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Belief Vs. Religion Essay

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Belief verses religion, it is a tough subject, I can believe in almost anything fairies unicorns, There is nothing proving it to be fact it is just believing in what you know to be true a belief is defined in the dictionary as, “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists”(Webster’s dictionary). Religion on the other hand is something like a belief but it is to believe in something specific. Religion is defined as, “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional andritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the ...view middle of the document...

John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”(NIV, p). I believe as a Christian that the gospels are real and true, I do not believe that 4 people during different times could all recall Jesus in the same light, the only thing to be truly questioned is if the details in each of the accounts between the birth and the death are 100% accurate, but just as anything over time all we have to rely on are the scripts and writings of the people of Jesus time, we could make up our own version or assume the things that may have been meant by the writings but I believe the Christian bible is as close to reality as it will get for us in the 20th century.
“Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9, NIV, p). Does this mean Jesus is referring to himself as God? Is Jesus God? Are they the same thing? I do not believe so; I believe Jesus is the way to God. John 14:6-7 says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him”(NIV, p). I don’t believe any of this is Jesus referring to himself as God, I believe the bible is showing he is the son of God, his purpose was not to make people believe he was some God it was to get people to follow him, change their lives and repent for their sins, so they could also have eternal life. Parts of the scripture imply that Jesus was God, put in human form. 2 Peter 1:1, “Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours” (NIV, p). Some Apostles over time believed Jesus was more then just a rabbi they seen him as the savior and God. I think it can be confusing, but just as my parents gave birth to me and I am apart of them, I live through them. God gave life to Jesus through the virgin Mary, God knew that we were born sinners, the perfect plan was not so perfect and with the birth of Jesus Christ God sending someone in human form a part of him to show us the way the moral code, ethics and how God had actually intended for us to live and to die for our sins we are able to live a life of peace and happiness, to understand the way to heaven.
Jesus was have said to have been hung on a cross after being tortured and beaten, he was placed in a tomb and rose from the dead three days later in human form, he went and spoke to many people, the bible says he spoke to up to 500 people at one time, they were able to touch him, Jesus was able to eat, he was there to show he was not lying he was the way to God, to heaven, he died for our sins so we could be forgiven and go to heaven. When Jesus returned after those 3 days, he spoke very...

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