Believing in God
- Numinous: the feeling of the presence of something greater than you, for example in a church or looking up at the stars.
- Conversion: when your life is changed by giving yourself to God.
- Miracle: Something which seems to break a law of science and makes
you think only God could have done it.
- Prayer: an attempt to contact God, usually through words.
- Agnosticism: not being sure whether God exists.
- Atheism: believing that God does not exist.
- Moral evil: actions done by humans which cause suffering.
- Natural evil: things which cause suffering but have nothing to do with
humans, for example earthquakes.
- Omnipotent: the belief that God is all-powerful.
- Omni-benevolent: the belief that God is all good/kind.
- Omniscient: the belief that God knows everything that has happened and everything that is going to happen.
- Free will: The idea that human beings are free to make their own choices.
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Believing in God
- Design: when things are connected and seem to have a purpose, for example the eye is designed for seeing.
- Causation: the principle that everything is caused by something else.
- Theist: A person who believes in God.
- Baptism: The Christian rite of initiation that welcomes a person into the Christian community.
- Bible: The sacred text of Christianity.
- Confirmation: Where a young Christian makes the baptismal vows for him/herself (the descision of staying in the religion or not).
- Initiation ceremony: A ritual that welcomes a person as a new member of a community or group that holds a certain set of beliefs.
- Testimony: A public statement of faith and belief.
- Holiness: Having the characteristic of being set apart for God's purpose.
- Mystical experience: Experiencing God's voice or a religious vision.
- Near-death experience: An experience after clinical death and before resuscitation.
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Believing in God
- Confession of sins: Admitting wrongdoing against God.
- Intercession: Praying for others.
- Meditation: Thinking deeply about spiritual things.
- Petitions: Requests made of God.
- Thanksgiving: Giving thanks to God for what God has done.
- Worship: Praising God.
- Analogy: A way of comparing two similar things to highlight their similarities.
- 'Big bang' theory: The theory that an enormous explosion started the universe around 15 million years ago.
- Creationists:Religious believers who believe that the world was created by God in six days, exactly as described in Genesis.
- Evolution: The gradual development of species over millions of years.
- Natural selection: The way in which species naturally select the best characteristics for survival.
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Matters of life and death
- Resurrection: the belief that, after death, the body stays in the grave until the end of the world when it is raised.
- Reincarnation: the belief that souls are reborn in another body after death.
- Immortality of the soul: the idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body.
- Paranormal: unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual causes for example ghosts and mediums.
- Abortion: the removal of a foetus from the womb before it can survive.
- Sanctity of life: the belief that life is holy and belongs to God.
- Euthanasia: an easy and gentle death.
- Assisted suicide: providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide.
- Voluntary euthanasia: the situation where someone dying in pain asks a doctor to end her/his life painlessly.
- Non-voluntary euthanasia: ending someone’s life painlessly when they are unable to ask, but you have good reason for thinking they would want you to do so eg switching off a life-support machine.
- Quality of life: the idea that life must have some benefits for it to be worth living.
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