1. When it explains that anger and hate are

1.     Select
one teaching of Jesus from one of the following Bible verses (underline the passage
chosen): Matthew 5:21-24; Matthew 5:43-48; Matthew 6:19-24; Matthew
7:15-23; Luke 15:1-32; John 13:1-17, 34-35; John 15:1-11. Answer the following
questions:

a.     What
was Jesus’ point in the teaching?

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In Matthew 5:21-24 it describes
the severity of all sins. In this verse, it explains that no matter how small a
sin may seem, it is just as bad as murder in the eyes of the Lord. The main
point of this teaching is to not hate your brothers or sisters and love one
another instead of focusing on the hate and anger because it is viewed the same
as murder. Whether it is hate or murder you will still be judged to the fullest
severity by the Lord. It is said that if you have anger towards someone or vice
versa you are in need to make up with one another to avoid compounding sins.

 

b.     What
sort of relevance does this teaching have for other worldviews?

In many worldviews alike, you are
expected to be the best you can be. With your personal worldview holding
yourself to that standard for yourself should be a part of that vision. With that
being said, one should not waste time hating one another. In the Christian worldview
and non-religious worldviews there is a fear of judgement, whether that being
from God, your peers, or your family. The way to practice this teaching for
religious worldviews is you are expected to follow the 10 commandments and
focus on the teachings from the bible while non-religious worldviews would be
expected to follow the law and personal priorities and morals.

 

 

c.     What
does this teaching reveal about Jesus?

In this verse from the book of
Matthew, God reveals that he believes in morals and mankind. When it explains
that anger and hate are sins and viewed as serious as murder, it shows the Lord
wants love and high morals on his Earth. He does not want hate and so when
there is anger he treats it to the severity of murder in hopes to prevent mankind
from hating one another in fear of judgement or being perished.

 

2.     Identify
at least one claim that Jesus made about his nature and/or the purpose of his
ministry (such as in Matthew 9:1-8; Matt 9:9-13; Luke 7:18-23; John
5:16-18; John 10:25-38; or John 14:5-11). Underline the passage chosen. What is
the significance of this claim?

Matthew 9:1-8 holds a story where Jesus heals a man after
granting him forgiveness. The claim is that there was a man with paralysis who
had four men carry him to Jesus to ask for forgiveness, when Jesus saw the extent
of faith portrayed by the man with paralysis Jesus granted him the forgiveness
he came to seek. Many were thinking that a man who is not God does not have the
power to forgive. After hearing what the crowd of disbelievers were thinking Jesus
felt the need to prove that God gave him the power to forgive, so he healed the
man and left the crowd in absolute awe.  “But I want you to know that the Son of Man has
authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, ‘Get
up, take your mat and go home.’  Then
the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw
this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.” (Matthew 9:6-8) The
significance displayed is that anyone can seek forgiveness for sins and with
the right amount of trying and faith, Jesus can and will forgive you.

 

3.     How
would you personally answer Jesus’ question, “But who do you say that I am?” (Mark
8:29 ESV). Describe your own beliefs about Jesus.

While many view Jesus as this super-human god-like being,
for someone who is not religious that is not fair to say. Personally, the
question of who Jesus is, is quite simple. Jesus and God are the answers to the
difficult questions of Earth life, and all living things. For someone who is
not religious it would not be correct to call him a savior, messiah, a prophet,
et cetera. He is more of an answer. When there is a difficult question, such
as, how we got here? Why is there this on Earth? Why does this thing happen? Along
with many other questions, it is so easy to say, well because God or Jesus felt
it was necessary. This being said, the belief that there is a God and Jesus is
not far-fetched in my opinion. However, personally the belief in God and Jesus,
is not something I believe.