Personal Narrative: The Lord's Prayer

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I vividly remember the first time I got on my knees to pray. I was four-years-old, and I was with my mom. She taught me the Lord’s Prayer, and after that she told me to repeat these words: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. And if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take” (Johnstone). The last part of the prayer is what my family always said which was “bless mommy and daddy, and everyone in the whole wide world. Amen.” Saying these prayers and going to church every Sunday became routine to me. As I got older I realized that my family strongly supported not only the Holy Bible, but the Baptist church’s morals and beliefs. I would definitely consider the church my family’s plausibility structure because …show more content…
The kingdom of God is known as a place where “the poor and the weak are exalted” (Hughes 51). Everything in the kingdom of God is paradoxical because it is so unpredictable. Christians cannot assume what God will do next, but they can predict his next action based off of what he is known to have done. Believers must have faith that he will do what he said he would, and the best evidence of God’s existence is the Bible. For example, in the book of Matthew the Beatitudes is an illustration of how powerful the reign of God is compared to the Roman Empire. The kingdom of God is “lifts up those who suffer at the empire’s hands,” so God protected those under the wrath of the empire. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God” - Matthew 5:9 (The Holy Bible). This Beatitude was specifically targeted at the Israelites because they were being oppressed by the Roman Empire. Hughes thought that Jesus was acknowledging that God knew the chaos was occurring in the empire and God was informing the Israelites that they would inherit the kingdom of God (Hughes 70). With that being said both a peacemakers and a children of God were automatically accepted into his kingdom because they were considered …show more content…
In the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson does not explicitly state God’s name but says “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them” (The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription). Hughes points out that Jefferson is implying to deism in this particular line. A deistic is someone that knows God exists, but that God does not get involved in the world. Jefferson’s line does not point to a specific religious community, but at Americans. His statement about God and nature was something that everyone could believe in and relate to. Jefferson did a great job by including everyone in, and not calling out any religious groups, which is something that Berger would applaud him for. Berger defines religion as “the human enterprise by which a sacred cosmos is reestablished” (Berger 25). He means that there is a higher power other than man, and it could be an object or even an experience. People have to internalize religion in order to externalize it, which is usually a life-long process. When individuals externalize the concept of religion they can then use religion as their legitimation for questions. It is difficult to answer religious questions, but Christians should try their best to or else their faith will not sound

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