Topics in CRSWhy does suffering and pain exist? Forgiveness: Jesus' teaching on forgiveness and its importance What is Forgiveness? Jesus' teaching on forgiveness Jesus' teaching on giving The Prodigal Son, Moral lessons learnt The Prodigal Son, Moral lessons learnt Part 2 Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 1st Term Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 2nd Term Scheme of work, CRS, SS1, 3rd Term Biblical account of Creation Biblical account of Creation, part 2 Consequences of the disobedience of Adam and Eve Consequences of the disobedience of Adam and Eve, part 2 The early years of Jesus Biblical account of First Human Disobedience Attributes of God explained Leadership qualities of Joseph that can transform your life Suffering - Our Response to Suffering and the Beauty of Suffering Sovereignty of God with Bible References
Academic Questions in CRS
Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?
A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'
B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit
C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat
D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding
E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye
F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made
That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?
A. God called out to Adam and Eve
B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively
C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'
D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam
E. God declared his anger to man
F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately
The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.
A. Telling her she would be wise
B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit
C. Telling her she will be like God
D. Asking her a simple question
E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit
F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing
God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.
B. Self existence
The following are attributes of God except _____.
F. Options A through E are correct
_____ is the first son of Jacob.
What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?
A. He will be restored to his former position
B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains
C. He will see his family again
D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison
E. He will die in prison
F. He will be shown mercy by the king
Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.
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Do you know that failure to forgive our brothers, sisters and neighbors can actually act as a barricade to the gifts we offer to God? Yes, God is more interested in our hearts compared to the gifts we offer. Jesus affirmed to this when he said:
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
Pondering on the words of Jesus, 'to err becomes human while to forgive reflects divinity'. Consequently, just as it is better to give than to receive, forgiveness also benefits the forgiver than the forgiven.
While teaching the people the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5). Jesus stated categorically that those who forgive and show mercy are blessed; and they will obtain mercy in return.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy
The point is: We must practice the act of forgiveness as often as possible because our life in itself is a function of God's mercy. In all sincerely, our forgiveness on those who hurt us is a prerequisite for our salvation.
Note: It is in the Father's nature to forgive. Jesus emphasized on this narrative in his parable on the prodigal son.
During the life of Jesus, the Pharisee decided to put him to the test and once again, Jesus saw this as an excellent means to showcase the power of forgiveness (John 8:1-11).
In the above bible passage, a woman was brought before Jesus. This woman had been caught in the very act of adultery and was to be stoned to death according to the Jewish law.
Interestingly, the pharisees and their followers probably had stones in the hands; but waiting for Jesus' reaction in an attempt to trap him by his words, while also carrying out their unforgiving act on the woman afterwards.
Teacher, ' they said to Jesus, 'this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?'.
They kept pressurizing Jesus for an answer but eventually he showed that none of them was innocent and as such had no right to stone her to death. He said and I quote:
Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.
At hearing Jesus' words, they began to leave one after the other, beginning with the elders.
Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, 'Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?'
'No, Lord,' she said. And Jesus said, 'Neither do I. Go and sin no more.'
Understand that through this very act, Jesus modified the Mosaic law of 'stoning to death a woman caught in the act of adultery' with forgiveness.
Note: This very act of forgiveness from Jesus transformed the woman's life and she became a perfect example of what his followers should be.
Jesus always knew the very importance of forgiveness and for this reason, he gave his apostles the power to forgive sin.
If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.
It is noteworthy that to forgive and be forgiven has numerous implications on our lives. The importance of forgiveness are fundamental to our physical and spiritual lives respectively. They include the following:
Forgiveness earns us God's blessing. Amazingly, an unforgiven spirit is a major factor holding certain people backwards regarding the successes of their lives.
The act of forgiveness can heal us of our illnesses
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.
Forgiveness heals the hurt and pains in our heart and soul.
Medically, forgiveness lowers the risk of heart attack, improves cholesterol levels and sleep. It also lowers the blood pressure and anxiety thus eliminating depression and stress in the long run.
Forgiveness is an act of love and love covers a multitude of sins
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.1st Peter 4:8
Forgiveness fosters unity and unity brings forth achievements.
Please read on cooperation and factors that promote it here.
Forgiveness results into a better relationship with others.
You can read on consequences of conflict and solutions conflict here.
I can go on and on but the point still remains that our forgiveness from God is dependent on us based on our actions with ourselves and others. In fact, the acts of our forgiveness will go a long way into tapping from Jesus' overall forgiving action on the cross.
Forgiveness is a 'two way traffic'. The ultimate sacrifice of forgiveness had been offered by Jesus on the cross but nevertheless, we must emulate his actions of forgiveness on that cross in order to obtain God's mercy.
Note: The fire of the holy spirit brings about love, forgiveness, hope and other christian virtues. We should not invoke it in an attempt to curse or condemn or judge our enemies. The bible affirmed this in Luke 6:37. It states:
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
All Bible quotation are taken from the New International Version (NIV) Bible.
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Amazing facts in CRS
There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible
Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible
The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:
The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:
Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language
The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen
The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:
If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English
NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS
Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.
According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.
Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.
By looks, Joseph is a handsome young man and Potipher’s wife could not take her seductive eyes off him. She made a series of sexual advances to Joseph but he clearly refused her in all the attempts she had made. Joseph showed discipline and fear of the Lord during this period of temptation.
After failed attempts to seduce Joseph, she finally got hold of a piece of Joseph’s garment when Joseph ran away from her sexual seduction. She became furious, perhaps afraid that Joseph might report her to Potipher, her husband. She therefore lied to Potipher that Joseph attempted to seduce her and she ran away grabbing a piece of Joseph’s clothing. She showed Potipher the cloth as a proof of her lies. For this reason, Potipher imprisoned Joseph.
Joseph had always prospered every where he found himself, and the prison is not an exception. Even in the prison, the warden promoted him by putting him in charge of all the prisoners.
Below are some qualities of Joseph that made him a great leader in Egypt:
Discipline: Joseph had every chance to commit sin with the King’s wife when he was tempted. However, because he had discipline over his body, he said no and eventually had himself imprisoned.
Faithfulness: Joseph is a man of great faith. He believed completely in God and would rather suffer his body than to gratify it in adultery.
He also proved his faith in Potipher’s business, showing that he can be trusted.
You can read on the consequences of Adam and Eve's unfaithfulness here
Humility: Even though he was the 11th child of his father’s old age, he remained humble to his brothers when they hated him. His humility is one virtue that made him a great leader in Egypt.
Gracious: Joseph was gracious to his brothers who betrayed him. He showed compassion and mercy in their time of greatest need. He gave them food and forgave them during the time of severe famine.
Selfless: He gave his time to the service of others, interpreting dreams and helping them to successfully manage their affairs. This made him promoted in every situation he found himself, whether as a slave, a prisoner or a free man.
Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering; while also practically assisting and praying for those who suffer.
The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.
Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying.
Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist
Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy.
Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP);
Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.
Pain is a sign that something unpleasant is about to happen, is happening or had happened. It creates a memory to avoid facing another future (similar) danger. For instance, think of 'a baby and a fire'. The baby touched the fire previously and got hurt. Now when he encounters the fire, he won’t touch it.
As we grow, we experience different forms of suffering, some of which will define our destiny. Consider this instance of a legendary footballer below:
Christiano Ronaldo is a footballer who had achieved greatness because he spent extra hours on trainings, fitness and hard-work. We can see the efforts of his work on the pitch. If he had gone about drinking, trying to avoid the stress and suffering of trainings, he may not have become what he is.
Also, students suffer sleepless nights to get good grades.
Without suffering and pains, we would not properly understand the true meanings of love, joy, faith, hope, contentment, perseverance and victory. All of these things happen because of suffering.