New Testament: Analysis of 1 Peter and 1 John

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Bible is not only the book that teaches us to live the way Christians do and tries to analyze the purpose of Christian life, but also makes an attempt to help us understand who God is, and makes some suggestions concerning the way we should view the world. I will analyze the two books of Bible - 1 Peter and 1 John. I think that these two books are quite different, as they present two contrasting views of the world. 1 Peter and 1 John present different way of viewing God, Cristian life and its purpose, and even use different models of perceiving the reality.

In his book Peter presents God as "the Father" (1 Pet. 1:2), however he is the "Father who judges each man's work impartially". (1 Pet. 1:17). Peter believes that even in spite of suffering, Christians should never lose their faith and believe in God's justice. Peter suggests that Christians must praise God, have faith in him, even though they have to "suffer grief in all kinds of trials" (1 Pet. 1:6). Peter encourages to love God and believe in him even without seeing him. Christians must prepare their minds for action, be self-controlled, and, like obedient children, should set their hope fully on grace and not conform their evil desires. Peter considers that Christians should live in "reverent fear" as strangers, because they were redeemed with "the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect." (1 Pet. 1:19).

From the first book of Peter we learn that we must love our Father truly and deep in our hearts, because "all men are like grass and their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever." (1 Pet. 2:24). So, we see that everything can be destroyed, but the word of God is eternal. Peter also says that Christians "like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Pet. 2:5). Here we see that Christians received the mercy of God, and even though they were considered to be a separate nation, Father has chosen them for his church. Peter presents Jesus as a cornerstone of this Christian church.

This book reveals that Peter uses Jewish Penal Code Mentality model. He insists that Christians should suffer, fear God, and submit themselves to every authority instituted among men for Lord's sake, because by doing good Christians will silence those who are ignorant. Peter presents Jesus Christ as an excellent example of a person who suffered in the name of God, and considers that suffering is very good for Christians and they should appreciate it, as it is approved by God. Here we see that Christians are suggested to live as free people, but avoid using their freedom "as a cover-up for evil", as they are servants of God. (1 Pet. 2:16). They are called to fear and honor God who is presented as their king and master, to whom they must submit themselves as slaves with all respect. And in Peter's opinion, slaves have to submit themselves not only to those masters that are good, but also to those that are harsh.

Making the suggestions towards the way Christians should live their life, he stresses that inner beauty is much more important than physical one. Therefore, wives should reveal their inner beauty and show the beauty of their gentle spirit, while husbands should respect their wives and show their honor towards them. Peter summons Christians to "live in harmony with one another", build their lives on sympathy, love, humbleness, and compassion. They must repay even evil with blessing to inherit the blessing themselves. Christians must have peace in their heart, avoid evil, and live a righteous life. However, Peter is still sure that Christians have to suffer. In his opinion, God blessed his children by suffering, therefore, they have to pass all these trials in order to be born again in Christ, who is a perfect example of bearing suffering and persecutions. So, Peter...
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