The reflection paper that I will discuss touches on some topics of importance to me that have been outlined in the first four weeks of this Course. I would like to discuss two topics that have proven relevant to me which are Mind, Reason and Logic and most importantly Faith and the Heart. I would like to start off by stressing that I am in a continual daily process of improving my beliefs and striving for my faith to become stronger daily. Fundamentally, the readings would not serve to be prudent if one did not get spiritually aroused in some capacity
a) Theological Definition: The Bible defines reason as the cause, ground, principle or motive of anything said or done; that which supports or justifies a determination, plan of measure. (KJV)
b) Biblical Application: God wants us to use reason and logic to be assured of his existence. Isaiah 1:18 - Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. For the Christian, this implies that our sins can be taken away and become through his salvation. If a Christian did not apply these tools we would never understand his Authority. There is discourse certainly is using reason as a validation for God’s word. But to understand his word correctly would make perfect sense. God wants us to use our brain, he tells us this. There is applied logic when one is studying theology and wanting to conform to the Christian ways. The message is to understand biblical faith. This is simple we already know that the Bible and Jesus is true.
c Practical Application: This topic for me speaks volumes. It is important for me to defend my Christianity at all times. I too wanted proof and had to see and read scripture and explore the many messages that can be inferred from biblical passages. After reading Elmer Towns, Core Christianity, He states that many people believe they that generally have an idea of what Christianity is about, but it is spoiled by media influences of right and wrong ideas. He also delves into special topics of what being a Christian is. He uses reason and logical arguments to prove the existence of god. His video messages are quite clear and compelling and one could not have an argument about proving God’s existence. Unfortunately, reason has become skewed by so many, they view being Christian as a world in which there are only rules. Only by continually reading the Bible and truly understanding the message so many will be left behind.
III: Part Two: Faith and Heart
Development of my Christian Faith. I was always raised as a Christian. And I recall when coming home as a young girl asking my parents and my grandmother so many questions about God. The Sisters at the School did a great job but I always had so many questions. One day after asking where is God, she bent over and said right here, and...