Theology 104 Reflection Paper
1245 WordsJun 9th, 20115 Pages
May 4, 2011
Did Jesus claim to be God? If a person is a Christian, does it matter how they live their life? What can your local Church do to better communicate God’s love to your community? These are just three of many questions when it comes to being a Christian living in the world we live today.
Section 1: Did Jesus Claim to be God?
Jesus is never recorded in the Bible as saying the precise words, “I am God.” That does not mean, however, that He did not proclaim that He is God. Take for example Jesus’ words in (John 10:30), “I and the Father are one.” We need only to look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement to know He was claiming to be God. They tried to stone Him for this very reason.…show more content…
The word of God is emphatic on the subject (for example, Galatians 2:16-17; Romans 4:1-16). No matter what a disciple does, no matter how good he or she may seem to be, they are still a sinner, and worthy of death. The reward of God is not something to be earned by doing good. Instead, God’s reward is his gift for those who simply believe him, and what he has promised. This faith, the belief that what God says, he really means, is part of the motivating force for real disciples of Jesus. They know that the Bible has not set a standard of conduct as a means to obtaining a reward. Instead, there is an assurance that God deems those that trust in him and his promises as righteous. Their conduct is provoked by love and dependence on God, rather than by rules.
The morality of Christians is patterned on that of God and Jesus Christ. God’s character, as shown by his message in the Bible, and by the life of Jesus Christ, establishes what Christians use as a model for their lives. For example, God is faithful. He makes promises and keeps them. He does not abandon those who love him. He stands by those who are in trouble. God promised that the nation of Israel would never be destroyed, but other nations by contrast would disappear. He has been true to this promise as well as others.
A committed disciple knows this characteristic of God, and tries to be the same. He or she is faithful too. Promises that are made are kept, even if it is
REFLECTION PAPER 2 Introduction Developing Christian character means applying the principles and teachings of Christ to your everyday life. The principles that I’ve learned throughout the course so far has taught me what it means to be a Christian and helped with my character development. Part of that character development means that an individual has encountered the one and true living God and he has brought them more into his likeness. In Genesis 1:26, God said “let us create man in our own image and likeness”. As a Christian, one develops the character of Christ when they associate themselves with God’s image. God also created man to worship Him. According to Sigmund Freud, “since man needs security, has deep seated fears, and lives in a threatening world that feels out of his control, we turn to God who represents our confidence in the fears of the world.” God is the only one that needs to be worshiped and the principles that I’ve learned throughout the course has helped me understand why it’s important to worship God. Psalms 95:6-7, states “come, let us worship and bow down as we worship our maker for He is our God and we are the sheep of His hands”. This essay will cover two topics about character development and worshiping God in the Christian context. Character Development (Part one)