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Biblical Mysteries

Words: 2451 Length: 8 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 22562699

Introduction
Western scholars came up with the term mysticism to describe a special religious phenomenological concept. The term is general utilized today based on a very broad assumption that things found in every religion e.g. the rituals, the practices, the goals, and the experiences are also found in other religions and outside the domain of religion (Keller, 1978; Katz, 1978). The concept of mysticism has fascinated generations. It is a concept that has gathered a lot of attention especially in the modern day world with the increasing influence of eastern religions and the New Age Movement. It has blurred the lines between general mystical experiences and experiences with the true Living God. Nowadays, some experiences of consciousness are regarded as authentic spiritual experiences (Florovsky, 1972). This research proposal is thus an investigation of biblical mysticism and major biblical mysteries found in the Christian bible and how the mysteries found in the…… [Read More]

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The Wedding Banquet Parable in Luke and Matthew

Words: 717 Length: 2 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 52277399

Parables constitute a large portion of Jesus’s ministry. The parables of Jesus are allegorical, meaning they contain rich, complex, and multi-layered symbolism. The Bible’s enduring nature is partly attributed to the medium of the parable as a primary means of delivering universal truths. Parables involve human characters making important and challenging moral choices. Fables can be equally as constructive in relaying moral messages, but fables frequently feature anthropomorphized animal protagonists. The messages of parables are often grander and more spiritually meaningful than those delivered in fables, particularly true with the Biblical parables. A fable can deliver raw commentary about human nature, but a parable takes that commentary a step further with the allegorical message. One of the reasons parables became instrumental in Jesus’s ministry is that symbolic storytelling of this type would have been as ubiquitous as social media is today. Parables were simply one of the best and most…… [Read More]

References

Boring, M.E. (2006). Mark: A Commentary. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.
Donohue, J.R. (1988). The Gospel in Parable.
Maloney, L.M. (2012). Jesus of Nazareth. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.


 
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The First Epistle of John

Words: 4271 Length: 14 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 39027303

Main Idea and Outline
1 John 5:13-21: John concludes his letter with a few parting thoughts on the faith of the believers and the confidence they should have in God, as well as encouragement to avoid sin and idolatry, pray for sinners, and flee the world, which is ruled by the devil, and be a true Son of Jesus Christ.
I. John describes why he wrote the epistle (v. 13)
II. John explains why his audience should have faith (vv. 14-15)
III. John urges his audience to pray for sinners that they might convert and identifies a difference between two types of sin (vv. 16-19)
a. the Sin that leads to Death (v. 16)
b. the Sin that does not lead to Death (v. 17)
c. John also alludes to life of grace that exists in the soul when one is faithful to God (vv. 18-19)
IV. John concludes with…… [Read More]

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Old Testament

Words: 3258 Length: 11 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 49364755

Summarizing
The Journey through the Old Testament is a re-telling of the Books of the Old Testament from the standpoint of character. Instead of plot serving as the device that moves the story along, each chapter focuses on a specific character in the Old Testament and uses selections from Scripture to flesh out that character’s arc in one chapter. For instance, chapter one focuses on Lucifer, which is fitting since he is the fallen angel who serves as the ultimate antagonist of God and man. The second chapter focuses on Adam, the third on Cain, and so on, all the way down through the major figures of the Old Testament, the prophets, and the point at which the Old Testament itself comes to a close and the people of Israel await the coming of the Messiah.
The main point of the book is that “certain people make history”[footnoteRef:2] and so…… [Read More]

Bibliography
Aquinas, Thomas. \\\\"Faith, Reason and Theology.\\\\" (1987).
Baker, David L. \\\\"Typology and the Christian use of the Old Testament.\\\\" Scottish Journal of Theology 29, no. 2 (1976): 137-157.
Barton, John. Reading the Old Testament: Method in biblical study. Westminster John Knox Press, 1996.
Becker, Joachim, David Green, and David Green. Messianic expectation in the Old Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980.
Bellis, Alice Ogden. Helpmates, harlots, and heroes: Women\\\\'s stories in the Hebrew Bible. Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.
Klink III, Edward W., and Darian R. Lockett. Understanding biblical theology: A comparison of theory and practice. Zondervan, 2012.
O\\\\'Brien, Stephen M. God and the devil are fighting: The scandal of evil in Dostoyevsky and Camus. City University of New York, 2008.
Pype, Katrien. \\\\"Dancing for God or the Devil: Pentecostal discourse on popular dance in Kinshasa.\\\\" Journal of Religion in Africa 36, no. 3 (2006): 296-318.
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Millennials and Book of Proverbs

Words: 1148 Length: 4 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 25183453

1. How do the Millennials measure up to the Book of Proverbs? Be sure to cite specific examples (about 3 examples).
Millennials were raised differently from their parents and grandparents, leading to totally different worldviews and concepts throughout the entire generation. While it is unfair to generalize about an entire generation, the trends and social norms did lead to completely different attitudes and outlooks. The Book of Proverbs provides what can be considered universal wisdom. When compared to the principles outlined in the Book of Proverbs, millennials do seem to have diverged somewhat, which could create conflicts in their professional and interpersonal relationships. The three most important examples of how millennials measure up to the Book of Proverbs include their attitudes towards authority versus wisdom, their self-concept, and their sense of self-righteousness.
According to the 60 Minutes segment, millennials have difficulty respecting and trusting people who are thirty years of…… [Read More]