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The Importance of the Bible to Christians - The Importance of the Bible to Christians The Bible is an important book to Christians, it is a declaration of their beliefs. It represents a holy book, and a source of authority. Christians believe God speaks to them through the Bible. The Bible is split into two sections, both these sections are equally important to Christians. The Old Testament is very important because, it show’s where Christianity originated from. Its root’s are in Judaism and Jewish history. The first 5 books are known as the Pentateuch or Torah and are believed to have been written by Moses....   [tags: Free Essays] 394 words
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The Use of the Bible by Christians - The Use of the Bible by Christians The sacred book in Christianity is namely the Bible. It is used in both public worship and also one uses the Bible to worship alone such as personal devotions. The Bible is used in public worship in numerous ways. In a number of Nonconformist churches the Bible is brought into the church and placed on the lectern at the front of the church to signify that the service will commence. Often the congregation will rise from their seats in respect as the Bible is brought in....   [tags: Papers] 843 words
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Bible as the Inspired Word of God - Bible as the Inspired Word of God The Bible is the work of various authors, who lived in different continents and wrote in different eras. Furthermore, much of the text does not claim to have been 'dictated' by God and is not always God speaking to people. In parts it consists of people speaking to God, as in the Psalms, and people speaking to people, as in the New Testament letters written by Paul. In light of this, some maintain that it is not possible to treat the Bible as a book of divine oracles, delivered once by God and recorded by its authors through divine inspiration, since biblical authors were products of their time and subsequently their understan...   [tags: Papers] 1104 words
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History of the Old Testament of the Bible - Studying the Old Testament is not as straightforward as some may think. Being able to recall stories of the Bible does not necessarily mean you have a thorough grasp on the history of Israel and the surrounding nations. Some people read and discuss the Bible without a solid understanding of the history and social issues that were going on at the time. Being able to relate to the stories in the Bible and struggle with some of the same problems faced by the people in the Bible gives you a greater appreciation for the works in the Bible....   [tags: Religion Christian Christianity] 3004 words
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The Book of Acts - INTRODUCTION The Book of Acts is a continuation of the story of Jesus. Jesus continues the work He started in the flesh by working through His new body, that of the Christian Church. The term Christian was first given at Antioch and it translates “Christ like.” The apostles were given the Holy Spirit and the power to perform miracles. The word apostle means someone who has seen Jesus. STRUCTURE The Book of Acts can be sub-divided as follows: 1. The gospel of Jesus is preached in Jerusalem. Acts 1.1-6.7 2....   [tags: The Bible]
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The Changing Role of the Supernatural in the Bible - The Changing Role of the Supernatural in the Bible - The changing role of the supernatural in the bible Almost every religious scripture references to experiences of supernatural phenomenon by holy men and women. The Bible is no exception .The bible in both forms The Exodus, the old Testamant and the Luke in the new Testament is concerned primarily with the existence of god , the nature of god, the relationship of god with his creratures , primarily humanity. Gods role in the history and creation of the world in essence in the Bible is about the supernatural , god being conceived as a supernatural deity separate and existing from the natural creation....   [tags: Papers] 1619 words
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The Nature of God and Morality in The Bible - Religious texts have been one of the main sources for laws and social customs since the conception of organized religion. Each religious text provides its followers with a code of conduct they are expected to apply to themselves, their actions, and their institutions. This code of conduct applies to the individual, as well as to the government and society to within which the people exist, and ultimately defines what a "just society" is in the context of that religion. Using stories and proverbs this code of conduct, and thus "just society", is not only set, but also shown in examples....   [tags: Religion] 1391 words
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Jacob: A Failed Patriarch - Jacob Jacob, the second and more prominent son of Isaac, is one of three aptly named Patriarchs of the Hebrew Bible. Much like his father and grandfather, Jacob earns the right to be known as one of God’s chosen men by being one whose “descendants shall be as the dust of the earth“ (Gen 28:14). Despite this, Jacob is a truly a flawed human being. While he is able to overcome these flaws to become the patriarch of the Israelite people, and receive a portion of the covenant God had promised to his grandfather, Abraham, his sins in life negatively affected future generations of Israelites in the form of slavery in Egypt....   [tags: The Bible]
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Bible - If the Bible is indeed the Word of God, perfect and without error, then the issue is settled. Homosexuality is a sin and we must condemn it's practice. However, if the Bible is the writings of men who were only capable of seeing dimly, as if in a mirror, the way Paul described it, then we have a long way to go before we settle the question. John's teaching concerning the third person of the trinity, God's Holy Spirit, has that person leading us into truth, and not a book...even if that book is called "the Holy Bible." I maintain that the conservative doctrine that the Bible is the express Word of God, perfect and without error, is a heresy....   [tags: essays research papers] 370 words
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Why the Bible Conflicts with Science - Why the Bible Conflicts with Science "I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details." Albert Einstein Mr. Einstein was not the only one to wonder about such things. He would have asked penetrating questions and obviously the religious answers he got did not satisfy his inquiring mind. However, if the Bible was inspired by the same person who created the universe, it should be able to answer this query to some satisfaction....   [tags: Papers] 1552 words
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The Bible and Christianity on Abortion - The Bible and Christianity on Abortion There has been recent debate over the Christian ethics of abortion, and what the Bible’s implications of the matter are. One must first acknowledge that the Bible does not directly say anything about abortion. Kerby Anderson is the president of Probe Ministries, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “reclaim the primacy of Christian thought and values in Western culture through media.” (http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/arg-abor.html) He claims that the reason abortion is not mentioned in the Bible is because the act was so unthinkable - so absurd - to an Israelite woman at the time that there was no need to e...   [tags: Papers] 947 words
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Theme of Justice in the Odyssey and the Bible - Theme of Justice in the Odyssey and the Bible       Justice is a theme that differs in many different texts, and this also true in the Odyssey and the Bible.  Justice in Homeric texts was served to neutralize a situation and bring things back to the way they were, to a time of stability and respect for authority.  The bible has usually been interpreted, however, as serving justice on a moral basis, as a way to punish those who did not respect each other or act in God likeness.          The Greeks in the Odyssey viewed justice as only coming from the gods.  They believed the gods punished them because they have fallen out of their favor, and not because they had really done anything wrong...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Attributes of Humanity in the Bible - Attributes of Humanity in the Bible One attribute of Humanity that I saw in Genesis through Dueteronomy was the fearing of God. The fear of the Lord, according to the Bible, is a heartfelt reverence for the majesty of God and a loving awe of the grace of God. One who fears God has great thoughts about Him and knows Him and puts his trust in Him. One who fears God, first of all, knows God in all of the infinite splendor of God's being and the God who says, "I AM THAT I AM." Throughout the Scriptures, whenever we see a human encountering God, we see that this encounter always contains an element of fear....   [tags: Papers] 443 words
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The Land Of The Bible: The Sacred Bridge - First Reading Critique: The Sacred Bridge Anson Rainey and R. Steven Notley are the authors of The Sacred Land Bridge, which is an Atlas of the biblical world and includes maps, pictures, and historical cementation as to the significance of this region. The biblical world that this atlas focuses on is defined as the eastern Mediterranean littoral, or more commonly called the Levant in modern archeological discussions. In my critique of this book I will be focusing on pages 30-34 which will define the boundaries and explain the importance of the Levant....   [tags: Theological Book Review Critique] 1189 words
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The Bible as a Historical Document - The Bible as a Historical Document MARK'S THEOLOGY REFLECTED IN WRITING Mark and the other evangelists used basically five ways to change, edit or enhance Jesus' sayings to reflect their own views of Christianity. According to the Five Gospels Book, plagiarism and changing of writing was not a crime, but actually very common Mark's time. Besides, Mark never knew Jesus first-hand, he somehow had to make a 'story' from basically Hearsay. Mark groups different parables and sayings of Jesus by topic; making a false impression that these things happened in order....   [tags: Research Religion Mark Religious Papers] 1413 words
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Image Of God In The Bible - Representation of God in the Bible Throughout the Bible God can be represented in a number of different ways. In some chapters of the Bible God can be found to be a compassionate, loving God, who would do anything for his people. To contradict this, in other chapters of the Bible God can be found trying to instill fear into people so that they believe in him, or do what he wants of them. In both instances it shows how different God can be seen and why believers can have doubts about how God really is....   [tags: Religion] 1400 words
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Essay on Names in The Odyssey and The Bible - Importance of Names in The Odyssey and The Bible      Two of the most widely studied ancient works are Homer’s Odyssey and the book of Genesis from the Bible.  Each of these texts provides a unique viewpoint of an early civilization.  In both of the texts, one can learn not only stories about great heroes, but also about the way that these peoples lived and what they believed.  Many interesting parallels can be drawn between the two developing societies shown in the Odyssey and the book of Genesis.  One parallel is the importance placed on names by each culture....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Hierarchy and the Disorder of Separation in the Bible - Hierarchy and the Disorder of Separation in the Bible Proper Hierarchy and the Disorder of Separation Throughout the text of the Bible, and especially evident in Chapter 3 of Genesis, there is a system which God has set up to denote the proper relationships each of his creations share with each other and with Him. An analysis of this reoccurring theme will help to establish that God’s intended system is a hierarchy in which there is an apportionment of “servants” and “masters,” with God having the final authority....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]
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The Bible as the Word of God - The Bible as the Word of God What would a logical person accept as proof of God. Would he require God Almighty to appear before him in order to acknowledge His existence. Would he apply this same criteria to everything else in life. For example, would he not believe in the President of the United States unless he saw him in the flesh. He might counter that he has seen his photograph, but this does not meet the original criteria. Such photos are evidence based upon other evidence. That is, confidence in the news media and photography....   [tags: Papers] 1338 words
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A Miracle According to the Bible - A Miracle According to the Bible · The power of God. Jesus tells the paralysed man that his sins are forgiven something only God can do. Also the healing that has taken place is not just the physical healing but that of his relationship with God. · The power of faith in God. When the centurion's servant was healed it was vital that the centurion believed that Jesus was the son of God and so had the power to heal. Jesus' miracles helped people to have faith and to believe in the kingdom of God....   [tags: Papers] 554 words
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The Bible and Western Culture - The Bible and Western Culture 1. The Bible as Political/Philosophical Statement The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood The dystopia depicted in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a patriarchal society that prides itself in the protection of women. The marked hierarchy of power and status revealed here cannot be denied and the society’s attitude towards women is as anti-feminist as many could ever imagine. The society in which those without power are not only weak but ignorant is reminiscent of the early Middle Ages when only the highly educated and powerful were able to read, and even fewer were able to read the Bible....   [tags: Papers] 1562 words
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The Fallibility of Man Exposed in The Bible - The Fallibility of Man Exposed in The Bible The story of the Golden Calf illustrates the inherent fallibility of man. It starts out when the people ask Aaron to “make us gods, which shall go before us.” Despite the fact that God had spoken to them just days earlier commanding them not to make themselves any graven images, Aaron doesn’t argue too strongly against this, immediately asking them to turn over any gold jewelry they have so that he may make them a figure of worship....   [tags: Religion Biblical Essays] 901 words
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The Bible and Capital Punishment - The Bible and Capital Punishment What Does Christianity Tell Us To Do In Case Of Extreme Crime.      Capital Punishment, commonly known as the death penalty, is one of the most controversial problems of our society today. There are many stands you can take with it: yes; no; maybe; only in this situation; only if this doesn’t happen. Even the Bible is undecided about what to do with people who commit such horrendous crimes.      The Bible first mentions what to do in case of extreme crime in Genesis 4:11-15....   [tags: essays research papers] 1444 words
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Abortion - Bible is Pro-Choice - Bible is Pro-Choice Without any question, the Bible is overwhelminly pro-choice. Although the Hebrews were influenced by many of the laws of their Assyrian, Sumerian, and Babylonian neighbors, all of which forbade abortion, the Hebrew scriptures had no laws forbidding abortion, not a single one. This was chiefly because the Hebrews placed a higher value on women than did their neighbors. There are, however, some references to the termination of pregnancy. Exod. 21:22-25 says that if a pregnant woman has a miscarriage as a result of injuries she receives during a fight between two men, the penalty for the loss of the fetus is a fine; if the woman is killed, the penalty is "life for life."...   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 401 words
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Comparing The Iliad and The Bible - Comparing The Iliad and The Bible     Throughout recorded history, man has sought explanations for the various phenomena that occur in every facet of nature, and when no obvious answer is forthcoming, still a theory is often proposed.  These explanatory theories, often taking the form of stories or chronicles, are usually linked to some sort of mysticism or divine intervention.  By ascribing that which he does not understand to the gods’ will at work, man avoids facing up to his own lack of knowledge in a given area, and also draws comfort from assuming that the universe does indeed function under the guidance of divine beings.  Thus the explanatory accounts that man crafts enhance his...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Relationship between Hamlet and the Bible. - The Relationship between Hamlet and the Bible.                   It may appear that anything could be twisted into a typological pattern. Such interpretations appear to suffer from the structuralist faults of skating too lightly over actual texts, ignoring details that cannot be forced into a preconceived mold, and robbing narratives of their concrete shapes through abstraction. I would stress that there is more to Shakespeare than typology, but I would also insist that typology is often an important part of his drama....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth - Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart, authors of How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, have written an easy to read book for those who want to learn more about what the Bible has to offer. The authors present distinct principles for interpreting different genres found in the Bible. The book has sold over a half a million copies and is one of the most popular books regarding biblical interpretation. Fee is a seminary professor of New Testament studies at Regent College. He has authored several New Testament commentaries and is the general editor of the New International Commentary series....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart] 2579 words
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The Tempest: Allegorical to the Bible - The Tempest: Allegorical to the Bible The Tempest is not a pure fantasy tale, but a purposeful allegory. The characters in the play are all representative of characters found in the bible. The first, and perhaps most persuasive, arguement would be Prospero symbolizing God. Prospero is seen to be a representative of God for several reasons. First, he is obviously in control of the actions and has an omnipotent quality. This has been demonstrated by several scenes throughout the play. Consider the power that Prospero possesses, as shown in the Epilogue at the closing of the play: I have bedimmed The mooontide sun, called forth the mutinous winds, And 'twixt the green sea and the azured vault...   [tags: English Literature Essays]
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For the Bible Tells Me So a Documentary on the Christian Church - ... The people or children who are homosexual often look at their self image differently because of the messages they receive not only from their families, the Bible, but also from the people who hold picket signs showing hatred towards homosexual. The Church holds different values, also known as personal preferences, likes and dislikes, or judgements about what is good and desirable or bad and undesirable (Farley and Flota 2012), they often gain values from their religious book, the Bible. Which usually is the main book of moral code that is sets laws and regulations in today’s society....   [tags: fundamentalists, identity, self image] 639 words
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Freud's Threory That the Bible is the Cause of Man's Unhappiness - ... When this does not happen they reflect on what they can do differently. This leads to them placing these morals and rules on themselves without ever realizing that it may be unnecessary. Everyone has to go through trials and tribulations in order to come out stronger on the other side. However, when societal rules as well as your own fears come into play, people may not make the best decisions. The Bible may have started these rules and regulations that Freud seems to believe makes us unhappy, but they were made due to human failure....   [tags: society, repression, rules] 956 words
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Intertextuality Analysis Text from the Bible, Quran, and Vedas - Intertextuality Intertextuality is a relevant area of rhetoric analysis that enables an individual to relate a single discourse with more than one text. In this case, the discourse is analyzed from the perspective of different texts to ascertain its validity. Religious texts can be analyzed in such a way as to authenticate a certain topic of discussion. Excerpts from the Quran, Vedas, and the Bible portray the concept of intertextuality. Through these concepts, interactional relevance is likely to be achieved....   [tags: worship, god, religious]
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The Bible Vs. The Matrix - The Bible vs. The Matrix The Matrix is a current movie and the Bible is a piece of inspired literature that has withstood scrutiny throughout the ages. The Matrix has many biblical themes and it parallels the Bible in numerous ways. Let me briefly explain a simplified plot of The Matrix. The story centers around a computer-generated world that has been created to hide the truth from humans. In this world people are kept in slavery without their knowledge. This world is designed to simulate the peak of human civilization which had been destroyed by nuclear war....   [tags: Film Movies] 1992 words
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Miracles of Jesus in the Bible - John's purpose for writing the Gospel of John is given to us in John 20: 30 - 31: " And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. The sign miracles that John writes about are turning water into wine, curing the nobleman's son, curing the lame man, feeding the multitude, walking on water, giving sight to the blind, bringing Lazarus back from the dead, and the miraculous catch of fishes....   [tags: Religion Christian] 729 words
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Democratic Implications of the Bible - Democratic Implications of the Bible In the form of government known as democracy, the power lies in the hands of the people. Be it to change the laws or the structure of the government, the decisions of the legislature are made by either the people or representatives that are elected by the people. Under most government systems, elections are used for people to express their views and beliefs. There is equality for all, including basic freedoms such as freedom of speech and religion....   [tags: essays research papers] 1532 words
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Wisdom According to the Bible - Wisdom According to the Bible What does it mean to have wisdom. Some may say to be wise is to have enough knowledge and good judgment to make well thought out life decisions. Wisdom is a common term mentioned throughout out the New Testament Epistles and the entire Bible. The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom and knowledge. It talks about ways to be wise and ways to be foolish. Through out the Bible there seems to be different types of wisdom and it is described in different ways. Analyzing all types of wisdom and knowledge will help us decide what the Bible means to be wise. First let us look at what the Old Testament has to say about wisdom....   [tags: Papers] 616 words
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The Bible is God's Word - The Bible is God's Word Many people try to discredit what the Bible teaches, but my faith comes from God, through his word, The Holy Bible. Billy Graham wrote, “Because the Bible is God's inspired Word, it does not contradict itself or teach falsehoods--because God cannot lie. We may not understand every detail of Scripture, but we must never lose sight of the fact that it is God's Word and not man's ideas or opinions.” Quote from an Authoritative Source It is comforting to know that there is a God that cares for us....   [tags: Papers] 1051 words
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Born-Again Christian Prophecies Based on the Bible - Cultural Studies There exist different versions and elements of the Biblical prophetic tradition, from the patriarchal stories of Abraham and Moses to the exilic and post-exilic prophecies (like prophecies by Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel), to New Testament appropriations. Biblical prophesies in today’s world have become more important as things in the world start to go in a way that is destructive. For instance, with the increase in the cases of wars, earthquakes, famines and drought is the fulfillment of these prophesies in the bible on the last days....   [tags: prophecies, preachers, prophets] 1580 words
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Oppression of Imperialism in Poisonwood Bible and Heart of Darkness - Imperialism has been a constant oppressive force upon societies dating back hundreds of years. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, illustrates this oppression by providing an instance of its occurrence in the Congo of Africa, while simultaneously setting the stage for The Poisonwood Bible, which is essentially the continuation of the story. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, demonstrates how the Congo is still affected by modern circumstances and ideology. Conrad’s novella acts as a sort of precursor to the events later depicted in Kingsolver’s novel, and this very connection between the stories illustrates the perpetual oppression of imperialism....   [tags: joseph conrad] 1448 words
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Correlations between One Hundred Years of Solitude and the Bible - . It is with great ease to be able to read Gabriel Garcia Marquezʼ novel One Hundred Years of Solitude and relate it to the Bible. Many scenarios in the novel correspond to the stories we learn in religion class. In fact, many critics believe the Bibleʼs plot provides a foundation for the novel. Lois Parkinson Zamora has said “Like Revelation, One Hundred Years of Solitude sums up the Bible” (Bloom 51). Through Remedios the Beauty, the foolish description of Fernanda del Carpio, modernization resulting in solitude and disbelief, and the Garden of Eden Gabriel Garcia Marquez creates a correlation between the Bible and One Hundred Years of Solitude....   [tags: One Hundred Years of Solitude]
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Marriage According to the Bible - Marriage According to the Bible "Marriage must be honoured by all" (Hebrew 13:4) Marriage is seen as a gift from God, and therefore should be respected by all Christians. Marriage is a sacrament, a very important promise, between the couple and God. If a man and a woman divorce, then they are breaking the promise that they made to themselves, and to God. By making a solemn vow in front of God, the couple are getting to know each other better, and getting to know God better. "But what I tell you is this: if a man divorces his wife for any reason other cause than unchastity then he involves her in adultery" (Matthew 5:32.) This quote refers to a lifelong commitment,...   [tags: Papers] 1283 words
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The Price Family Moves to Africa in Poisonwood Bible... - ... This quotation, in the first chapter of the book, really portrays Orleanna as an all-knowing mother who is misunderstood, only to be finally understood at the end. “We all knew very well who’d been the one to yell that word Damn. But none of us could let him in on that awful secret.” (Leah pg.78) This quotation, on the other hand, portrays the first of several breakdown episodes for Orleanna, when she could not bake the cake for Rachel’s birthday. When Nathen hears her profanity, through Methuselah, he demands to know who taught the parrot the curse word....   [tags: daughters, theology, orleanna project]
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Bible - Role Of Abraham - Hebrew Bible Paper - Abraham Abraham stands as one of the most important figures in the Hebrew Bible, and is central to the understanding of God&#8217;s solution to the problem of mankind. Man, the mysterious creature that God wraught as a semi-experiment, is constantly prone to believe he is self-sufficient and capable of survival without God, the central problem God must deal with in the Hebrew Bible. To solve this problem, God decides to strike fear in the heart of man and to revolutionise his lifestyle by creating laws and empowering a chosen group of people, who will spread the word of God by example....   [tags: essays research papers] 1590 words
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The Use of Operant Conditioning in 1984 and the Holy Bible - In the book, 1984, by George Orwell, the author creates a dark narrative, set in the future, about a dystopian society based on fear through conditioning and reinforcement. Ultimately, this results in a world of hate and dictatorship. Big Brother, being the leader, uses fear as a tactic to keep his society in its rural state and his people loyal to its rules. This technique, although taken to its extreme in the novel, is not a new idea. In fact, it dates all the way back to the bible in which damnation is used as punishment in order to promote faithfulness to God....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Insight into Revelations 1:9-20: Bible Study - To understand and interpret the Bible correctly, one must first have accepted the fact that he is a sinner and has ask Jesus into his heart as his own personal savior. The interpretation of the Bible is difficult and can be time consuming. A lack of time in studying the bible can lead to serious errors and faulty interpretations. For one to prevent this, attention to the principles involved in interpretation of the scriptures must be understood and followed. The first principle is hermeneutics which is the “science (principles) and art (task) by which the meaning of the biblical text is determined” (Zuck p.20)....   [tags: apostle john, biblical text, hermeneutics]
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Civil Disobedience and the Bible - Civil disobedience is a nonviolent opposition to a law through refusal to comply with it, on grounds of conscience. I understand why somebody might want to oppose the law. Somebody might have their own beliefs on what is right and wrong and they wouldn’t know when they're disobeying. But when you do know what you're doing, if you don’t obey a certain law set forth for you to follow, there most likely will be some kind of consequence for not following the law. You could go to jail, be put on restraint, have something taken away, etc....   [tags: Papers] 549 words
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What Does the Bible Say About Animal Cruelty? - A social issue is a matter of public concern over which there is considerable disagreement and debate within society as a whole. Quite often when social issues are debated whether that debate takes place within church walls or outside the hot button issues are covered. Issues such as Christians and military service, what the bible has to say about gay marriage, or family violence. These are all very much important issues in our world today, but what about social issues where the lives being affected have absolutely no voice or power to make their case....   [tags: animal rights]
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Exploring the Concept of Dispensation and the Nine Dispensations Referred to in the Bible - The concept of the dispensations has frequently caught my attention and sparked my interest. A dispensation can be defined as; the divine ordering of the affairs of this world, or a period in which God dealt or will deal with his creation. The Bible speaks about nine periods, or dispensations, in which God ordered the affairs of this world. Teachers and Preachers refer to these dispensations as the Plan of the Ages. You may have heard of the Plan of the Ages from commentaries on the Bible or teaching at the local church....   [tags: religion, theology] 992 words
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Forgive and Forget in The Poisonwood Bible by Nathan Price - ... This is what leads him to Kilanga, willingly putting his family in danger to spread the name of the lord, in hope of redemption. Nathan’s guilt at having escaped the Bataan death march has twisted his belief in God, he sees God as one who punishes and rewards strictly on the basis of merit. He lives trying to earn his, by pushing the teaching of Christianity to the Congolese. Nathan masks his cowardice using a sort of “divine right”. He uses god to justify every decision he makes, disregarding anyone elses opinion....   [tags: adah, leah, guilt] 1517 words
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Capital Punishment and the Bible - Capital Punishment and the Bible        Capital punishment has always been an arguable issue and for good reason. The Old Testament clearly calls for the death penalty on many occasions, whereas; many of the teachings of Jesus and others in the New testament readily denounce it.  Therefore, both advocates ands opponents of capital punishment have Biblical references to support their beliefs.           Opponents use the creation story to show that all are created in God's image.  Genesis 1:27a states that “God created man in his image.”1  God, thus, has the power to give and take away life as he chooses.  All men are to preserve life to the best of their ability.  M....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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The Big Bang Theory, The Theory of Evolution, and the Bible - This essay provides background and analysis into the subject of science versus religion and analyzes how significant discoveries (namely the Big Bang Theory and the Theory of Evolution) have swayed generations of people into attempting to understand the science behind the universe’s, as well as our own, origin. It is not an explanation as to why one side is correct over the other, but simply an explanation of the trending upward of the demographic of those who prefer to believe scientific hypotheses over Biblical explanation in regards to the creation of Man and the Universe....   [tags: creationism, Scopes Trial, Darwin, Galileo, origin]
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The First Crime Recorded in the First Book of the Bible - How far would one have to think back in history that the first reported criminal trial happened. Would it be similar or different than the ones held today. What would it be about. Would the punishment be similar to ones that are issued today. This article by William R. Riddell gives the audience an inside look to what happened in history on that fateful day. This particular crime was recorded, but it wasn't until the first century of our era that was shown to our world. Since the record was in an ancient piece of document, Riddell is wanting to bring out the fact that he is not writing this article as a story but as breaking the story down as a lawyer for the audience....   [tags: god, law, money] 881 words
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Analytical Argument: What Deserves to Belong in The American Bible? - ... This film is very concise and does not hold on to stereotypes and instead creates the fearsome daily horrors and cruelty of slavery. In comparison, with Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one work included in The American Bible, the film 12 Years a Slave also discusses the very controversial theme of slavery and racial inequality. The novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is a piece of writing that contains some similarities to those found in the film 12 Years a Slave. The novel was published just a year after Uncle Tom’s Cabin and eight years before the Civil War....   [tags: Stephen Prothero's, anthology, author]
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Theme Analysis of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver - In the book The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver, she uses motifs and themes such as issues over the western control, religion, and the death and force of nature. In literature authors use themes as a message to create points that will help make the big picture complete. Kingsolver is using multiple themes to connect what she is portraying from her writing to the reader. These themes come in different variations, but help us understand the core of the novel and get the real meaning on what it is about....   [tags: religion, western, nature]
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Importance of Maintaining the Strength and Power of Words Seen in the Bible - thus “peculiar people”, Titus 2:14. According to a deeper root translation a more accurate meaning for “peculiar people” should be considered as a people wherein God had a superlative, propriety interest above and beyond the common interest of all other nations of the world. Therefore, the most accurate translation should rather be “His treasured people.” Peripoiesis, pronounced per-ee-poy’-ay-sis; means “purchased, or possession. A people for the Lord’s own possession; a people who are His very own”....   [tags: Scripture Analysis] 1983 words
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Written By Paul, Philemon is the 18th Book of the Bible - ... He had run away, and robbed Philemon in the process. It is believed that Paul came in contact with Onesimus while in Rome as they were both prisoners. When they met each other, Onesimus became a believer of the Christian religion under Paul’s leading3. Paul sent Onesimus back to Philemon, with the letter, confidently including that Onesimus was now a “Brother” of theirs. He wrote Philemon know that Philemon has full power over Onesimus, including the decision of life or death, due to Onesimus’ runaway....   [tags: slavery, christ, new testament]
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The Bible in The Upside Down Kingdom by Donald B. Kraybill - ... Jesus invites us to change our priorities, focus on the kingdom, and share with the needy” (Kraybill, 2011, p.101). A man’s wealth will be measured by the love, kindness and empathy he has for the poor and the hungry in Gods kingdom. For this matter Jesus wants the wealthy to humble themselves and receive their blessing by offering opportunities to the poor instead of being greedy and celebrating their own wealth. Additionally, chapter six elaborates its main point by exploring the six dangers of wealth....   [tags: god´s kingdom, christians] 1196 words
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Private Property Concepts in the Bible and in Historic Context - One day, a rich man turned to Jesus and asked him about how to inherit an eternal life. Even though he had already followed the particular commandments such as not murdering, stealing, lying and honoring your parents, he still could not keep the law perfectly. Because Jesus asked him to give all his fortune to the poor but he would not like to. Jesus told disciples that it would be easier for the camel to go through the eye of a needle than the wealthy to enter the Kingdom of God. (Mark 10:17-10:25) The story from the Bible is not intended to persuade people to stay poor but to uphold the loyalty to God....   [tags: property is theft]
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Essay on The Holy Bible - Book of Job as an Attempt to Justify the Actions of God - The Book of Job: An Attempt to Justify the Actions of a Omnipotent, Childlike God   The Book of Job from the Old Testament is a story in which an attempt is made by the Hebrew author to justify the unjustifiable actions of a seemingly malevolent god. The questioning by Job as to why the "good" must suffer is induced by a childish challenge, put forth by Satan and accepted by God, to test the loyalty of Job toward God. The uncharacteristic actions of a supposedly omni benevolent God must be justified in the eyes of his followers, and in the process of doing so, God is made to look like nothing more than an omnipotent child....   [tags: Holy Bible Book Job Essays] 1252 words
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Essay on The Holy Bible - Character of God Exposed in the Book of Job - True Character of God Exposed in the Book of Job The Book of Job offers many complex and abstract ideas. It can also be looked at in a simple fashion, taking it as a folk tale trying to explain the unexplainable forces of fate and chance. The story is often interpreted as another strange episode of the Almighty Yahweh requiring blind faith in the midst of overwhelming and sadistic trials. A picture is painted, at first glance, of a cruel and uncaring God who is most interested in His wager with Satan on the reliability of His faithful follower Job....   [tags: Holy Bible Book Job Essays] 695 words
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Galileo vs. The Bible - Galileo vs. The Bible Religion and science have always been conflicting studies. Religion, being based on faith, relies on the supernatural to explain life and being. Science, on the other hand, cannot do this. Scientists need to eliminate the possibility of the unexplainable in order to maintain and control group by which to measure other groups. The unexplainable I refer to are the miracles that are commonplace in all supernatural religions. Galileo lived in a time where church was state. The land was ruled according to the words of the bible, and anyone in opposition would be in contempt....   [tags: Papers] 692 words
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America's History Founded on the Bible: Investigating America’s Relationship with the Bible throughout Time - ... Americans Leaders and the Bible Our founding father spoke of God and were apart of certain groups which promoted religious beliefs or the bible in society or government. George Washington has said many quotes one of which states “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” George Washington states in the quote above that government of any nation should be founded on the fundamentals God has given for us and that we should give thanks for the lesson and good offering of God....   [tags: religious beliefs, religious texts]
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The Bible version controversy - A controversy of immense silliness has recently broken out among Evangelicals regarding the validity of modern, conservative translations of the Bible like the New American Standard, the New International, and the New King James. The controversy was ignited by a book written by Gail Riplinger entitled New Age Bible Versions. The only thing sillier than the controversy is the book that sparked it. Remember the old joke. -- "If the King James Version was good enough for the Apostle Paul, then it's good enough for me!" Well, Riplinger tries to convert the joke into gospel....   [tags: essays research papers] 2033 words
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Young Earth Creationism - I personally believe in the Young-Earth Creation at the same time not holding fast the first day mentioned in Genesis, including Genesis 1:1-2. There may have been a time difference from Genesis 1:1-2 through Genesis 1:3; however, there is no evidence that states the same. This should not be, however, discordant issues for Christian believers since those who hold the first verse is a different time period, are still being faithful to the scriptures. This allows for what Driscoll and Breshears misname “Historical Creationism.” It is the Young-Earth creationism that is connected to a long line of scholarly interpretations that span centuries’ and have dominated the field....   [tags: The Bible]
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Poisonwood Bible - Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver is the author of many well-written pieces of literature including The Poisonwood Bible. This novel explores the beauty and hardships that exist in the Belgian Congo in 1959. Told by the wife and four daughters of a fierce Baptist, Nathan Price, Kingsolver clearly captures the realities this family and mission went through during their move to the Congo. The four daughters were raised in Atlanta Georgia in the 1950’s therefore entering the Congo with preconceived racial beliefs, and a very different way of life than they would soon experience....   [tags: English Literature Essays] 1936 words
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Discussing the Relevance of the Bible for Christians Today - Discussing the Relevance of the Bible for Christians Today All world religions have sacred scriptures. They all teach that the world and universe were created, and that the universe has a purpose. Humans also have a purpose, which is explained in the Bible. Modern historians, archaeologists and scientists have stated that texts of the Bible are historical documents. Many of the writers of the Bible have influenced the world and its teachings have been taught all around the world....   [tags: Free Essays] 403 words
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Bible Vs. Koran - The Bible and The Koran A Comparative Analysis Christianity and Islam have several similar aspects. Both religions praise the same God, although they each have a different given name. Muslims refer to their god as Allah, and Christians simply refer to their god as God. Both religions are monotheistic, and both even have a set of religious laws that all who are righteous abide by. Muslims follow the Five Pillars of Islam, while Christians follow the Ten Commandments. Both religions even have their own religious texts: The Bible and The Koran....   [tags: Comparative Religion] 1618 words
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Hebrew Bible Exegesis - The translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible , have led to many versions of stories that we thought we knew, especially the book of Genesis and the first fall story . Hebrew words such as adam, and other significant words in Hebrew language will be the main focus on in this paper. These words can have very different meanings according to the exegetes and also of a person's belief system that is translating them. Thorough critical analysis of postexilic writings will cast doubt into believers of their faith that indeed, what they have been taught about the stories of the Bible are just one interpretation....   [tags: Religion] 1543 words
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Christ of the Holy Bible and Dionysus of Euripides - Christ of the Holy Bible and Dionysus of Euripides   Christ resembles Dionysus in many ways. Is it possible that Christ is simply an extension of the Dionysian myth. Though the concepts of wine and faith unite the two, the idea of revenge compared to self-sacrifice separates the two deities. Dionysus fits the Greek understanding of vengeful and selfish God that bear more anthropomorphic traits than Godly traits. Christ, however, transcends human desires for revenge and acts in self-sacrifice....   [tags: Comparison compare contrast essays]
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How to Be a Father and God's Example in the Bible - How to Be a Father and God's Example in the Bible Being a father is one of the greatest things a man can do. Not every man has what it takes to be a father. God has only granted certain men with this very important job. In a perfect world a man becomes a father when his wife gives birth to a child, but in today's society it is not necessarily a MAN's wife that may give birth to his child but a girlfriend. No matter how it happens it all starts out the same way. A man and a woman have sex and then if her egg is fertilized by the man's sperm she becomes impregnated....   [tags: Papers] 4620 words
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Accuracy in Epic of Gilgamesh and The Hebrew Bible - There is much debate over the historical accuracy of the Hebrew Bible and The Epic of Gilgamesh. Some claim that to understand a work of literature requires extensive knowledge of the background of this work. The contrary position is that a work of literature can be interpreted solely on it’s content. The meaning of the term classical literature is that it can be applied during any period of time, it is eternal. Yet the conditions surrounding the author might still be of interest to the reader, and of importance to the work....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays] 1389 words
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Comparing The Holy Bible and Crime and Punishment - The Bible and Crime and Punishment Dosteovsky's novel Crime and Punishment depicts the Biblical account of Jesus' path to crucifixion burdened with a wooden cross through the character of Raskolnikov. After committing a cold-blooded murder he experiences mental anguish, and in a defeated state, confesses, and accepts the consequences of his crime. Although the novel begins by focusing on the crime itself, the majority of the book discusses Raskolnikov's struggle through denial and redemption after the murder has been committed....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 445 words
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The Various Tools Used by the Writers of the Bible - The Various Tools Used by the Writers of the Bible Introduction The bible is most read book in the world today, as we know it. It is also the longest lasting book or should I say oldest, still available in our bookshelves across the world. The Lord has blessed us with the technology that we have today. We have computers, laptops, typewriters, and even pocket size machines that are capable of writing things down, or even voice recordings. But think back to the days when the words that fill the pages of the bible were being lived and mapped out....   [tags: Papers] 998 words
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It's Time for More Bible and Less Welfare - It's Time for More Bible and Less Welfare      Government has considered and tried many plans for dealing with poverty in the United States, from all different points of view-welfare, workfare, charities, economic interference, and the like. There is one method, however, which has fallen out of popularity in this age. This is the biblical method.   What God says about the poor The Christian, or biblical, view of poverty is liberal in some respects and conservative in others. For example, Paul gives this rule to the early church: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Brother Stories from the Holy Bible - When I was younger my brothers and I would fight over the attention and gratitude of my parents. From reading the Stories of brothers in the Bible I have discovered that brothers have been fighting ever since the beginning of time. Through the stories of Cain and Abel, and Jacob and Esau I have determined that Brothers stories are one of childhood ignorance and desire to obtain everything. Once adolescence has turned to adulthood, brothers seem to reform there ways toward each other due to the realization that you don’t need to have everything to obtain happiness....   [tags: Cain and Abel Jacob and Esau] 470 words
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Essay on Women in Iliad, Odyssey, and the Bible - Role of Women in Iliad, Odyssey, and the Bible Much is known of men in ancient civilizations, from the famous philosophers and mathematicians of Greece to the patriarchs and subsequent kings of the nation of Israel. It would seem, however, that history has forgotten the women of these times. What of the famous female thinkers of Ancient Greece, the distinguished stateswomen of Rome. What power did they hold. What was their position in societies of the distant past. A glimpse into the roles and influence of women in antiquity can be discovered in such ancient masterpieces as the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Hebrew Bible....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Bible As A Historical Document - Who Was Jesus? - I felt a very positive impression of who Jesus was after finishing the Book of Matthew. I had a new image of someone who was a down-to-earth, caring individual. I did not find quotes of Jesus that claimed being superior to the common man, of whom sinners could not look upon (a view that most people had of their Gods for centuries before). Matthew 12:49-50, Jesus announces to multitudes that they are his mother and brothers. In that way, he puts himself at an equal level to the people, rather than claiming to be a God above them....   [tags: World History Essays] 1394 words
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Relationship between The Bible and Power And Politics - The power and politics has been an issue since ancient times and still every much exist. Since biblical times, we as human beings have been battling power and politics as a problem of the world. The human society can trace our efforts to control this problem back to the greatest book every written, "The Holy Bible". Also, within power and political influences throughout WWI & WWII, the cold war, and this tension between the Third World and West end countries. Power and politics are not likely buddies, although ethical standards can progress into gain....   [tags: Religion] 815 words
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How does the Bible Influence Political Thought and Action in Our Culture? - ... The Bible has traditionally been recognized for its impact on modern literature, culture, and language with little emphasis on the significance of the book in politics. This emphasis has been misleading because the book has continued to have profound effects on national politics, particularly political thought and action. Actually, there is no other text or book that has been read so avidly in the political field for so long like the Bible. In essence, the Bible is regarded as the most important book or document in political history....   [tags: Laws, Rules, Government] 1177 words
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Differences Between the Story of Joseph in the Bible and Intricacies in Sura 12 of the Qur’an - ... The story of Joseph in the Qur’an bears profound significance compared to the stories of its other chronicled heroes. Joseph played a similar role to that of Muhammad during the origins of Islam in 622 C.E., spreading the idea of monotheism to the non-believers around him. Muhammad used this story while spreading his beliefs, helping others to understand the importance of the spread of monotheism and its social implications. In some instances, scholars even refer to Joseph as another prophet, and sura 12 is nicknamed the “Ahsan al-Qasas” or “Most beautiful of stories.” Joseph’s story portrays him as an idealized figure, a reference and example from the past that Muhammad could point to d...   [tags: genesis, christian, islam]
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Does the term “Bible Belt” still remain true for Southern states? - Does the term “Bible Belt” still remain true for Southern states. Did Facing the Giants depict religious life in the South accurately. From before I can remember, I was attending church and a part of children’s musicals. Church is like a second home and a huge aspect of my life. Religion is a common ground for many Southerners, and is a place to gather and catch up with one another, while in other parts of the country it tends to be a touchy topic. Religion is one of many aspects that developed the South into what it is known for today....   [tags: Religion]
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