Christianity: beliefs and teachings (Creation (Genesis 1: six day…
Christianity: beliefs and teachings
Nature of God:
The God Classical Theism
The Problem of Evil
If God is all powerful and God is all loving, why do bad things happen?
"Three statements which can't all be true without leading to a contradiction =" - J.L Mackie
Natural Evil e.g. disease, hurricanes
Moral Evil e.g. murder, crime
Job and Suffering:
Suffering: pain or distress caused by injury, illness or loss
Job was a good man, Satan tells God to test him and see if he stays faithful, God does and Job loses everything, he continues to put up with it, his wife suggests cursing God, his friends suggest he must have sinned, Elihu says it's a test
If God is omnibenevolent why did he let Job suffer?
Possible solutions to the problem of evil?
Life is a test for us
Good things can come from bad things
It's all Satan/Adam and Eve's fault
We have to be free
The story of Exodus
God sends plagues to the bad people of Eygpt to help Moses and the slaves escpae
Staff becomes a snake,
Tenth plague of the death of 1st born
Crosssing of the Red Sea
Tough Love vs. Omnibenevolence?
Was God doing the right thing? If he was omnipotent why did he let it happen in the first place?
The Holy Spirit
"The Father and I are one" -John 10:30
3 persons, one God
The Christian Creed
What does it say about God:
God, almoghty, creator of heaven and earth
What does it say about Jesus?
Son, of one being with Father, born of Mary, died, rose, ascended, came again to judge
What does it say about the Holy Spirit?
life-giving, from father/son, adored, spoke through prophets
Genesis 1: six day creation story
Creation ex nihilo
Humans created on 6th day - high point and given dominion over living things
Liberal Christians: believe it as just a story, they consider the ideas of science
Literal Christians: believe it as the truth, and take it literally as what happened
Genesis 3: Adam and Eve's disobedience - leads to evil in the world
Big Bang Theory? Evolution?
birth, baptism, preaching/teaching, healing miracles, nature miracles, enters Jerusalem, trouble, arrest, execution, risen
: God becoming human in the form of Jesus
: Jesus dying for the sins of the world
: The belief that Jesus' death on the cross healed the rift between humans and God
Resurrection: 3 women go to tomb, stone rolled away, body gone, angels tell them Jesus has risen
Resurrection: Hope for Christians that they too will rise & their loved ones will do the same
God has power over death
Jesus goes back to God after telling disciples to spread His message
What does this teach Christians?
Jesus has completed mission
Jesus in heaven with God ao hope for us
Jesus present now in a different way
Heaven: a place of perfection, where you live with God forever
Hell: a place after death where you are cut off from God because of your sins
Jesus: 'I am the resurrection and the life'
The parables of Last Judgement: Sheep and the Goats and Rich man and Lazarus