Theo 201 Short Essay 300

Name: Jonathan Anderson Dr. Chris Gnanakan Class: THEO 201-001 Date: 30 October 2014 Reflection Paper #2 Introduction Devine sovereignty and human responsibility are two things that seem to contradict each other in that human responsibility seems to be trying to change something that is already determined. Devine sovereignty means God has supreme control over everything that has happened, is happening and will happen in the future. He has already planned out every detail of every second. Human responsibility includes things such as praying. But what is the role of praying and human responsibility is God has already planned out the future? Can it possibly change God’s mind? This is why it seems to be so hard for these two things to coexist. Critique God does not will that humans suffer but sometimes that is a part of his plan. Jesus loved Lazarus and was very good friends with him but he allowed him to die because it was all a part of his will. Through every evil circumstance, God has a plan for it. Romans 5:3-5 says, “more

Jonathan D. Anderson Dr. Gnanakan Theo 201 3 September 2014 Reflection Paper 1 1. I have carefully read the 11 page Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics. As an Evangelical Christian, I believe that it is vitally important for every other Christian to know and understand the Bible. God’s Word is the only means that we have here on earth that can be used to know more about Him. This being said, the value of this statement is immeasurable as it clarifies the issues and principles of the document upon which the whole Christian faith is based. Many average Christians, such as myself, have only a basic understanding of the Bible and therefore struggle when faced with tough questions about the Bible or Christianity. The Bible can sometimes be confusing for those of us with a limited understanding or a fuzzy view on certain subjects the Bible addresses. This statement can clear those things up can empower every Evangelical Christian with the truth of God’s Word.

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