Seminary Program

This is where we post the essays from many of our Universal Life Church Seminary students. When students finish a ULC course, they write a comprehensive essay about their experiences with the course, what they learned, didn't learn, were inspired by, etc. Here are their essays.

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Religious Philosophy Lesson 18

                                                     Food for Thought
  • If you belonged to a millenarian faith, how would that alter your behavior? If you have lived a life that makes it unlikely that you'll be one of the "chosen few to rule with Christ", would you spend your remaining days "living it up"? Would you repent, and spend your remaining days preaching and trying to lead others to make the "right decision"? Or, would you sit in the corner of your room all depressed, and fret over what was going to happen?
Answer: I would repent, and spend my remaining days preaching and trying to lead others to make the "right decision"?
  • If you belonged to an eschatological faith, how would that alter the way you live your life? Expecting the world (or age) to soon end, would it depress you, free you to do whatever you want, or make little difference to you? How would you expect the end to come? In a sudden global catastrophe? As an instantaneous "act of God"? Or, in a slow, gradual decline (i.e. will the world end with a cosmic whimper)?
Answer:  I would be Expecting the world (or age) to soon end, in a sudden global catastrophe and that would make little difference to you.
  • Finally, what is your view of apocalyptic faiths? Do you believe in prophecy? If you believe there were prophets in some distant past, why are there not any today? Or, are there? If there are, how can you tell a "real prophet of God" from an insane, deluded, mad man? In other words, how could you distinguish between a Moses and a Rasputin (remember, artists' conceptions say they both had beards and even looked somewhat alike)?
Answer:  Yes I believe in prophecy and there are very many of them today; people like Prophet T.B. Joshua of Nigeria, Prophet Uebert Angel, prophetess Angel etc.

The "real prophet of God" has the prophetic mercy and helpful messages from God that add true value to mankind.
Yours in Him,
Ikpenwa, Chizoba Gabriel

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