Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Martin Franzmann

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Luke 2:34; John 3:19; Luke 11:6; Matthew 3: 10-12; Matthew 8:10-12; Matthew 11:20-24; Matthew 9:1-8; Matthew 9:10-14; Matthew 10:16-39; Matthew 10:1-6; John 8:46; Luke 23:16; Mark 3:1-4; Mark 12:1-8; Matthew 21:23-27; Matthew 9:11; Matthew 9:2; Mark 2:7; John 10:19-21; Matthew 9:6; Matthew 20:28; Mark 14:61; John 10:36; Matthew 16:16-17; John 8:54; John 5:18; John 10:33; John 1:41; John 1:49; Matthew 9:27-28; Matthew 15:22, 24; Matthew 21:33-43; Matthew 9:15; Matthew 7:22; Matthew 13:41;


This research paper is the outgrowth of a personal struggle. The problem posed has in the past very sincerely disturbed the writer; this research has helped him personally in arriving at an answer. The writer's early background gave rise to the problem. His father had at an early age impressed him with the fact that scripture cannot but confront its reader. It is God's message. His mother was reared in a rather legalistic pietism, and this tended to influence him in a pietistic Way. The passages which caused the most mental anguish were those concerning renunciation, passages which, upon first appearance, tended toward asceticism. The temptation was to apply these legalistically. Hence no insurance, savings and the like without a questioning conscience.

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