Something that appears to break the law of nature; reveals something about God and strengthens/refines the faith of believers.
Jesus is what kind of revelation?
He is the culmination or fullest way of revealing who God is. Hebrews 1 describes him as the 'exact representation' of God.
Name a miracle that happens in John's Gospel.
Here are all of them: chapter: 2 Water into Wine, 4 Healing the officials son, 5 Healing at the pool, 6 Walk on water, 6 feeding 5,000 people, 9 healing a blind man, 11 raising Lazarus, 20 the empty tomb, 21 the catch of fish.
What is the difference between a humanist and a theistic perspective?
One believes that we made God, and the other believes that God made us.
What did Paley's watch demonstrate?
That if there is a design, then there must be a designer behind it.
How does the first cause argument help reinforce the idea that there is a God?
Where is it all start? Something must be there to get things moving in the first place.
Give two forms of vision.
Corporeal - eg the burning bush with Moses and Imaginative - eg a dream.
How does John chapter 1 link with the cosmological argument?
It talks about Jesus being there at the start and all things coming from his creative power.
Explain the effect of a miracle on faith.
It is just like a film trailer - you get a small taste of the real thing and you want more.
How does Hebrews 1 reinforce the idea that Jesus is the best revelation of God?
It describes Jesus as the 'exact representation' of God. Whatever Jesus said or did, God himself was saying or doing that thing.
What is the difference between something that is objective or subjective?
Objective is something you test like a scientific measurement (eg the length of something), subjective is hard to prove because it is an inner impression or experience (eg being in love)
Why is it important to question sources of authority?
Because if the voice is unreliable then you can't trust what they are saying. Can you trust the claims of the Bible?
In three miracles, Jesus says he is something. What is the link?
He says I am the bread of life (while multiplying loaves), I am the light of the world (while giving sight to a blind man) and I am the resurrection (while raising a dead guy). Each miracle is pointing to Jesus.
Give an example of natural evil.
Give an example of moral evil.
Explain the idea of the 'inconsistent triad'.
Each point of the triangle seems to affect the other. If God is strong and loving then why does evil exist? If God is strong and evil exists, how can he be loving etc.
What is it about God being omnipotent that might lead some to say he is mean?
If he is powerful then why didn't he stop that thing happening? He is probably uncaring.
Why might someone think that God is weak?
If God loves us but he doesn't stop evil from happening, then he probably is not strong enough to stop it.
What is it about God being both strong and loving that might lead someone to conclude that he has a mysterious purpose up his sleeve?
It is baffling how he allows Joseph, Job and Jesus to suffer -only later do we discover that there was some hidden mysterious purpose and that je is loving and strong after all.
Give three bible responses to suffering.
Joseph forgave his brothers and showed grace, Job worshipped God and trusted him, Jesus endured the cross but was later raised to life.
In ways might different people respond to suffering positive?
FOSS-IP. They might have stronger FAITH, they might think if OTHERS, they might get STRONGER, the might find later SUCCESS, they might say it ISN'T POINTLESS.
What are 'theodicies'?
When someone makes an argument about why God allows suffering.