The Bible. Thematic Introductions


Essay, 2016
9 Pages, Grade: 2.2

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1) ENCOUNTERING GOD: ACTS 9:1-9
INTRODUCTION

2) HUMANITY: GENESIS 2:4-6
INTRODUCTION

3) GOING THE EXTRA MILE: LUKE 10:25-37
INTRODUCTION

4) WOMEN AND EQUALITY: JOHN 8:2-11
INTRODUCTION

5) ABRAHAM’S HOSPITALITY: HEBREWS 13:1-2
INTRODUCTION

6) ABRAHAM’S JOURNEY: HEBREWS 11:8-16
INTRODUCTION

7) CLOTHING AND MODESTY: 1TIMOTHY 2:8-10
INTRODUCTION

8) REFUGEES: MATTHEW 25:34-40
INTRODUCTION
REFERENCES

1) ENCOUNTERING GOD: ACTS 9:1-9

INTRODUCTION

In many faiths there are people who hold so ardent to the tenets of their respective religions. Sometimes this zeal to protect and uphold what is “ours” may make people not to see anything good from the “others”. As a result, there may be confrontations or the desire to suppress what is not yet understood.

How does God call people in our various religions? Do religions encounter God the in same way? Saul was a former pupil to Gamaliel who was noted to have insisted that Christ and His work be left for God’s judgment. The story of his great conversion to Jesus presents a wonderful personal and witnessed encounter which Saul had with Jesus on his way to Damascus. Burning with the anxiety to persecute the disciples, Saul acts in accordance with the Jewish Temple legal system to bind and bring believers to Jerusalem for inquisition. This inquisition often demanded that anyone trying to blaspheme be threatened to stop before the one could be executed as a religious apostate if he/she continued. Saul had watched over the stoning of Stephen and seeing the mission work of the other disciples still going on, Saul burned with fury. For him, there must be a stop to the spread of such false teaching, even if it meant a religious war. He knew he was doing what was right before God for that was how he felt and understood service to God.

Granted full permission to arrest or scare the people of the Way, Saul sets out and led his “troop” for Damascus. But he was finally led into Damascus by his troop. He came in contact with the other side of the coin and this was the fact that the Jesus whose disciples he persecuted was alive and not just some messianic pretender. He was made to understand what he thought he hated so much when he encountered the very Lord in a theophany. The epiphany encounter affected Saul both physically and spiritually. He cannot eat and he is blind to signify his former state so that he could see again as a sign of his new regeneration. Thus, there is no universal way of conversion as some have thought. God finds people in variety of ways and in different places and at different times. The encounter with God may differ by faiths and each faith may have a specific way by which they encounter God. Paul encountered Christ before he encountered full Christianity in later years when he too began to face the same persecutions he had led.

2) HUMANITY: GENESIS 2:4-6

INTRODUCTION

All of humanity is created by God irrespective of race, color, height or faith and worldview. Man was created as a dynamic force to continue the development of the world. To this same God all humanity owe obedience and worship. The various ways of giving back to God this worship may differ as a result of human effort to reason differently, but all the allegiances are for God alone. Using the text of Genesis 2:4-6 this paper looks at the creation of man at the beginning and how God allowed some privileges that were later abused for human’s selfish aims. At creation, the human identity was made distinct from that of the animal because of God’s breathe of life. The world seemed to have remained in a precreation state because humanity was not yet active. This meant that to humanity was left a certain level of control which will later depend on how it is exercised. Humanity itself is a term that denotes the fallen nature of the human race and highlights the efforts or abilities that the human has or is thought to have. When humanity became separated from God, over time there has been the need to be reunited to Him and this has been done from various perspectives according to the reasoning and desires of the people concern. This explains why there have been various and different approaches and responses to re-meeting God.

In the course of this search to be reunited with God, it seems that there has been the need to emphasize superiority or the claim of having the true revelation of God over another. But the original oneness of humanity have become divided by these struggles. These have been necessitated by the fact that at creation God had allowed humanity the option to choose between good and evil or to live or die. This freedom has become the main problem of having one united front on the way back to God. Thus the birth of different religious confessions.

3) GOING THE EXTRA MILE: LUKE 10:25-37

INTRODUCTION

In this text, there arise the question of why one faith would want to despise another and this can be shown from the example of the tension between Israel and Samaria. The history of Israel after the exile had taken a different dimension from a people who formerly held on to one goal in worship. The Northern tribes had constituted under Mount Gerizim and became known as the Samaritans as opposed to the Southern kingdom of Mount Zion. The Jews of the South who considered themselves the true Israel despised and down looked on the Samaritans as not worthy of true worship. By social class status Samaritans could never constitute good neighborliness. Jesus in His ministry attempted to show that there can still be something good and honorable from those regarded as inferior. This text presents two types of Jews. Those who would hold on to the ritual cleansing law even at the expense of the life of someone (clerical and first blood Israelite) and those who can break the barrier of rituals to saving life (Samaritans who were considered as having mixed blood with Canaanites).

A lawyer throws a challenge to Christ so as to bring Him dishonor and in a riposte Christ touched the very fabric of his profession as a law expert. Who is my neighbor or how do I know my neighbor is the striking question responded to in a parable. From the angle of Jesus, the question can be; “what must I do to my neighbor?” Jesus tries to show the different between passive and active neighborliness. The Samaritan breaks the boundaries and cancels the search of “faith help by identity” which often ask questions such as “who is he”, “where does he come from”, or “what faith is he of” by providing the needed help because the one in stress is equally a human being. The wounded man does not even have an identity or class. This is surprisingly a non-clerical help from one considered dishonored. Religious rites are not too important when life is threatened. It would seem this was the pattern of Christ’s teaching when He challenged the Pharisees over the issue of keeping the Sabbath. Thus, religion is more of the practice than of the norms and ritual. This parable shattered the stereotype of religious and social groups in society and race which count for nothing. Therefore a neighbor is anyone who stops by to help without following norms and procedures determined by religious or social laws. To follow God requires one to go the extra mile by taken a radical obedience to God’s teachings. It was not enough for the lawyer to have been well read. But he must put this in to active work.

4) WOMEN AND EQUALITY: JOHN 8:2-11

INTRODUCTION

Justice to be given must not depend on gender or religious background. No one is right or wrong simply because of gender or faith. There are no crimes that are to be punished if committed only by women and neither is there any crime punishable because the one professed a certain faith. Crime is crime whether committed by a man or a woman or by a Jew or a Christian. Justice must be given thus by investigation and not by assumptions or appearances. In this text Christ does not encourage sin but rather He insists on equal justice for men and women. Where was the man with whom the woman committed adultery?

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Title
The Bible. Thematic Introductions
Course
faits studies
Grade
2.2
Author
Year
2016
Pages
9
Catalog Number
V336989
ISBN (eBook)
9783656987499
ISBN (Book)
9783656987505
File size
485 KB
Language
English
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Jews, Muslims, Christians, Christianity, encountering God, God
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Emmanuel Wayi (Mico) (Author), 2016, The Bible. Thematic Introductions, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/336989

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