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Western Literature: Jesus and the Leaders of Israel

When Jesus came to Earth ha came to shake things up. By the time Jesus came to Earth religion had become a box and either you were in the box or you were out of the box.

The leaders were very strict: everything had to be a certain way.

Jesus was\is not like that. He came to shake up the way people perceived things and he didn’t fit in the box.

And He entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal on the Sabbath days; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man with the withered hand, ‘stand forth!” and said unto them “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath day, or to do evil? to save a life, or to kill?” But they held their peace. Mark 2: 1-4

       We have Christians today that are more strict then Jesus was! These leaders were so strict about how the Sabbath should be treated that they didn’t want to see a man healed. They didn’t want to see a miracle! Jesus did the opposite of almost everything the leaders wanted.

       So therefore the biggest issue dividing Jesus from the leaders of Israel was that He didn’t fit in their box. He was/is the church but they had their idea of what a church should be.  

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Biology: Plants Obstacles

On the path from pollination to germination, there are many things that will slow down or delay the reproduction of a plant. Describe two or more of these delaying factors, and explain how each could actually be helpful to the plant species.

1. Water. When people think of water as being a problem to a plant, they often think of not enough. Though on the contrary too much water is a problem also. If a plant gets too much water it can wash away much nutrients that the plant needs.

2. Seasons also delay plants production. If seeds germinate in the fall they freeze aver winter. The plant adapt and germinate after the winter is over.

Western Civilization:The Carolingian Renaissance and Christianity in England

1. The Carolingian Renaissance took place largely during the 9th century under the rein of Charlemagne the first barbarian ” emperor” of Rome. During this time Charlemagne was trying to restore the glory of Rome and Greece. They wanted Christianity to be a part of the culture and in among society. Charlemagne established court schools in Cathedrals for clergy and the common man, this meant education was available for everyone. A new religion was set for the official religion of the Carolingian society: Christianity. Charlemagne is praised to this day for his impact an Western society.

2. After Catholic Christianity established its self in continental Europe it first spread to Ireland where St. Patrick worked to get it spread there. The next country to be converted was England which was currently dominated by the Anglo- Saxtons. Pope Gregory the Great played a major part in this process. Which was a little unusual because popes don’t usually evangelize. After a while the Irish monks came into the picture and they help strengthen Catholicism in England.

Western Civilization: The Merovingians the Carolingians and Charlemagne

The Merovingians were the first to take rule in the Frankish Kingdom. After Clovis got converted to Catholicism the Franks were converted. However there were many insincere conversions and faith became a mere ritual.

In the 8th century the Carolingians had the position of mayor in the church. Two things made so the Papal- Frankish alliance worked: The Carolingians had a good relationship with the papacy are the Merovingians didn’t have a standing in the church. This meant the church was more inclined toward the Carolingians. Pepin the Short took advantage of that and asked Pope Zachary to grant the Coralingians kingship over the Franks He did.

In Einhard’s biography. I believe we see Charlemagne as a strong, powerful leader. Einhard tells that he had a good relationship with other nations. he also seems to be pretty generous.

Western Literature: Jesus’ Early Ministry

The miracles that Jesus performs in Mark are extremely important for how Christianity was spread. One of the main reasons that Jesus performed miracles was to show what His fathers kingdom was capable of.

Mark 1: 40-42: ” And there come a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him and saying unto him, If thou wilt , thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.”

       This definitely shows the power of what the kingdom of God is capable of. You see, back then if anybody had leprosy, they had to go outside the city because they were unclean. Not only that they had to shout ” unclean, unclean!” to make sure everybody knew not to touch them. This guy wasn’t even supposed to be around people that were clean. But he came up to Jesus and asked for healing, Jesus reached out and touched him. He touched him! This would make them both unclean. To put this in modern times, this would be like someone kissing someone with Ebola or Aids. Then you would both have the disease. But Jesus had the power to erase the lepers disease and not get it.

       “And they came unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherin the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves he said unto them, “Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.( he saith to the sick of the palsy.) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed and go thy way into thine house.” Mark 2: 4-11

       Already in only the second chapter of Mark people know His power and are this desperate to get to Him. we, as Christians know His power but this is less then a year into His ministry. But here we also see that He is already being attacked theologically.

       The miracles that happen in Mark are vital to the way Jesus’ ministry got spread. And the Bible wouldn’t be as impactful  if they hadn’t accrued. And the miracles here are previews to what is going to happen in the end.  

Biology: Plants in the Desert

Photosynthesis is hard for plants in the desert. Because there is so little water, desert plants have to do photosynthesis a special way.

Since their is so little water and the sun is so intense, desert plants have a special way they do things.

One thing they do is that they close their stomata during the day. This makes the water gets out of them much more slowly. Stomata are tiny pores in the plants. If the plants would let them open the water would get out very quickly because of the intense heat. Instead they only open them during the night. The plants need to complete the Calvin Cycle, which need sunlight and CO2 in order to be done. The plants should die, right? Nope! They have special carbon containing acids that absorbs the CO2 and holds it. These release the CO2 throughout the day so that plant can go through the Calvin Cycle when sunlight is present. Isn’t it awesome how God designed every plant for it’s environment.

Western Civilization: Romes Significance and St. Augustine.

1. Why was Rome significance of western civilization.

2. What was the significance of St. Augustine in christian history.

1) Rome was a Major city in the world. It influenced so much of what happened in the world, also. Rome is where Christianity originates. This is Romes biggest contribution. It also is the place where many architects get their inspiration. Everybody would recognize the Coliseum. But perhaps one many people wouldn’t recognize is that the United States got the inspiration for their government from Rome.

2) St. Augustine was a great historical theologian. Augustine wasn’t actually a christian until he was in his 30’s. When he was young he was a Manichean. A thought process that believed there were two gods, a good one and an evil one. After he become a Christian he became very influential in the christian world. Pretty quickly he became a bishop. In his writings he defends the Christians against those who blamed it for the fall of Rome. He also spoke about how men are mortal. Over all Augustine that God is the ultimate source of happiness.

Western Literature: Horace’s Ethics

In Horace’s writings he’s persistent about hid beliefs; and he believes them strongly.

He says that you shouldn’t be rich. You should be content in living in middle class. He states this because your life is controlled by fate and the gods, so even if you get rich, that could change at any minute because they might change their minds about what you should have. He also said over and over, that death is inevitable, so you might as well be happy with what you have because wealth will make you vain anyway.

Horace also said that people should judge others fault the way they would want theirs judged: lightly. He concludes that the punishment should fit the crime. Big crimes should get harsher punishment, and mild crimes should get mild punishment.

Western Civilization: Christianity and Rome and the Visigoths

In Rome they had many gods. When Jesus came and Christianity became a thing everybody started thinking of a new way of believing and a lot changed. This paved the way for a new way of living.

The Romans and the Visigoths did not get along. The Romans had conquered the Visigoths and this made the Visigoths rebuilding of the empire very hard. They fought over who should be king and this caused bloodshed for the Visigoths. The Romans drove up the prices of everything for the Visigoths. They also tried to take their weapons, so they could further enslave them. After long debate they were able to keep them.

After a very bloody uproar in 395 the Visigoths were able to go in their freedom.

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