Thinking Out Loud

September 26, 2008

The Core of Christianity

Filed under: bible, Christianity, Church, Faith — Tags: , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 11:04 am

“…if Paul, James, Peter, and Stephen are good sources…a Christian is someone who has chosen to follow Christ’s practices, repenting of unloving acts that God hates, and believes Jesus is the Christ (as shown by his Resurrection) who has been given power over Heaven and Earth, including the office of Judge.”

New blogger David Rudel looks at the heart of Christianity as preached in the book of Acts at Authentic Christianity.   My wife thought that blog readers here might find the chart below espcially interesting insofar as it clearly defines what was included and what wasn’t; but you’re encouraged to link to the entire article.

Passage
in Acts
Jesus is
Messiah
Jesus
Arose
Jesus
is Lord
Jesus will
Judge All
Repent! Believers go
to Heaven
Heathens
go to Hell
2: 14-41 x x x
x

3: 12-26
x
x
x

x


4: 8-12
x
x





5: 30-32
x
x
x




5: 42
x






7: 1-53
x






9: 22
x






10: 34-43
x
x
x
x



13: 16-41
x
x
x

x


14: 14-17



x



17: 2-4
x
x





17: 18-31

x

x
x


18: 5
x






18: 28
x






20: 20-22


x

x


22: 1-21
x
x





26: 1-29
x
x





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2 Comments »

  1. Hmmm… that’s a cool chart.

    Comment by Dave Carrol — September 26, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  2. David Rudel is certainly an interesting read and I am quite sure would be a great person to talk over a latte at a Coffee shop. But David appears to be easing too close to the line of literalism.

    What I am attempting to say that unlike Matthew’s gospel where we was a stenographer who took short hand (that was a requirement of a custom’s official of that day) and could take down Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount Verbatim – We don’t really have complete transcriptions of how the Disciples actually preached, what scriptures they quoted, and what they said as a completed sermon.

    So just because the Holy Spirit doesn’t discuss a subject (Hell, damnation, Slavery allowed or disallowed, etc) does not mean that it is not important or should not be discounted.

    Telling people to Repent (according to the chart) is not terribly helpful if they are not given a pretty specific criteria of what they have broken. Repent is also not useful if they don’t know what the benefits or punishments are for either side of the choice. So we can certainly imply that they information was clearly and specifically mentioned to those listening.

    I like the chart as an interesting Data point – I just hope that people don’t make the chart out to be more than it is.

    Comment by Koinonos — January 2, 2009 @ 10:16 pm


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