World View implications
Name: Annmarie Richardson
School affiliation: Grand Canyon University
Date : 4/16/2015
Topic 6 Study Guide
1. Read the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20.
a. Briefly list the commandments.
The Ten Commandments, also known as Decalogue direct the Israelites: i. Not to worship other gods before their God
ii. Not to make idols
iii. Not to take the name of God in vain
iv. To remember and keep holy the Sabbath day
v. To honor the parents
vi. Not to murder
vii. Not to commit adultery
viii. Not to steal
ix. Not to bear false witnesses against the neighbors
x. Not to covet
How do the first four commandments differ from the last six? The first four commandments focus on the relationship between man and God. They command man to revere God and worship Him only. Further, the Sabbath day should be honored as the day a man focuses on their creator. On the other hand, the other six, focus on the relationship between man and another. The emphasis is that people should live harmoniously with one another, thus eliminating vices such as murder, stealing, disrespect, adultery, coveting and bearing false witnesses (Exodus 20, King James Version). 2. Read the Beatitudes, the blessings of Jesus in the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5:1-12. Which one is repeated and emphasized? In the beatitudes, the last one is repeated and emphasized. Jesus first says that blessed will the people be when they are persecuted for the sake of righteousness because they will inherit the kingdom of god. He repeats in verse 12 and emphasize that blessings will be reaped when men revile and persecute his disciples for His sake. In verse 13, He indicates that his disciples should rejoice and be glad because they would have a great reward in the ultimate end. 3. From the lecture, what two commandments did Jesus say are the greatest? In Matthew 36-39, Jesus gives the two greatest commandments. Firstly, people should love their God with all their hearts, soul, and mind. Secondly, people should love their neighbor as they love themselves. 4. From the lecture and textbook, write out the short quote that philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche made famous about truth. The philosopher indicated that truth will have no other Gods alongside it. 5. From the textbook, describe how Raphael, in his great painting School of Athens, depicted Plato and Aristotle. In the great painting, the central figures are Plato and Aristotle, who seem to be in a deep conservation as they walk. Plato is seen at the vanishing point of the architecture and holds a copy of Timaeus. He is depicted as an old and wise man. On the other hand, Aristotle is younger man holding a copy of Nicomachean ethics. He walks ahead of Plato. While the two figures carry their Timaeus and Nicomachean ethics copies with their left hand, they gesture with their right hands. Nonetheless, they gesture in different visual planes, with Plato gesturing upwards while Aristotle gestures horizontally.
6. According to the lecture, what kind of absolute truths require the existence of God? Absolute truth refers to what is essential, valid, or ideal; regardless of the context. It means that the quality of truth cannot be exceeded at any point. In relationship with existence of God, it refers to the source of authority that cannot be disputed. For instance, the bible is essential and ideal to dictate an individual’s faith or set of beliefs. 7. Briefly define General and Special Revelation.
God chooses to reveal himself in two ways namely general and special revelation. General revelation refers to the general truths that are known about God after one observes the nature. On the other hand, individuals can know about God through the supernatural or special ways. 8. From chapter 8 of the textbook, define exclusivism and pluralism. Exclusivism is a situation where a group believes that God has revealed the truth to them and that the rest of humanity is...
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