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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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Master of Religion essay

     What I have learned in studying these wonderful courses is that although there are many different religious denominations to be found within the Christian faith, all agree that there is only one true God, that being the Lord Jesus Christ. As children of God, we as Ministers have certain duties to fulfill within our Ministry, one such duty is being a Christian Counselor. Many are in need of receiving guidance and instruction from the teachings of God, and we as Ministers are certainly qualified to do so. Many seek guidance on such subjects as divorce and abortions and know not of what the bible says and of what is moral concerning these things. Divorce is acceptable, we are taught in the word of God, if ones spouse commits adultery. That is of course, to say, if ones spouse cheats on the other. While God wants only the best for us, we are not to do any harm to our body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are not to use illegal drugs or to do anything which may be harmful to ourselves. This would most definitely include suicide as well.

     Much like the family of the Holy Trinity, our own family should be regarded as sacred too. Our marriage should be served with reverence to the Lord, for he has commanded us to not only love one another, but to remain true and faithful to our spouse. Out of respect for the Lord, and also as he has commanded it so, we are to pay tithing. In the time of Christ people paid ten percent of their earnings toward the Minister for his services and out of respect for him as well. Tithing is not only a respectful thing to do, but it also shows our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as he has commanded us to do. We are told through the word of a God, that if we tithe, then the Heavens shall rain blessings down upon us for our continued faith in the Lord.

     It doesn't matter where we come together to worship the Creator, merely that we are serving him and gathering in his name. Likewise, it matters not how we worship, as he accepts the worship of all, in whichever forms we feel we should worship him.  One of the ways which we pay tribute to a God and serve him is through our services of the Holy Sacraments and the Eucharist, commonly called communion amongst the Protestants. The Lord Jesus Christ set the example during his lifetime, in which how we are to serve him. One of which ways is through baptism, as he himself was baptized by John the baptist. I find this amazing for the Lord Jesus Christ to be so humble as to graciously allow a mere man, a mortal man, to baptize him. Though John the baptist was called by such, he was definitely a Minister by today's standards even though he may not have been referred to as such back then.
   Though we have many different titles we give to our Ministers today, they are the Men of God and should be looked upon great respect, as they were chosen by God to not only serve, but to administer the Holy Sacraments to his people as they have need of it. So in conclusion I have found these courses to be tremendously enlightening and inspiring. I would recommend these courses to anyone seeking to further there knowledge of the Christian Faith. Thanks once again for these courses.

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