BADGES:

Psalms Badge:
Ten human characteristics promoted in Psalms are:

1. Faithfulness: Abraham from the book of "Genesis"

2. Obedience: Ella of Frell from the movie Ella Enchanted

3. Determination: Ahab from Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Defining quote from Psalms 118:10-11 “The nations all surrounded me, but in the Lord’s name I drove them off. They surrounded me on every side, but in the Lord’s name I drove them off.”

4. Hopeful: Primrose Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5. Blameless: Rachel Watson from the movie The Girl on the Train

6. Generous: Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

7. Truthful: Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Defining quote from Psalms 15:2 “One of blameless life, who does what is right and speaks the truth from his heart.”

8. Righteous: Owen Meany from A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving

9. Fearless: Mike Williams from the movie Deepwater Horizon

10. Loving: Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


The Archaeology Badge:

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The artifact in the picture above is the Great Isaiah Scroll. It is one of a few scrolls that is close to being a complete work of a book of the Bible, containing all 66 chapters of the book of Isaiah. The prophecies of Isaiah are found in the Old Testament.The Great Isaiah Scroll is one of the seven Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls were found in the year 1947 in Qumran, which is a site near the Dead Sea in Israel that archaeologists found many artifacts. In relation to the Book of Isaiah, works of commentary were found, along with an ornithology for spelling and pronunciation of the Hebrew language. The reason I chose this artifact is on the basis on its importance in the Bible. Isaiah was a prophet who foretold the coming of a Messiah and wrote to tell the Israelites to unite and that Babylon would fall. As we learned at the beginning of the year, Israel was controlled by many tyrants, Babylon being the most cruel. Because the Book of Isaiah has this content in it, it becomes important to not only the nation of Israel but to Judaism’s history. This artifact is believed to be the direct Book of Isaiah, making it very significant.

FINAL BADGES:



The Heresy Badge:


1. Gnosticism: “a religious movement characterized by a belief in gnosis, through which the spiritual element in man could be released from its bondage in matter: regarded as a heresy by the Christian Church”(Collins).



2. Heresy: “opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine,especially of a church or religious system”(Random House). Also “Roman Catholic Church. the willful and persistent rejection of any article of faith by a baptized member of the church”(Collins).



3. If I had hidden heretical texts in a rock and someone found them, my reasonings for not letting them get destroyed would be:

-I have the right to obtain knowledge about the world in anyway I can, including finding it through the heretical texts.

-These texts are only weapons when used improperly, therefore they should not be burned but maybe limited to whom they are available to.

-These texts mean the world to me, and if you were to burn them, you might as well do the same to me. (Hopefully the response would be sparing my life and my books).

-No cannot tell me what to believe if they haven’t tried to believe things other than what they believe now. It is hypocritical to tell anyone your views if you have not first tried to see theirs; put yourself in their shoes.

-The church can make mistakes, so not every way the Bible is interpreted is the correct way. If what I am reading goes against certain beliefs the church has then my motivation is simply to find what is the ultimate truth. We should be encouraging people to search for the ultimate truth, rather than damning them for having a mind that thinks.



Citations:

"gnosticism". Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 3 Dec. 2016. <Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/browse/gnosticism>.



"heresy”. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 3 Dec. 2016. <Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/browse/heresy>.



"heresy". Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 3 Dec. 2016. <Dictionary.com http://www.dictionary.com/browse/heresy>.





The Revelation Badge:
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The black and white picture is a representation of Revelations that includes the 24 chairs around the central throne, who has a radiant God sitting in it. The first and third pictures also seem to have a central focus, however these ones have more human qualities. However, it still looks as though the creator of the second and third pictures tried to make the figures radiant with beams coming off of them. All three pictures have people or creatures of some sort sitting around the central figure, representing those who are in heaven and are holy enough to sit so close to God and/or Jesus. All three seem to have a few angels sitting around as well, representing the four that were mentioned in the Bible. The second illustrations seems a little more clearer and has more details in it that are easier to identify. Because the first picture has color it seems a little more happier.





Pop Culture Badge:



1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (book or movie)

The lion in this series, Aslan, is said to have been a representation of Jesus. He is the only one that can save Narnia in the times where the evil queen is controlling the land. He is dead one day, then is alive a few days later. The children in the series are so devastated he was gone, but then he came back to them and saved them, like Jesus did when he died on the cross. The specific books in the Bible that influenced this are the four gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.



2. Evan Almighty (movie)

In Evan Almighty, God tells Evan to build an ark, like Noah was commanded in Genesis. Evan has to line animals up, two by two, just like Noah had to, and prepare for a flood to come. Meanwhile, his family thinks he is insane, just like Noah’s family did. The whole goal of building the ark in the movie was because God and Evan wanted to change the world. In the Bible, God is told to have wanted a flood to wipe out his creations, except two of everything, to start all over.



3. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Each character who went into the factory was a representation of the seven deadly sins. Verruca represented greed because she always needed to have everything, including the golden goose which caused her disqualify her from owning the factory. Violet had too much pride and thought she could be the best at everything, like gum chewing. She lost because she took a piece of gum that caused her to blow up like a blueberry. Augustus represents gluttony, because he ate everything he could, which led him to falling into the chocolate pond and being sucked away. Mike TV represents sloth, because all he did was watch TV. He lost because he was so obsessed with TV he had to shrink himself to be inside one. Charlie has lust for many things. He desires to be the winner, even if it meant lying about drinking the burping juice. Grandpa Joe is envious of Wonka’s factory and of Charlie’s golden ticket. And, finally, Wonka represents wrath because he reprimands everyone for their mistakes.



4. Avatar (the movie) directed by James Cameron
In Avatar, Jake is sent to be a spy on the land of Pandora. The humans want to land for themselves and his goal is convince the Na’vi to move so the humans can take the goods of their land. But he ends up loving their culture and doesn’t want anything to happen to them so he warns them that humans will come and destroy their land. Other Na’vi find out Jake isn’t truly one of them and the Na’vi he falls in love with, Neytiri, tries to save him like Rahab did with the spies that came to their land. The spies would have been captured and killed by the King of Jericho’s men if she hadn’t helped them, like Jake would’ve been outcasted by the Na’vi and possibly killed too.



5. Harry Potter (both books and movies)

Harry is always referred to as “the chosen one”. He’s the only one who can defeat Lord Voldemort, like Jesus was the only one who could defeat death. Jesus died to save all those who believed in him, like Harry fought and almost died to save his friends and family. In the Ministry of Magic there are prophecies that tell of his (or Neville Longbottom’s) birth and how one of them are the ones who will defeat Voldemort. Jesus was prophesied to overcome death and defeat evil.