In The Essence of the New Testament: A Survey, Towns and Gutierrez, the authors concur with other Biblical scholars understanding that â€œthe teaching of Romans is not only crucial for Christian theology, but the greatest revivals and reformations throughout the history of Christianity have resulted from an increased understanding and application of the teaching of this epistleâ€ This essay will attempt to summarize how the first 8 chapters of this amazingly written Book of Romans shapes my own personal Biblical worldview. I will first look at 4 areas in which Paul specifically presents clear evidence to his readers of the truth of the Gospel Message. The first area He presents is in regard to the natural world that surrounds all mankind. In Romanâ€™s 1: 19,20 Paul writes â€œFor what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. â€ I remember as a child in Sunday school that I was often taught about God by looking at natural world that surrounded me. The sunrise, the rainbow, the oceans and many more wonders that pointed me to a God who was not only very powerful but very loving, too. He gives us rain so the soil can produce food and sunlight to give warmth and water to provide life to every living thing He created. Paul presented this basic truth about God because all mankind can easily relate to the amazing natural world that affects his of her everyday life. God has created an amazing order to His World so man must know that the world they live in is a divine creation. Seeing God in nature is not only evidence for me that He is real, but also I see this natural world as another of the beautiful gifts that He gives us to enjoy. And for me, it is a strong reminder each day that God loves me. The second area Paul focuses on is our own human identity. Manâ€™s identity is built on what he has clearly seen in nature. So, Paul quickly moves to point out that once humans have experienced Godâ€™s creation and they choose not toÂ honor Him â€œThey are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God of give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. â€ Romans1 :20-21. Paul goes on to list the many sinful ways of the darkened minds that chose not to honor God. The inspired list of sins that Paul declares leaves no room for any man to truly believe that he is without sin. It is in that list of sins that Paul shows the separation of all mankind from God. It is only in that place of acknowledgment of sin that man can begin to understand his or her human identity. My own human identity is shaped more and more each day as I choose to stand before God acknowledging that I am a sinner. I have a world view that is changing to become more understanding of the need to spread the Gospel message because of my increased awareness of my own sin nature. The third and forth areas of Paulâ€™s writing in Romans builds on the first two. Now that mankind has had the obvious evidence of the existence of God in Nature, and now that mankind has seen that he fits somewhere on the list of behaviors that do not honor God, Paul moves on to point out the affects of ungodly living. Mankind began to worship idols, and humans turned against each other as the result of turning their hearts and minds against God. Because of mansâ€™ choice to turn from God, the sinful nature of man was as plain to see in the culture of the day as was the nature of God was plain to see in the natural world He had created. Any man whose heart was not completely heartened could begin to see that Paulâ€s message about God was full of truth. When I look back at the times in my life when I have lived without God. Or when I live knowing Him without really realizing that He is in control, not me; I begin to feel the emptiness that living without Him brings to me and those around me. Not only emptiness, but sometimes total chaos due to lack of purpose. As I realize my own personal struggles with faith, I can see how this world needs a savior, too! Paul presents evidence of a people and of a culture that has turned from God. As the Jews put themselves above Greeks and dissension grew among so many different cultures, the will of God had become lost. Paulâ€™s writing in Romanâ€™s made clear what Godâ€™s will is for mankind. To summarize, Paul presented a biblical world view in Romans that no man could truthfully reject. God can be seen in nature. Just as God can be seen in nature so can the sinful nature of man be seen in culture we live in. All mankind knows this truth in their heart yet all men refuse to totally honor God. â€œSince all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God;â€ Romans 3:23 Paul sets the stage for mankind to accept the Gospel message of forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. Thank God for the inspired writing that is the Book of Romans. It can inspire all itsâ€™ reader to take a trip on the Roman Road to Salvation.
The French Revolution was an unstable, blood-filled time. With 20,000 sent to the
guillotine and an equal number to prison, it is not hard to find importance but rather to
find meaning. The most crucial thing to look for in the revolution is justification, reasons
that excuse or bring significance to the deaths of many. John Locke, a philosophe of the
time, may have argued that a leader who does not provide his people with inalienable
rights is grounds for dismissal in the form of regicide1. On the other hand Thomas
Hobbes, also a philosopher, may have taken a different argument. It was his belief that
â€˜man is a bruteâ€™, therefore he needs a dictator to keep the peace. John Lockeâ€™s idealistic
view point if practiced properly could have provided the lower class of France with
equality, something the were desperately in need of. The Thomas Hobbes approach
which advocates control, could not have provided the people with such liberation, but in
theory should be able to maintain the peace among the people, the peace that seemed so
lacking during the French Revolution. The French Revolution was a disaster for the
following reasons: it happened too fast, it went too far, and it achieved too little.
Â Â Â Â Â Thomas Paine a radical thinker of the era once said â€˜Time makes more converts
than reasonâ€™. With this quote we can see why revolution was successful in England, but
not France. England slowly used the Magna Carta (1213), Petition of Rights (1628), and
the Habeas Corpus Act (1679) to limit itâ€™s monarch. It was a long road that was by no
means perfect. With monarchs who paid little attention to the act(s) in place during their
reign and parliament, like James (1603-1625) and Charles I (1625-1649) it was hard to
see progress quickly. These acts played a vital role in Britainâ€™s journey to democracy,
through them came proper representation of the people, equality, and what is now known
as the â€˜Glorious Revolutionâ€™.
Â Â Â Â Â France seemed to be on itâ€™s way to a similar fate. In 1789, the Estates-General2
had now received a promise of a head count from Louis XVI. Prior to this time the very
large third estate3 (26 million) had the same number of representatives in the
Estates-General as the first estate4 (100,000) and the second estate5 (400,000) combined.
Once the Estates-General had been renamed the National Assembly by the third estate a
constitution was in the works. During this time the people of France became restless,
food shortages plagued the country side. It also appeared that Louis XVI might dissolve
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