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Are We Under the Mosaic Law? The Beginning is the End Excerpt: Preface As this young millennium advances, so does secularism with its suspicion of Christians and Christianity.
Whereas Judeo-Christian values inarguably played an integral role in the founding and early life of America, the influence of those values are seemingly decreasing even as secular axioms take center stage.
This is not a book intended to lament that shift though I believe that shift is worthy of lament in many respectsnor to concede to it.
Neither does this book represent a call to arms for the reversing of secularization. Instead, this book is simply intended as a reminder, to Christian and non—Christian alike, of vital and diverse contributions that Biblical Christianity makes to any society.
For the Christian reader, I hope the book serves as a reminder of the societal responsibilities that accompany spiritual commitment, and for the non—Christian, as a reminder that Christians who cling to their Bibles need not be considered enemies or obstacles to be overcome.
Perhaps the skeptical reader will recall any number of evils historically accomplished in the name of Christianity. When all is said and done, empty religiosity will have been a catalyst for much destruction.
On the other hand, I suggest those same evils — oft justified as religious or grounded in religion — are in fact wholly inconsistent with and unjustified by Biblical Christianity.
I recently had opportunity to address a group of philosophers regarding the importance of presuppositions for considering ethics. In light of these important historical observations, I cannot advocate for Christianity in general as being advantageous to society, since the word has been often co—opted and redefined from its first use in Acts On the other hand, Biblical Christianity is something worth understanding and appreciating.
The Bible, however, offers a more narrow description. At that point in time the term disciple was used to describe those who had believed in Jesus Christ Christians, in this context, were identified by three distinctives. First, they understood that they had a new position in Christ. They had believed in Jesus, understanding what was proclaimed Second, they understood the importance of continual learning and remaining true to the Lord They showed an ongoing commitment to what Paul had earlier described as being transformed by the renewing of the mind Rom Third, they responded with action when confronted with the needs of others Acts But if we understand the term in the context as it is presented in Acts 11, we recognize it is not unspecific, but rather is very focused on three distinctives: It is this kind of Biblical Christianity that makes vital contributions to any society.
As Paul observes in Galatians 5: Further, if a person claims to follow Christ, that person ought to demonstrate these qualities in every area of life.
Nonetheless, followers of Biblical Christianity ought to contribute substantially and tangibly to the society around them, and should recognize they ought not seek an exit from the world though one will find them soon enoughbut instead they should show commitment in fulfilling the stewardships with which they have been entrusted.
They should do these things not first from loyalty to society, but from loyalty to God. Biblical Christianity does not allow for the isolation of spirituality from other areas of life, but rather makes everything a spiritual enterprise that is done in obedience to the Bible.
Consequently, the follower of Biblical Christianity should be committed to obedience in all areas, including those pertaining to society.The Restored Gospel and Applied Christianity: Student Essays in Honor of President David O.
McKay, Reviewer Steven C. Walker, This eighth volume in The Restored Gospel and Applied Christianity series is an even better read than its predecessors.
Descriptive essays evoke the senses and effectively depict an image that is vivid and moving in the mind of the reader.
Read More. Five Paragraph Essay Guide. A five paragraph essay covers the basics of writing: an introduction, three supporting paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. Professor Robertson has rendered a most valuable service in bringing together in this volume scattered magazine articles of Reinhold Niebuhr dealing with the function of the Church in modern society.5/5.
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The Restored Gospel and Applied Christianity: Student Essays in Honor of President David O. McKay, Reviewer Steven C. Walker, This eighth volume in The Restored Gospel and Applied Christianity series is an even better read than its predecessors.
essay on christianity. THE Being who has influenced in the most memorable manner the opinions and the fortunes of the human species, is Jesus Christ. At this day, his name is connected with the devotional feelings of two hundred millions of the race of man.