In your exam you may be asked about The Nature of Human Beings. This is a revision guide for key ideas that you will need to know for your exam.
Created in the Image of God
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
What does this mean?
Christians believe that humans were made in the image of God. This means that they were created to resemble God’s spirit. This is also known as Imago Dei. This is what sets humans apart from animals. This is why Humans can communicate with God. By being created in God’s image this means that Christians believe they must act in a way that would please God.
Christians believe that God is all Loving and therefore they should act like that – read more here.
Christians believe that God gave all Humans Freewill. Freewill is the ability to make decisions for themselves. However Christians believe that God has planned everything in the Universe out. Some would argue this is incompatible with Freewill. However Christians would answer this by saying that they free to make their own choices but God will know what choice they will make.
Having freewill means that Humans are free to make decisions- Christians believe that everyone should be using their Freewill wisely. They should look to the Bible for guidance as to how to live their life as well as follow the example of Jesus. It impacts on a daily basis as they should be thinking about what would please God in each situation.
What is the Human Condition?
The Human Condition is used to explain the idea that because Original Sin is in the world the whole of humanity suffers. This can only be rectified if Humans live a life that would please God. e.g. in his image or likeness.
Read more about it here.
This is a great website created by the Humanist Society of Scotland to understand Humanist views on things.
What is Humanism?
The Origin of Religion
Humanist Responses to Various Moral Issues –
Great for assignments or assessments where you need a non religious viewpoint!
Responses to Origins of the Universe and Life
This is a good website to get viewpoints from to add into any pieces of work in RME. For teachers there are examples of lesson plans etc!
This is a summary of what Muslims believe about God. The Arabic word for God is Allah, that is what many Muslims call him as most of islamic texts and words are written in Arabic.
Muslims believe in Tawhid – this is the belief that there is one supreme god. Muslims are Monotheistic, this means they only have one god. They believe that God is eternal, he has always existed and always will. Allah has no gender, no partners and no equals. His nature is beyond our human understanding.
Importance of Tawhid
Tawhid is very important to Muslims. Allah should always be the forefront of Muslims minds. It is the first part of the Shahadah. This is the first thing whispered into a baby’s ear and should be the last thing a dying muslim says. It should also be the first and last thing Muslim says each and everyday. This highlights that Allah is the only one god. He has complete creative power.
Allah is the creator of the Universe and has the power to do anything and everything Muslims believe he is all loving and all knowing. Although Allah has created the whole world and is beyond the universe. he is close at hand. He is immanent. This is the belief that he is close at hand, he is here with us. He knows our unspoken thoughts, he is even closer to us than us than our own heartbeats.
Shirk is seen as the one unforgivable sin in Islam. It means associating other beings with Allah. It is idolatry. If your try to compare Allah to anything in creation, or suggest they have the same abilities , this would be shirk.
Islam is the fastest growing religion today. One in five people in the world are Muslim. That’s over a billion people!
This post is all about an Introduction to Islam. I recommend starting with this video!
Muslims are found throughout the world. Contrary to common belief, most Muslims are not Arab. In fact, only 20% are from Arab countries. The largest communities are in Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.
There are many misconceptions about Islam and stereotypes surrounding the religion. It is as important as ever to study Islam in the modern day especially with recent current affairs.
The 7 Core Beliefs
There are seven core beliefs that all Muslims believe in. These are:
- Belief in Allah as the one and only God
- Belief in angels
- Belief in the Revealed Book of God
- Belief in Allah’s prophets
- Belief in the Day of Judgement
- Belief in Allah having a record of our actions
- Belief in an afterlife
There will be a series of posts all about Islam as the class works through their National Coursework.
Recommended Further Reading