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  1. A person cannot be a christian if they do not attend church. Would a Christian agree or disagree?

    The church can also be seen by some as the house of God and a holy sanctuary and Christians believe that God always present. Regular attendance in Church is very important as Christians believe that The Church is not the building itself but the actual. A Christian may agree with this statement because it states in the bible that a Christians shouldn't be in isolation but together as a community. In Hebrew 10:25 it states 'Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another'.

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  2. Free essay

    the importance of the bible and church

    You must not be envious of your neighbour's goods. You shall not be envious of his house nor his wife, nor anything that belongs to your neighbour. The Ten commandments express moral duties in a minimal and most general form, thus allowing maximum freedom in the arrangement of one's life's affairs. They are aimed at setting those boundaries which, when transpassed, can damage family and community life. Our Lord Jesus Christ in His sermons often referred to the Ten commandments and explained their deep spiritual meaning.

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    It is covered with icons whose subject and placement is significant. It is called an iconostasis. Lectern: The stands at the front of church (as viewed by the congregation) are called the lectern. The word lectern comes from the Latin word meaning 'to read,' because the lectern primarily functions as a reading stand. The lectern leads congregation into prayer, in some churches, the positions of the pulpit and the lectern are reversed (that is, pulpit is on the right and the lectern is on the left.

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    In Free churches, the altar is replaced by a simple table for the communion service. Most churches have a lectern which stands at the front of the church as viewed by the congregation; it's primarily a reading and a bookstand upon which the bible is placed. It leads the congregation into prayer. The word lectern comes for the word "to read". Similarly, most churches have a pulpit which is where the preacher stands, to give a sermon. It is located at the front of the church and is a raised platform and therefore easily viewed by the congregation.

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    Methodist churches often have smaller altars than other denominations. The lectern is where the word of God is spoken and it can be in the shape of an eagle which symbolises the spreading of God's words. Orthodox churches are often built in the shape of a cross which represents the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. The large dome on the top of the church symbolises Christ's presence, eternity and the nearness of heaven. Inside, orthodox churches are often richly decorated with carvings that represent the life of Christ.

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    The altar which symbolises sacrifice, as it's where the bread and wine is consecrated into the body and blood of Jesus Christ who died on the cross to save the world from sin. The nave symbolizes the congregation as fish, as Jesus who said ''follow me and I will make you fishers of men'' when he fed the hungry. The pulpit is slightly raised making you look up, symbolising looking up to hear the word of god, it also often has an eagle on it symbolising the word of god being spread around the world.

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  7. Rloe and function of a mosque

    has said not to keep the dead for so long and try to bury them as quick as possible so they get their final destination's decision quickly. Mosque is also a place where Nikah Ceremony; Khutbah and dua etc takes place. Marriage (Nikah) is considered as an act of worship (Ibaadah) and a Sunnah of Prophet (S.A.W). 'By Allah! Among all of you I am the most God-fearing, and among you all, I am the supermost to save myself from the wrath of Allah, yet my state is that I observe prayer and sleep too.

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  8. the features of a mosque

    Also, if after entering the Masjid one makes the intention of Nafl Itikaaf then for the duration of Salah, Dhikr, Ibaadah and listening to a talk you can also receive the reward of Itikaaf for that duration of time. Today, the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, the Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina and Masjid Al Aqsa in Jerusalem are considered the three holiest and sacred Masjids in Islam. In England, we have purpose and non-purpose built Masjids. Non-purpose built Mosque was built in around 1960's when Muslims came to England, after the Second World War for work purposes.

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  9. Mosque coursework

    This specific mosque consists of several aspects: The first one, being a very important feature, its dome. This is because usually a mosque is recognised by the dome. In hot countries the dome allows the air to circulate. When the messenger of Allah built his mosque in Madinah-Al-Munawarah, its roof was made of the trunks of palm trees. This pattern continued for some time and the dome was yet to be introduced. The first dome to be built in Islam was the Dome of Rock. The dome signifies that god is omnipotent out of all space and time and that he is above all.

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  10. A place of Muslim worship

    The majority of the people disagree with the statement as they use a Hadeeth where the Prophet (pbuh) said that if it wasn't for the women and children in the homes, he would burn the houses of the men who didn't attend the mosque, to support their argument. Although this Hadeeth holds great importance, it does not say that it is compulsory to attend the mosque for the five daily prayers. What is compulsory is the actual praying and that can be done anywhere. However, some people say that this Hadeeth indicates that it is compulsory on the men to pray in the mosque.

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  11. The role and function of a Mosque

    Mosques have evolved from simple places of worship to places of knowledge while demonstrating the beautiful Islamic architectural masterpieces displaying the use of minarets and domes etc. in various different patterns. Mosques are used for many things. For example, they are used for centres of learning ranging from 5 year olds to 40 year olds who are there for the same purpose- to derive knowledge. There are even the odd classes for older women like sewing classes. The reason for these classes is to educate the non-Muslim and Muslim Ummah to grow and become better people.

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  12. What someone might find in a Christian Holy building

    There are many different types of Cross which the different churches use. Another object which can be found in all churches is a Font; in Church of England churches this is next to the entrance to represent the beginning of life. However each different type of church often has some things that are unique to that denomination. For example Church of England (CofE) and Roman Catholic churches are very similar and each of their churches are built in a Cruciform shape, with the top facing east, so that the sun always shines through the windows in morning services.

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  13. Alabaster Mosque, Cairo, Egypt.

    in Istanbul, and the construction began in 1830 A.D. It is built in the style of the Ottoman Mosques of Istanbul. It is square in plan, and measures 41x41 meter; it has a centralized dome measuring 21 meter in diameter and 52 meter in height, resting on four large arches supported by four massive piers. The two minarets at the back of the mosque are considered the highest minarets in Egypt, at 82 meters tall. From there, you can see most of Historical Cairo, and on a very clear day, you may be able to see Pyramids too.

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  14. RE Coursework Section C - Hinduism

    So home worship can be educational. As well as this, sometimes people just want to be alone. If having a bad day or stressed sometimes it would not help to be around people, worshipping at home would enable you to be alone in peace. Or to the contrary, you could include the whole family and worship together, making the family closer. Worshipping with the family is extremely important to Hinduism. This is because from birth young children are brought up with Hindu customs. Therefore worshipping with the family can benefit a child as it enables them to learn from their elders.

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    A02 RE Coursework - Churches

    They are used during lent in the special service called stations. The encyclopedia of Catholicism says of the Stations of the Cross, "its origins are ultimately traceable to pilgrims visiting various sites in Jerusalem associated with Christ's suffering and death". Statues and stained glass windows are usually arranged around the sides or in the chapels of the church. Their purpose is to remind worshippers of the important events in the life of Jesus, the church and the saints. They can be used in worship, for example the may procession with Mary's statue, or on saints feast days when theirs are used.

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    A01 RE coursework-Churches

    The next feature I saw was a statue of St. Edward the confessor. It was situated in the chapel at the back of the church. The statue shows St Edward sitting in a throne holding a church and was made of wood. The next feature I saw was the pieta. This was also at the back of the church and had votive candles below it. The Pieta was made of marble and was a replica of Michelangelo's Pieta at the Vatican. The next feature I saw was the Crucifix. It was behind the altar, made of wood and showed Jesus being crucified.

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  17. A03 RE Coursework - Churches

    There can be a lot of good reasons for people not going to church. They could be bed-ridden and unable to move from their homes or hospital. They could have to work shifts during church hours. If someone has a serious illness that prevents them from going to church, this doesn't make them a bad Christian. From Vatican II, "What the faithful have received...in the celebration of the Eucharist should have its effect on their way of life...everyone who has participated in the mass should be eager to do good works".

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  18. The storm-troopers of the counter reformation. Is this an accurate description of the Jesuits?

    be aroused from a new movement that was taking place in Europe at this time and was running parallel to the Counter Reformations. People were now questioning the actual practices and spiritual conditions of the actual Church itself. A new form of spiritual awakening was now emerging from these questions and many other practices were being performed. Mysticism and Piety were the forms of expression that had aroused as a result of the intellectual movements in this Renaissance era and they were hugely influential in the Catholic and Counter Reformations.

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  19. essential elements of 'Calvinism'

    Lastly, the use of French missionaries was a major element in Calvinism especially the spread of the movement across Europe. According to John Lotherington, "the Institutes was the single most important book written by any of the Protestant reformers". The Institutes experienced prolific development from just six chapters in 1536 to a restructured published edition in 1539 of nearly three times the length; this continued to flourish and reached eighty chapters by 1559. The fact that they developed so extensively in length shows that Calvin's views, and therefore the key ideas in his theology developed over time, according to Keith Randell; "his ideas changed and developed in the light of his experiences and further study".

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  20. Free essay

    R.E coursework on Worship

    This is where people go to pray for someone who is ill and has just died. On the right side is a red corner I has a statue of Jesus, it shows people why Jesus died for us. And why we should worship and respect him. Jesus called peter his rock and gave him the keys to heaven. Thats why st peters holds the keys in his hands The altar is a long table, with a white sheet placed over it to show a sign of purity. The altar is for sacrifice, offered up to god to show our appreciation and respect.

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  21. Ormskirk Parish Church - Question 1

    Orme, who was torn between each of his sisters' wills couldn't decide which to build and so he tried to please both of his sisters and built the church with both a tower and a spire. Although the legend of the two sisters is a nice story and part of Ormskirk folk lore, it is incorrect. There are two main reasons why the legend cannot be true: first, the legend states that both the tower and the spire were built at the same time, this is definitely not true because the the spire was originally built around 1430 along with the other two spires in it's family around the area, the other spires being at Halsall and Aughton.

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  22. Ormskirk Parish Church - Question 2

    The layout of the church (with the exception of the spire and tower) is typical in a sense that the nave is in the middle, the chancel at one end etc. The church was expanded however to accommodate a bigger congregation, you can see that the north and south aisles were built at a later date to the original nave. This is typical as many churches made similar attempts to expand to accommodate more people. Outside and nearby to the church is the graveyard while resembles a typical graveyard of a Middle Age Anglican church except that it is located on the west side of the church as opposed to the typical south

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  23. Ormskirk Parish Church - Question 3

    Sometimes when the stone is restored the restoration date might be engraved on it. This could be mistaken for the creation date. In this respect, due to the circumstances, primary sources for question 1 turn out to be unreliable and misleading, it would be unwise to use primary sources as evidence to support an answer to question 1. Secondary sources such as folk lore, documentation (ledgers) of the church and general information about Ormskirk (e.g. name suggests Scandinavian origin) are much more reliable.

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  24. R.s Roles of men and women

    Paul emphasized in his Letters to Timothy that women were not to have positions of authority over men. He even describes how they were to keep quiet in Church and wait to ask any questions of their husbands once they returned home. However, in his Letters to the Corinthian church, he describes how a woman was to be sure to cover her head whenever she led in prayer in Church. Many have interpreted Paul's descriptions of the role of men and women to place women in an extremely subservient position. However, for his day and time, it may have actually elevated the role of women.

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  25. Islamic Architecture

    He repeated the messages he received from Allah to scribes so that they could be written down. The Quran is composed of those messages, and are the religious scriptures of Islam. Allah's greatest creation was mankind, who has the capability to live with God in the afterlife if their lives on earth followed the Islamic teachings. These teachings state that a Muslim must follow the five pillars of Islam. The five pillars of Islam include: belief in Allah as the only supreme being, repeating the Islamic creed at least once in a lifetime with conviction, reciting the daily prayer five

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  • Choose two different Christian denominations - Select and explain the main features of their place of worship and compare and contrast the ways in which the features are used in worship.

    "By considering the arguments that have been made, I personally feel that there is no need for impressive structures for the use of worship. I believe that there is more need for long-term aid rather than short-term aid, still I see no need for such a large amount of money being used on just a building, but we could just have a small and not so impressive building. This leads me on to saying that there shouldn't be a lot of money spent on large and attractive buildings but there should still be a place of worship. This can be like in ordinary homes and community centres. Words: 409"

  • Critically evaluate the significance of Vatican II for the 21st Century Church

    "Conclusion The church must be the driving force to revitalise people in their work for social justice. It must use its position and authority to coax the clergy and laity into positive action ranging from voting to hands on work with the oppressed and needy. It must not expect the oppressed to change their lot in isolation but should encourage us to use our privileged position to put pressure on other countries and ideologies to address their needs. In an perverse way, the very capitalist power the first world wields, could be used to enforce a preferential treatment and whilst this smacks off social imperialism, the church should not shy away from acting as a moral guide for its followers. In this way Vatican II could revitalise the church to work for both social justice and spiritual salvation."

  • Compare and Contrast the sociological organizations of a cult, church and sect. Show how a cult can develop into a church.

    "As you can see while all considered forms of religion these three organizations are very different. They are all compromised of different people with different beliefs, which make them unique. However over the years we can see how the cult and the church are inexplicably linked together from example such as the formation of the Protestant faith and even Christianity as Jesus and his disciples could even have been considered a cult at the beginning."

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