Reflection Essay #1

Topics: Bible, Biblical canon, Torah, Hebrew Bible, Old Testament / Pages: 8 (1933 words) / Published: Mar 13th, 2014
February 4, 2014
THEO 104
Reflection Assignment #1

Introduction:
The two topics I have chosen for my reflection paper are “The Authority of the Bible” and “Faith in God”. I have chosen these two topics because for me they are perhaps the two most important topics that we have discussed so far. What I will attempt to provide in this paper are my personal life experiences and beliefs in regard to my faith in God and the authority of the Bible while reinforcing these personal beliefs with scripture as well as from material that we have read in class.

Faith in God:
Have you ever been going through a hard time and had someone say to you “everything will be fine, all you have to do is have faith.” I know this has happened to me more times than I can even begin to count. And more times than not when I was younger I would simply nod my head and think “yeah right, what does that even mean anyway, have faith?” Well, that’s a great question, because I feel that faith can have a multitude of different meanings. However, the meaning that I want to focus on is bars none the most important kind of faith we can ever experience; and that is of course faith in God.

Growing up I never knew much about being a Christian or the importance of having faith in God. In fact, the argument could be easily made that I was an atheist. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that the Christian religion wasn’t introduced to me a time or ten as I was growing up. No, actually just the opposite was the case, I can recall being forced to go to church on Sunday morning, Sunday night, and on Wednesday evenings for Bible study. However I was going for all the wrong reasons; I was going because I was being made to go rather than because I wanted to go. In making me attend church in this manner as a youth I developed a rebellious attitude and/or resentment towards everything that was being said by the pastor. In other words, I as a child had heard the words that were being preached but, I chose to

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