Romans 1-8: Theories On The Basics Of Christianity

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If you are like me, you have heard at least a dozen theories on the basics of Christianity from different preachers. I was raised in a Christian school and had the privilege of hearing preaches of all different denominations and ways of thinking give their opinions of the world in a Biblical context. The problem seemed to be that many of them had different opinions. I found that Romans 1-8 is a good place to start uncovering God’s truth for areas such as: the natural world, human identity, human relationships, culture, and what my worldview should be.

One of the greatest truths that I cling to concerning the natural world is found in Romans 4. Through the testimony of Abraham, the entirety of Romans chapter four points to the fact that
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There are preachers who preach that humans are worthless rags, while others preach that they are near equal to God himself. Besides those two complete opposites, there are many people in between. The Romans 3:10-18 makes it clear that humans are not righteous on their own. However, in the following verses it makes it equally as clear that Christ has made us righteous through our faith in Him. God is always faithful to us. I think it is important that we view ourselves unworthy if God calls us worthy. God thought we were worth sending His Child to die for. If we think about how much Jesus loves us, it makes impossible to one: not love him back, two: not love ourselves, and three: not love others. When we find our identity in Christ, we begin to look at ourselves differently, as well as other differently. Finding the identity of humans in Christ should alter the way treat …show more content…
When we begin to find our identity in Christ, it should cause us to value other people more, and it should make us treat others better. “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children (Romans 8:16 NIV)”. We are sons and daughters of God. That means that we are also brothers and sisters. We are all on an equal playing field with the mission of loving God. That is important to remember. The bible instructs us in several places to love others and put them above ourselves. It is important to do that while remembering that we are not in a competition against one another. Once we realize we are not in a competition against others, it becomes easier to treat one another as brothers and sisters rather than

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