Envy or Jealousy?

Jealousy and envy are nasty things to have present in your life.  They can take over your thoughts and life, just as it did with Satan when he was banished from heaven.  But just what was Satan’s primary motivation?  Jealousy or envy?  Before we jump to any conclusions let’s find out what exactly the meaning … More Envy or Jealousy?

My Impression of the ‘Spiritual Exercises’

What kind of impression were you left with by the Spiritual Exercises?  Why is Ignatius concerned about careless discussion of faith and good works?   St. Ignatius Loyola founded the Catholic Jesuit Order, or the Society of Jesus, and wrote Spiritual Exercises.  I was given the opportunity to read an excerpt of this literary work.  … More My Impression of the ‘Spiritual Exercises’

Some of Luther’s Ideas in ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’

In reading a selection from Martin Luther’s On the Freedom of a Christian Luther expressed many of his views on just what the title of his book states: the freedom of a Christian. First, Luther says that a Christian should live by faith in God alone rather than completing works.  He says that by doing … More Some of Luther’s Ideas in ‘On the Freedom of a Christian’

The Illegitimate Story

“Why did Boccaccio have the first story teller invoke God?” In the first novel of Boccaccio’s Decameron Boccaccio had one of the characters (one of the story tellers) invoke God at the beginning and at the end of the novel.   [For clarification purposes invoke means to call for with earnest desire.] With the definition of … More The Illegitimate Story

A Pencil

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ~Genesis 1:1 As I write the rough draft of this essay I am using a pencil. How often do you use a pencil? Have you ever wondered how a pencil is made? I honestly cannot remember if I have ever wondered such a thought. Well, … More A Pencil

Paul and Justin’s Concept of God’s Sovereignty

From what I grasped by reading and comparing Paul and Justin’s writings on God’s sovereignty I found that there is a substantial difference between the two. First off, Paul believed that all things that occurred were predestined by God. In other words, God planned every occurrence or outcome before anything happened. In Paul’s view God … More Paul and Justin’s Concept of God’s Sovereignty

Existence of God

Thomas Aquinas argues the existence of God on the basis of potentially and actuality. For example, an essentially ordered series is a sequence in which each member of that sequence relies on another member to complete an action. Such as, if you have a stone and a stick, the stick pushes the stone, but what … More Existence of God