hanging, we were all called back into court. The police had found out that the unnamed man was innocent and they had found the real murderer, through the use of DNA detection. That man was then put to his horrid death. Now think about how close that innocent man came to death for a crime he did not even commit. If you were a hangman and you took hold of this information, could you live with yourself knowing you killed an innocent man? My point here is that in 4/10 cases of hanging, the victim is innocent or partly innocent. With these

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Why do Hunters Kill?

Why do Hunters Kill? It is my feeling that hunting is not a sport, inasmuch as a sport is most often perceived as an organized activity performed for the entertainment of the participants and/or onlookers. Hunting is something that goes much deeper than that. I've been asked several times why hunters kill, when we could just as easily stalk our prey with a camera or binoculars, just for the thrill of being up close with a deer, turkey, or other game animal. The answer is simple: without the kill, we're not hunting. The kill is the culmination of the hunt. We're not fishing here; there's no catch-and-release option, it's all or nothing. Yes, it's fulfilling just to be in the woods with the animals, and to get up-close-and-personal with them. Yes, it's a thrill to have a deer walk by at 25 yards, totally unaware of my presence. But the kill is what makes it hunting. I've got to quote a favorite statement here: We don't hunt to kill, we kill in order to have hunted. I'm not sure of the source of this quote, but it's right on. We hunt for the thrill of the chase, and the ecstatic peace that comes with being out there trying to beat a wild animal at his own game. When the chance finally comes, there is no doubt; we will kill. But, can't we just stroll down to the grocery store and pick out a nice roast, instead of killing the poor forest creatures? Yep. But why should we?

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Explain different Christian beliefs about life after death

Explain different Christian beliefs about life after death (33) The term "afterlife" is interpreted as "continuation of existence, typically spiritual and experiential, beyond this world after death". The concept of life after death is eschatological as the topic is related to the end of time. Many different religions have their own theories on what happens after death including the Christian idea of heaven and hell, or the Buddhist theory of rebirth, but atheists believe that at death one ceases to exist. There is no afterlife or eternal soul that continues in eternity. All there is to look forward to, is our inevitable death, the future death of mankind, and the universe. Trying to explain life after death is important to many people, typically for two reasons; a) It has a major influence on life now, especially on people's behaviour and actions within their everyday life; and b) it could provide proof on whether or not God exists, and which religion is right. The general Christian view on life after death is that human souls go on for eternity to a place of happiness or torment, heaven and hell respectively, and this is part of their faith. Most Christians believe the soul to be the immortal essence of a human, and that after death, the soul is either rewarded or punished i.e. judged. Whether this reward or punishment is contingent upon doing good deeds, or merely upon

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A Talk in Assembly - Tuesdays with Morrie.

A Talk in Assembly Title: Tuesdays with Morrie Author: Mitch Albom Good morning everyone. I am so pleased to be invited here to give you a talk, and I'm going to talk with you about a very important aspect in life, which all of us have to face one day, and it's death. In case you don't know, I had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a brutal, unforgiving illness of the neurological system, which is taking away my last precious days. There is not much time left for me. It's obvious that I'm going to die quite soon. It's been common that we are afraid of death. We don't want to believe it that we try to ignore it. But the fact is, we have to die. And it makes no difference even if we pretend that it's not going to happen. If we do believe in death, we would do things differently. This is a better approach - to know that you are going to die, and to be prepared for it anytime. We never know when the day will come. Everyday is a precious day, so treasure it. " Today is a gift, tomorrow is a mystery", so be glad to find yourself still alive every morning when you wake up. No one can guarantee what will happen after you fall asleep every night. That's what I do. Everyday, I ask myself, " Is today the day? Am I ready yet?" I am prepared and that's why I'm not in any sense afraid of dying. Knowing that we are going to die one day, we should try to live

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The Song of Solomon is a novel written by Toni Morrison (Chloe Anthony Wofford) in 1977.

Kevin Klein Great American Novels Ms. Schenck Song of Solomon The Song of Solomon is a novel written by Toni Morrison (Chloe Anthony Wofford) in 1977. It evolved from the grief she had over the death of her father. Ms. Morrison grew up in a time where there was noticeable hostility and racism towards black people. She learned early on that to be able to survive she had develop a strong personality. She wrote Song of Solomon as a warning to the young black men trying to survive in the "white world". Their downwards spiraling will lead to the death of their own spiritual and moral character. The people in Milkman's life helped to form his character and through life experiences, he was able to decide what kind of person he wanted to be. Macon Dead Jr. is Milkman's father who purpose in life is to gain as much money and material possessions as possible before he dies. He is a wealthy black business man and the husband of Ruth, Milkman's mother. Macon is an unfeeling, manipulative and dominating man. He thinks of Milkman as being another one of his possessions. Macon Dead Jr. is a wealthy business man. He wants his son to take over his business, in the future, but this is not in Milkman's plans. "You'll be free. Money is freedom, Macon. The only real freedom there is." Macon Jr. has not realized that his son is not about getting rich. Guitar Bains is Milkman's best friend

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jack the ripper

In this assignment I am going to describe why the police were unable to catch Jack the Ripper. I am going to use sources like the red coursework book and the casebook website to help me answer the question. When the police received the first report of the death of Polly Nichols, the police had no idea that they were dealing with a serial killer. So carried out 2 lines of enquiries that at the time seemed sensible, but led to false leads: ) They thought the murder was probably carried out by a local man who hated prostitutes. They also believed he or she was a local person because of the area was known for its lawlessness, and seemed unlikely that an 'outsider' would come to Whitechapel just to commit a crime such as a murder. And 2) They thought the murderer was probably a horse slaughterer or butcher, because of the injuries Polly Nichols, and later Annie Chapman, had received. As a result as these beliefs, the police arrested 3 horse slaughters who lived near Bucks Row, the place at which Polly Nichols was murdered. But these men had alibis and could prove that they were at work at the time of the murder. However this didn't stop the police force from believing the person responsible was a butcher of some kind. So carried on for many weeks following false leads. Inspector Frederick Abberline was put in charge of the investigation. He acted quickly as he knew

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"Christians Would Never Agree With Capital Punishment." Do You Agree?

"Christians Would Never Agree With Capital Punishment." Do You Agree? On one hand some would agree with this statement, as capital punishment goes against the commandment 'Do not commit murder'. Christians should follow this extremely important rule; surely killing a murderer makes the executioner a murderer as well? Jesus taught his followers about the concept of forgiveness, he told them to 'love your enemies'. If we kill people for their crimes, we are not giving them a chance to admit they have done wrong and repent. Jesus taught his followers the right way to pray, 'Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us.' Jesus also said in the Bible 'Turn the other cheek.' This clearly displays that fighting back or killing someone because they have committed a murder, is not the way we should go about things. Also if a criminal is later found that they are actually innocent, they can not be brought back from the dead. Sister Helen Préjean is a spiritual adviser who goes around to people on death row oferring them support and helping them realise that God has forgiven their sins and he will always be with them. Helen is strongly against capital punishment; she has witnessed several executions in her lifetime and believes that it solves nothing, except one less life. Like a lot of other Christians she believes that there are other ways of punishing

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