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Religious Images in Christian Theology

Religious Images in Christian Theology Religious images in Christian theology (Idolatry in Christianity) have a role within the liturgical and devotional life of adherents of certain Christian denominations. The use of religious images has often been a contentious issue in Christian history. Concern over idolatry is the driving force behind the various...

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Outline of Prayer

Outline of Prayer Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of supplication or intercession directed towards a deity (a god), The God or a deified ancestor. More generally, prayer can also have the purpose...

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Outline of Prayer and Worship

Outline of Prayer and Worship Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of supplication or intercession directed towards a deity (a god), The God or a deified ancestor. More generally, prayer can also have the purpose...

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Outline of Worship

Worship Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader. Such acts may involve honoring. Worship means fulfilling God‘s commands in one’s daily life and fulfilling the obligations of being His servant, while...

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What are Virtues of Belief?

What are Virtues of Belief? In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate Surely We created man of the best pattern; then We reduced him to the lowest of the low, save those who believe and do good deeds. (95:4-6) ¨Belief is a relation which connects man to his...

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Veneration of The Dead

Veneration of The Dead The veneration of the dead, including one’s ancestors, is based on love and respect for the deceased. In some cultures, it is related to beliefs that the dead have a continued existence, and may possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living. Some groups venerate their direct, familial ancestors....

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Place of Worship

Place of Worship A place of worship is a specially designed structure or consecrated space where individuals or a group of people such as a congregation come to perform acts of devotion, veneration, or religious study. A building constructed or used for this purpose is sometimes called a house of worship. Temples, churches, synagogues and mosques are examples of structures created...

Bhakti (Pali: bhatti[) at a Buddhist temple, Tibet. Chanting during Bhatti Puja (devotional worship) is often a part of the Theravada Buddhist tradition.

Bhakti

Bhakti Bhakti (भक्ति) literally means “attachment, participation, fondness for, homage, faith, love, devotion, worship, purity”. It was originally used in Hinduism, referring to devotion and love for a personal god or a representational god by a devotee. In ancient texts such as the Shvetashvatara Upanishad, the term simply means participation, devotion and...

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Philosophy of Love

Philosophy of Love Philosophy of love is the field of social philosophy and ethics that attempts to explain the nature of love.[1] Current theories There are many different theories that attempt to explain what love is, and what function it serves. It would be very difficult to explain love to a hypothetical person who...

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Does God Almighty Need Of Our Worship?

Does God Almighty Need Of Our Worship? We hear many people who are idle in performing the daily Prayers ask: What need does God Almighty have for our worship? Why in the Qur’an does He severely reprimand those who do not worship and threaten them with such a terrible punishment...

Affection

What Is Affection? Affection or fondness is a “disposition or state of mind or body”[1] that is often associated with a feeling or type of love. It has given rise to a number of branches of philosophy and psychology concerning emotion, disease, influence, and state of being.[2] “Affection” is popularly used to denote a feeling...

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Mutual Assistance In The Universe

Mutual Assistance In The Universe Life in the whole of the universe displays a symphony of mutual helping. Just like the members, organs and systems, even cells, of a living animal body, all parts of the universe support and help one another. For example, for a single apple to come...

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Life Is The Brightest Evidence Of God

Life Is The Brightest Evidence Of God Every thing, every being in existence displays God’s Unity as a most manifest truth. For example, of the innumerable arguments for His existence and Unity, consider life: He makes everything out of one thing and makes one thing out of many things. He...

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The Highest Aim of Creation

The Highest Aim of Creation Be certain of this, that the highest aim of creation and its most important result are belief in God. The most exalted rank in humanity and its highest degree are the knowledge of God (Ma’rifa (Knowledge of God)) contained within belief in God. The most...

Belief

What is Belief? Belief is the attitude that something is the case or true.[1] In epistemology, philosophers use the term “belief” to refer to personal attitudes associated with true or false ideas and concepts. However, “belief” does not require active introspection and circumspection. For example, few ponder whether the sun will rise, just assume...

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Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate Saint Patrick’s Breastplate, a Prayer of Protection, also known as The Deer’s Cry, The Lorica of Saint Patrick or Saint Patrick’s Hymn, is a lorica whose original Old Irish lyrics were traditionally attributed to Saint Patrick during his Irish ministry in the 5th century. In 1889 it...

Prayers For God's Inspiration

Prayers For Wisdom

Prayers For Wisdom Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence. Main Articles: What Is Wisdom?,  The Serenity Prayer God grant me...

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Prayers For God’s Inspiration

Prayers For God’s Inspiration When you need inspiration, turn to powerful prayers that bring you closer to your higher power. Go ahead and set some time aside to pray –  Following prayers are some lovely devotions to God. A Prayer For God’s Inspiration Father, May everything we do begin with...

Prayer of Self Reflection

Reflections of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Reflections of St. Ignatius of Loyola Prayer of Self Offering Take, O Lord, all my liberty. Receive my memory, my understanding and my will. You have given me all that I am and all that I possess. I return it all to you and surrender it to the guidance of...

Prayers of Self-reflection

Prayers of Self-reflection Human self-reflection is the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence. The earliest historical records demonstrate the great interest which humanity has had in itself. “Know thyself” was inscribed on the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi over 3,000 years ago. Human...

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