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Bible paper - Satyanarayan 1 The essence of religion formulates a very human desire to communicate with the natural world through higher beliefs

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Satyanarayan The essence of religion formulates a very human desire to communicate with the natural world through higher beliefs. Yet, as with the human condition, the process by which religion occurs varies immensely in practice, location, and philosophy. Thus, religion, as a fluid aspect of humanity, is also a fundamental basis of dissent and conflict. Nevertheless, its purpose, ultimately, is to unify others into an understanding beyond material orthodoxies and traditions. As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours; whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.” Historically, no religion existed without a form of conflict and compromise. Such is the way of harmonizing theologies and intellectual beliefs into forming a balanced, synchronized view towards understanding the divine powers of the world. The Christian faith is no different in its disputes and agreements in formation of a unified, understood, and accepting theology. One such dispute that ultimately resulted in a fundamental turning point in Christianity is that between Paul the Apostle and the Church of Jerusalem. As a leading figure in the Christian religion, Paul’s travels took him throughout much of the world to spread the doctrines of Jesus Christ. Not only did Paul serve as a religious beacon, but he also represented a guiding light for those who were not converted to Christianity —that is, the Gentiles and those of Diaspora communities. Thus, Paul dissented strongly with the doctrines of the Church of Jerusalem. This conflict presides much throughout the New Testament in the Bible, developing in a dynamic way of weaving in and out of the text as a means of reaching an agreement on the identity of Christianity. Paul the Apostle, later known to be the founder of Pauline Christianity, is attributed with the spreading of the word of Jesus starting with his dispute with the Church of Jerusalem. Born 1
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Satyanarayan into the Jewish faith in Jerusalem, Paul was already strongly opposed to the New Church of Jerusalem, as he witnessed the first martyr, Stephen, stoned to death. While put on trial by the Jews later on in his life, as laid out in The Book of Acts, Paul reveals his experience with the Church of Jerusalem, “I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them” (Acts 26:10-11). Through this, it is evident that Paul describes his initial fervor against the Church towards in the Book of Acts to reveal ultimately why the conflict with the Church began. Due to his prior experiences, Paul initially undergoes a strong bias against the practices of Church of Jerusalem. Such are his thought processes until he
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Bible paper - Satyanarayan 1 The essence of religion formulates a very human desire to communicate with the natural world through higher beliefs

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