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Department
Religious Studies
Course
RS 232
Professor
Stefan Idziak
Semester
Fall

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CHRISTIANITYJESUS IN THE GOSPELSMOSAIC COMPOSITE PORTRAIT OF JESUSMosaic small glass tiles melted together Composite Portrait of Jesus Jesus is like mosaic We dont know who he is All religions have interpretations about him and we have joined every piece to have a composite picture of jesusTHE TWO COMMANDMENTSChristianity offers 2 commandments having to do with LoveLOVE FOR GODWe should focus on repenting and loving one another and loving GodTo be Christian one must have faith in the existence of GodOne shows their faith through conduct and affirmation of doctrineTo give thanks to God for sacrificing His only son so that our sins can be forgivenWe love God because He is our creator but also for saving us from our sins for all eternityLOVE FOR ONES NEIGHBOURJesus places emphasis on forgiveness more than any other religionJesus commands that we forgive and accept our enemies as well as our friendsSPIRITUAL VS POLITICAL KINGDOMSpiritualThrough traditional Christian events we are able to bond with our families and friends and build a communityWe are able to rejoice about the good news together and celebrate our love for GodForgiveness atonement and loving othersPolitical Christianity has to face the nonspiritual elements used at present day on a worldwide scale of their traditional eventsBut they must also face pluralism today as wellWith todays multicultural world people of all ethnicities may believe in more than one element of more than one religion Christians must recognize this as todays reality and accept itHistorically and possibly currently Christians accused individuals of other religions of their denial of the existence of JesusChristians accused other religions of simply being a part of the Christian religion if only they acknowledged JesusThis is not very Christian of them if they did not accept and respect the differences of other religionsEARLY CHRISTIAN BELIEF AND HISTORYMISSIONARY COMPONENTChristianity is one of the worlds greatest missionary religions travelling around talking to people and getting them to joinConcerned about other humansStarted as a Jewish sect and grew to a Christian movementJudaism not a missionary religion do not go out to convert PENTECOSTMarks the emergence of the Church as a missionary movement with a message for all peopleOccurs on the 50th day after Easter commemorating the day when Jesus followers experienced the Holy Spirit and the ability to preach and be understood in different languages On this day the descendents sat together and decided what to do after Jesus death They knew many languages so they went out and shared the good newsMarks the Jewish festival Shavouth the Feast of WeeksALL ROADS LEAD TO PAULPrincipal figure to shape the direction of the early church master coordinator of ChristianityHe was a Pharisee from the Diaspora from the Jewish community in TarsusHe wrote letters liturgical blessings and questions of theology before the gospels were writtenJEWISH AND GENTILE CHRISTIANITYPaul had a vision of the post resurrection JesusPaul refers to himself as the apostle of the gentiles nonJew In order to follow Jesus NO circumcision and dietary laws neededHe says that salvation is obtained through faith of Jesus as the Messiah or ChristThis frees people of bondage of the Law of MosesCHRIST AS REDEEMER from sin and death not hellPaul states that people are not saved through morally correct action but through trusting faith Liberation of humans sinful nature as human beings are inherently selfwilled and sinful is what God intended by sending Jesus to die a selfsacrificing deathFrom Pauls context we accept Jesus as a Redeemer from sin Sin leads to death so there is a connection between the two Accepting Jesus as our redeemer we get life THE STRUCTURE OF THE NEW TESTAMENTText pp 203213PERSPECTIVES ON THE CHRISTIAN BIBLEChristian literature demonstrates the existence of a community of faith that preached the message of Jesus as the risen LordEach gospel in the New Testament comes from an author with a particular interpretation and an intended readershipINERRANCY Perspective that the bible does not contain error infallibleTranslated without error HowThe bible is believed to be of divine revelation transformation from divineLITERALISMAccepting each incident and speech as actually occurringStories not just metaphors for lifeIf were puts truth of religion into questionIf doubt it maybe doubting authority of religion fundamental perspective
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