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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Religious Philosophy

Master of Religious Philosophy Lesson 14 - Religious Functionality - Religious Nature.

Q.1) What does your religious faith teach you about "others"? Are they to be respected, loved, and honored? Are they to be tolerated? Are they to be viewed as potential converts? Or, are they seen as an imminent threat to the faith?

A.) The Holy Bible is full of references of Christian Conduct, and for the most part that understanding boils down to one thing and it would be Christs own commandment to his followers, which should be every person that calls them self a Christian. That one commandment is to love they neighbor as thy self. So yes, other Christians of other orders of faith as well as Non-Christians are to be loved and respected, every human being is to be tolerated to a point and that being that the elders and clergy are to council individuals that aren't acting in a Christ like manor that would be tolerated by the majority of believers of any sect of Christianity. If this is not an effective approach, then the congregation is to place such situation in the Lords judgment and handling of said individual. But also to continually lift in prayer through faith that the situation with said party, might be resolved in a way, pleasing unto God himself. As for the subject of converts, yes any human being on this planet is subject to and a candidate for, conversion to Christianity. Christ himself gave all Christian believers the authority to plant the seed of salvation and encouraged it many times over, throughout the New Testament Bible.

Q. 2) Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle of it. At the top of the left side write "God's community", and at the top of the right column write "All life is One". Now, using the quotations given in this lesson, place each of these religions in the column you think best fits their theological and philosophical position: Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Shinto, Hinduism, Confucianism, Sikhism, Jainism, Baha'i, Tenrikyo, and Buddhism.

God's Community
 Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism

All life is One
Shinto, Hinduism, Confucianism, Jainism, Baha'i, Tenrikyo, Buddhism



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