End of Semester Post: Unparallel Love

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Francis Chan

My Topic: Throughout the semester, I had a chance to do research on the topic of God’s love.

My Essays: During the semester, I composed a definition essay, cause and effect essay, and a policy essay.  In the first essay, I presented the love of God in a defined work space.  Within the first essay, I provided Bible verses that showed how God loves us so much that He sacrificed Jesus Christ so that we can have salvation.  Additionally, in the cause and effect paper, it was written to state that sin is the cause of total separation from God (results in hell) and salvation (coming from the love of God) would be the outcome of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Lastly, in the policy paper, I propose a solution from the Bible that only through Jesus Christ that we can inherit the eternal kingdom.  Of course, none of us will be sinless but with the help of the Holy Spirit, we can strive to live like Him and sin less.

My Research Methods: Within the semester, I often visited the academic research program on the school library’s website.  Reading those academic journals, they encouraged me by giving me ideas to provide for each papers.  In addition, I also talked to some friends from school, also from church, to draw some ideas in an un-forceful way.  Most importantly, the majority of the sources came from the Bible because His Word is there to comfort, strengthen, and build us up.  I perceive the Bible as a love letter from God so I try to incorporate the love of God from the Bible in my essays.

Sources: Here are a few sources that inspired me to write this topic: Bible Gateway, Living For Jesus, and The Story of Love Worth Sharing International.

Final Details/Observation: Through the last 15 weeks of researching the topic of God’s love, I learned to have a more respectful view towards people that oppose Him.  In the Bible, Jesus said if we love Him, we must love those who hate Him.  Looking back at my life, I hated Jesus at one point but He didn’t stop loving me nor did He give up on me.  A famous pastor , Francis Chan, once said, “Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and the people He has made?”  If I claim to be a Christian and hate, I am not worthy to be called a son of God because Jesus died on the cross so that we can live like Him-live for Him and for others, love Him and love others.

Pre-Write Essay #3

 

Within the thinking process of essay, I have decided to compose a policy proposal.  I am thinking of starting with the original problem in the introduction.  As I concisely introduce the problem in a two-paragraph introduction, I will guide the audience toward the proposal I am presenting.  In addition, I will provide sources to support my problem to help make the problem unbiased.  Here is an idea of my essay will possibly illustrate:

LOVE__1__-_CopyIntroduction (Present Problem)                                                                                                                                                            Introduction (Present Problem)                                                                                                                                                                   Body (Proposed Solution)                                                                                                                                                                           Body (Support Solution)                                                                                                                                                                         Body (Support Solution with Primary Source)                                                                               Conclusion

As a whole, I will propose a solution that will not compromise the integrity of the subject I am writing about.  Furthermore, the solution will not be impossible to do but it has to come from a state of mind.  Within the solution, I will use my primary source to support it with an urgency.  Consequently, I believe that this final paper will be a delightful joy using the interview I have created.

Visual Assignment

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“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).  This image conveys a message of nothing in all creation – whether it is seen or unseen, can separate us from the love of God.  Throughout God’s creation, He loves humans so deeply that God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to take our place of punishment.  A statement of reassurance is written for us to take heart in God’s love.

Prewrite Essay #2

In the second assignment, I plan to compose a rebuttal essay that will refute and counter argue why people discredit the love of God is real.  I will interview an ex-principal that strong believe why the God’s love is surreal; in addition, I will look for articles from famous scientists such as Bill Nye or Stephen Hawkins that disregard the fact that there is a God.  By establishing that God is real, I can then go on to prove that God’s love is real by providing real life examples that I encountered in my everyday life.  Once all these information is gathered, I will be able to organize my paper in such a way that will not only refute the dismissal of God but I will also counter argue their proposition is a respectful way.

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I believe the most effective way to pre-organize this essay is the argument and refutation technique where I will list the argument on one side and list the refutation on the opposite side.  The organization of this essay is essential because only then can I add fluidity to it, letting it flow from one position to another.  Additionally, interviewing experts that disprove my belief as well as interviewing people that stand with my belief would be extremely helpful in my prewriting process because then I will know how to organize and get an idea of where I stand in composing this paper.  Overall, I believe that organizing this paper and putting in efforts to interview will be the essential core of this paper.

Annotated Bibliography

Marcar, G.P. “Aquinas’ Quinque Viae: Fools, Evil, And The Hiddenness Of God.” Heythrop Journal 56.1 (2015): 67-75. Academic Search Premier. Web. 8 Mar. 2016.
“Aquinas’ Quinque Viae: Fools, Evil, And The Hiddenness Of God,” is written by G.P. Marcar to disprove Aquinas’ proposal of the non-existence of God.  Upon Aquinas’ first objection, he states that the meaning of God is infinite goodness so since there is evil in the world, God does not exist.  Marcar, furthermore, provides Aquinas’ comments on Psalm 52 and Psalm 13 stating that Aquinas’ is the fool that denies the goodness of God.  Upon this action, Aquinas’ willfully fail to perceive the divine effects in the world out of his own ignorance.  This source is used in the cause and consequence paper presenting how evil came into the world and as a result, God demonstrates His own love for us by cleaning up our mess.  This source was accessed via Academic Search Premier.

Moody, Steve. “God Is Love.” Life, Hope & Truth. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2016.Steve Moody composed a beautiful article titled, “God is Love.”  In this article, the author presented two Bible verses, 1 John 4:8 and 1 John 4:16 both stating the same concept: “God is love.”  God’s love cannot be described as one thing He has done for us but through multiple series of grace and mercy.  God, the Father sacrificed His Son, Jesus Christ, so that we can have salvation.  Upon Jesus’ departure, the Heavenly Father sent the Holy Spirit, the Wonderful Counselor, to come and guide us in all that we do.  This article can be used in the cause and consequence paper to present God’s love for us after so many mistakes we have made.  As a result, this article written by Steve Moody provides several views about how God demonstrated His love for us which can be used to prove His compassion.

The act of composing an annotated bibliography demonstrates the thinking process of a writer.  By having an annotated bibliography, it will help writers construct and plan out the style they want to use in their writing.  In addition, annotated bibliography can guide writers to evaluate whether a source is sufficient and useful for their topic.  Before creating a piece of writing, writers should have the sources needed and summarize the central point to help clarify their point of view.  Overall, having an annotated bibliography is very important because it helps every writer walk in the path he or she should be.

God’s Love vs. Suffering (Synthesis)

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The Incomprehensible Love of My God,” was written by Colton Jansen describing the ultimate love of the Wonderful God.  In the beginning of his article article, the young author tries his best to cultivate the perfect, unconditional love of God for all humans.  He looked up the definition of “love” on dictionary.com and wikipedia.com, but none of them can actually describe the love of God.  In another article, “Series – God’s Love is ‘Real’,” also written by Colton Jansen, described four words of love written in the Bible: Eros – romantic love, Philia – love for a friend, Storge – natural affections parents have for children, and Agape – unconditional love.  Through the four words describing love, the word “Agape” is used to describe the love of God.  The author relates Agape love to two Bible verses that cultivate the perfect image of God’s love, “But God demonstrated His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8) and “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have an everlasting life” (John 3:16).  Jansen, later, stated in “The Incomprehensible…” that God’s love is not focused on a certain type of people such as, an ethnic group or a race; rather, God’s love is for everyone in the world.  If you or me were the only person on this planet, God still would have sent Jesus to take up our sins so that we can be made righteous before the Heavenly Father.

Similarly, “Why Does God Allow Suffering?” was written by Ken Giese to present the counterarguments to God’s love.  In Giese’s article, he proposed a question that if there was a God of love, then how could He allow fatal diseases, accidents, and suffering.  By far, this is the one of the most difficult question Christians have to deal with.  The author, first, addressed the time of creation when God formed nothingness into the universe we live in today at His command.  When The King created Adam and Eve, He no longer use His voice; instead, God used His hands to form the man and woman.  The story goes on to when the serpent tricked Eve into eating the forbidden fruit so that

Why Sufferher eyes will be opened.  As a result of disobedience to God, Adam and Eve was cast out of the garden of Eden.  Ken Giese went on the describe the results of disobedience is suffering.  Just like when someone is at fault, he or she must bear the consequence for his or her action.  After what Adam and Eve did, suffering came into this world as a consequence of disobedience to God.  The answer to the question is that God allows everyone to have freedom–free to do whatever we desire.  However, we must bear the consequences of our actions.

Overall, I believe that God’s love surpasses all understanding.  Though, from time to time, we do not understand why things happen, why we have to suffer, and why things are the way they are but we must hold on to the promises He made to us.  As described in Jeremiah 29:11, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares The Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”  This is a covenant made by God and I know, for a fact, that He will not fail us.  In addition, I believe that this world is not a perfect world so there will always be sufferings and obstacles.  The world will always twist and turn to give us trouble but we are admonished to endure whatever it has to offer.  As I recall in I Peter 5:10, “And the God of all grace, Who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”  In conclusion, as long as we hang on to the promises God, we will prevail and become victorious in God’s Perfect Love.