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United By Love Essay

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An individual’s religious world view is a culmination of external and internal sources. Their environment, culture, and family heritage affects their perspective as well as the life experiences they encounter. There are differing views amongst religions concerning God and even more varying ideas of religious world views between specific denominations within the Christian Faith. There are essential tenants of faith that are necessary core beliefs of every Christian believer. These fundamental doctrines are vital in bringing proselytes together as in Ephesians 4:13, which says, ’’until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to ...view middle of the document...

The Apostle’s Creed states that Jesus, “Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:”, and continues to state the belief in “the resurrection of the body”. The gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are written on the premise of the gospel, or “good news” of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and His ascension into Heaven. Luke 22:69 says, “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God." The person and purpose of Jesus Christ must be clearly understood in order to fully comprehend the magnitude of salvation. Once this thought is realized, great significance is achieved by the enlightening of the scripture Romans 8:11 which states, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you”. Most people do not realize the power that is within them as a believer of Christ. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead resides inside of every Christian. This power can be accessed by faith through Jesus Christ. His power is without limits.
Grace verses works is an ongoing debate among many people. Although, the importance of grace is strongly defined within scripture, laymen and clergy alike, struggle to accept this simple concept. As a small child, most people realize there are both consequences and rewards according to their actions and choices. This continuation of cause and effect is a process that develops within their life as they grow and mature. Upon receiving employment, an individual quickly learns they are compensated according to their work. This way of thinking transcends from their natural life to their spiritual life. Bono explained in the article “Grace Over Karma, “You see, at the center of all religions is the idea of Karma. You know, what you put out comes back to you: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, or in physics; in physical laws every action is met by an equal or an opposite one”. He understood how many people think about their works. Although they are saved by grace, according to Ephesians 2:8, which says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”, they often move from grace to a life of works in order to try to please God and maintain their salvation. They forget that salvation was a free gift of God. Grace brings extraordinary freedom in Christ. Legalism is a type of bondage that causes a person to try to please God or get closer to Him by their actions and obedience to the law. Ephesians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”. Righteous works are the exemplary lifestyle of a Christian. The grace of God and the righteousness that is received through Christ is what motivates the believer to act holy. They do...

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