A deeper understanding of christianity and our faith in god

It is right to have faith because God is reliable. It brings God onto the scene. But this problem can be solved. This salvation is to be received through repentance and faith.

A deeper understanding of christianity and our faith in god

Other attributes of God will be considered later. All forms of monotheism are not the same. There are different varieties of monotheism.

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The first type of monotheism is that of a monad monotheism. This understanding views God as a singular, unitary monad, i. The Judaic understanding of Jehovah is that of an unextended monad.

The central creed of Judaism is the Shema statement of Deuteronomy 6: The Lord our God is one Lord.

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The Islamic understanding of Allah is also that of a single monad deity. In the early church there were some ex. Arius who sought to retain the Jewish concept of monad monotheism rather than accepting Trinitarian monotheism, and there are still some contemporary groups ex.

Jehovah Witnesses who promote monad monotheism. A second form of monotheism is that identified as monistic monotheism. This understanding of God views everything to be incorporated in a singular and unitary God-reality comprised of, and expressed in, the whole universe.

Such an understanding of a monistic oneness impinges upon the distinction of the Creator and the creation. Monistic monotheism is also evident in some forms of oriental religious philosophy, as well as in Unitarian forms of monism in Christian Science teaching and in the so-called New Age philosophy.

Some have attempted to express Christian teaching as a monistic monotheism, misusing such verses as Isaiah The third form of monotheism is Trinitarian monotheism, which has been the historic Christian understanding of the oneness of God.

The oneness of God is not conceived of merely as a singular, mathematical oneness, i. Christians also often see intimations of relational Trinitarianism in the plural pronouns that refer to God cf. Trinitarian monotheism is unique to the Christian understanding of God. This is not an idea that Christians concocted to complicate the understanding of God.

Jesus was praying that His followers, all Christians, would function in a relational oneness in the one Body of Christ, in like manner as He and the Father functioned in relational oneness in the Oneness of the Trinitarian Godhead.

A deeper understanding of christianity and our faith in god

What we are emphasizing here is that the oneness of God must not be viewed as merely a mathematical oneness, a static numerical integer, for this creates at best a monadic concept of God as an isolated individual deity. To illustrate this relational oneness, I will employ an admittedly inadequate analogy.

My wife and I are married. Now, obviously, this is not a mathematical oneness. Paul employs this relational oneness of the marital union as an analogy of the oneness between Christ and the Christian.

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Quoting the Genesis 2: The oneness of husband and wife, and the oneness of Christ and the Christian are not mathematical onenesses of essentiality, but they are both relational onenesses.

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he again quoted Genesis 2: The entire context of the passage has to do with the relational oneness that is established in sexual union.

Like the marriage union, the spiritual union between Christ and the Christian is a relational oneness. Not a monistic oneness, or an organic oneness, or a merged oneness, or an absorption oneness; but a relational oneness. It would not be the marital union of relational oneness.

A deeper understanding of christianity and our faith in god

Those who cannot, do not, or will not differentiate between the relational oneness of God and other concepts such as merged oneness, absorbed oneness, or universal oneness, or any other form of mathematical oneness, cannot maintain a Christian understanding of the Trinitarian relational oneness of God.

It took a while for the Christian community of the first few centuries to think this through and explain such, but this Trinitarian monotheism was clearly advocated at the Council of Nicea in A.

Allow me to interject an interesting side note here: Those who adopted the Arian concept of a mathematical monad monotheism, those areas ex.Pain is in all of our stories. With God’s help, it does not have to be the end of our stories. As we see God doing the art of golden repair in our lives, it deepens our trust of Him.

In Christian thought, knowledge is always governed by a larger worldview or philosophy or faith, whether of the religious variety or not. 6 Christianity thus affirms a harmonious relationship between science and faith in which a certain kind of priority is reserved for faith.

Pain is in all of our stories. With God’s help, it does not have to be the end of our stories. As we see God doing the art of golden repair in our lives, it deepens our trust of Him. And the answer must be an unequivocal “Yes, it does make a difference!” From A.D.

onwards the Christian understanding of God was clarified and expressed in the Trinitarian understanding of the shared Being of God in three persons. Intensity of prayer is an expression of our faith in God. It is the realization that prayer is no casual conversation.

J.C. Ryle wrote in A Call to Prayer, “Faith is to prayer what the feather is to the arrow.” Earnest prayer involves pleading the promises of God by faith.

Psalm is filled with things asked according to thy word. The Power of Faith By Christy Wimber If the Bible says our faith comes from God; what does that say about us when we place faith in other things? Christy writes for “The Church Report” which is a Christian Newsletter that reaches over , weekly.

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