Reasons why Christian Religious Education is vital in secondary school curriculum

  • For spiritual/moral development
  • To create awareness of God and his revelation
  •  Developes basic principles of Christian living
  • Equips one with life skills to face life’s challenges
  • To appreciate one’s and other people’s culture
  • To promote order peace and justice
  • Boost self respect and human dignity
  • For career development     
  • To identify answers to some of life’s questions
  • To help one develop a sense of self worth
  • To help one use the knowledge and attitudes acquired to think critically.     

Responsibilities given to human in the Genesis stories of creation                            

  • rule over the rest of creation/care/conserve the environment
  • To cultivate the garden of Eden and guard it
  • To eat from the garden of Eden
  • To name the animals
  • To obey God’s commands
  • To be fruitful and multiply/get married

ways through which Christians care for God’s creation today.

  • Through procreation
  • Through farming
  • Through helping the needy
  • Through land reclamation/irrigation
  • Through taking care of the environment/conserving the environment
  • Through making just laws.
  •  Through manufacturing goods and services
  • Through creating employment opportunity
  • Through caring for the wildlife

Nature of God which Moses learnt during his call.

  • God is eternal- He lived as far as the time of his ancestors
  • God is merciful – He is set to rescue the suffering Israelites in Egypt
  • God is Holy-He asked Moses to remove his shoes
  • God is Transcendent – He could not be described using ordinary language
  • He uses man to do his work – He chose Moses to liberate the Israelites
  • God expects obedience – He insisted on Moses to take up the role
  • God protects- He assured Moses He will be with Him all through  
  • God is faithful – He sets to fulfill the promises He made to Abraham
  • God is Omniscient – He knew that Pharaoh would not allow the Israelites
  • God is just – He was to punish the enemies of His people   

Reasons why Tent of meeting was significant to the Israelites.

  • It was a scared meeting place
  • It housed the Ark of the Covenant which symbolized God’s presence
  • It was a basis of unity
  • It enabled the Israelites to win wars
  • It was a place of worship
  • It acted as a meeting place between Yahweh and Israelite leaders
  • Important ceremonies/festivals were celebrated there   

Ways in which God speaks to us today

  • Though dreams
  • Through visions     
  • Through nature
  • Through historical events  
  • Through ones conscience
  • Through the Holy Spirit
  • Through the Bible
  • Through Jesus Christ      

Jeremiah’s teaching at the Temple Sermon. (Jer.  7:1-15)    

  • It was believed to be God’s dwelling place
  • It was centre of worship
  • It was the centre of celebrating major religious festivals such as Passover/Pentecost
  • Major religious rites were performed in the temple such as purification and dedication rites
  • It was a Jewish learning/training centre
  • It was a place for solving social  and religious issues (law court)
  • It was the residence of the religious leaders
  • It was a place of pilgrimage
  •  It was a business/commercial centre for the buying and selling of different commodities
  • It was the place for keeping the Ark of the covenant.  

Reasons why the Israelites supported the idea of kingship

  • Samwel was growing old
  • Samwel’s sons Joel and Abijah lacked leadership qualities/were corrupt
  • Israelites wanted a visible King
  • They wanted a King who would lead them in wars
  • They wanted to be like other nations
  • They wanted stable hereditary leadership
  • They wanted a leader who would negotiate on their behalf
  • They needed a political leader who would guarantee political stability for their nation.    1×1=7mks

Ways in which Christians misuse places of worship

  • Carrying out business/auction in the Church
  • Speaking politics/campaigning in the Church
  • Fighting in the Church
  • Eating/drinking in the Church
  • Leasing Church halls for secular activities such as fund raising/drama/watching videos
  • Dressing indecently
  • Advertising/promoting business in the Church

Differences between  the old testament prophets and the Traditional African community prophets.                                                                                                                                                

  • Old Testament Prophets communicated with God alone while traditional African prophets     communicated with God, Spirits and ancestors
  • The Old Testament prophets faced apposition most of the time whereas traditional African prophets were highly respected and obeyed
  • The Old Testament prophets received their calling from God as prophets while Traditional African prophets inherited their skills/received the calling from the dead
  • Old Testament prophets had universal role whereas the traditional African prophets were limited to their communities
  • Old Testament prophets performed miracles and symbolic actions unlike the traditional African prophets
  • Old Testament prophets were also preachers unlike the traditional African prophets

Amos’ teaching on the day of the Lord.

  • It would be a day when the wicked people of Israel would face God’s wrath
  • It would not be a day of light but darkness or doom
  • It would be a day of suffering for the people of Israel and no one would escape from God’s punishment
  • It would be a day of terror and disaster for rich land owners and rulers
  • It would be accompanied by cosmic signs such as the eclipse of the sun
  • It would be a day when God would send earthquakes leading to destruction of farms and building
  • It would be a day of wailing and mourning in the station
  • Death would be wide spread and grief of survivors would be too great to bear
  • It would be a day of famine and bought for the word of God.

How do Christians prepare themselves for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

  • Through repentance and asking for forgiveness
  • Through avoidance/condemning of evils
  • Preaching the word of God
  • Helping the needy/less fortunate in the society
  • Keeping God’s commandments
  • Paying their tithes/offering
  • Leading exemplary lives

Jeremiah’s teaching on Dishonesty.

  • He condemned false prophets who spoke in the name of Yahweh giving people false hope, yet         He had not sent them
  • He condemned the priest who preached lies to people and did not tell them the truth about God’s judgment
  • He condemned people who cheated others that they were friends but planned evil behind their backs
  • He observed that the prophets of Jerusalem had become as bad as the prophets of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their evil deeds such as lies/immorality
  • Jeremiah was concerned with the response of the people of Judah to the lies of priest/prophets. They accepted them without question
  • Priest and people were dishonest in the way they worshipped God because their outward rituals did not match their inner piety
  • Jeremiah also told the people of Judah that God would reject them because of their dishonesty in worship
  • He condemned them for giving Yahweh meaningless sacrifices       

Roles of the Temple in the Jewish community.

  • People should stop undermining religion through the practice of syncretism and immorality
  • People to change their way of life and stick to the covenant
  • Should not defile the temple by placing idols in it
  • Should stop committing social injustices such as murder/exploitation of the weak/orphans/widows/foreigners  
  • God was displeased by their practice of human sacrifice which was murder
  • Should stop practice of hypocrisy of practicing foreign religion/committing evils and them worshipping God in the temple was secure from destruction.
  • Cautioned against Israel’s belief that the temple was secure from destruction
  • Said God would destroy Jerusalem through invasion by foreign nation
  • God would destroy the temple of Jerusalem and send the people to exile
  • He said if the people stopped their evils ways. God would not bring judgment upon them

Role of the church in promoting political reforms in Kenya today.

  • Condemning all forms of poor governance
  • Standing for the truth
  • Influencing the removal of a bad and corrupt government by voting it out and voting in new leaders
  • Conducting civic education to enlighten the people on their rights and duties
  • Protesting in a responsible and peaceful manner and not through violent demonstrations which cause loss of lives and property
  • Offering themselves for political seats during election
  • Pointing out the wrongs being committed and encouraging others to obey the law
  • Negotiating for peace during tribal clashes
  • Appreciating the leaders and helping provide solutions where there are problems
  • Participating in various political activities in order to bring positive transformation in the society.

Traditional African practices which show that life is sacred

  • Establishing a good relationship with God and the ancestors through worship prayers and reneration
  • Taking care of the physical body through feeding protecting it, taking medicine herbs.
  • Seeking God’s protection at all times especially in times of crisis
  • Taking care of both domestic/wild animals
  • Protecting nature/plants/vegetation
  • Protecting human life including the unborn
  • Obeying rules and taboos that govern the well being of the community
  • Emphasize on sexual intercourse within marriage for the transmission of life.     

Importance of healers in Traditional African society

  • They healed the sick after identifying the disease
  •  They acted as counselors – give advice to people on issues of life
  •  Others acted as priests by praying for people and leading them in religious rituals
  •  They drove away witches and sorcerers
  •  They provided means of preventing misfortunes/impending dangers  
  •  They also see in the future/warn/caution people
  •  They gave charms during initiation to heal the initiates
  •  They offer knowledge and practical application of herbs to their trainees and clients   

Traditional African practices that lower the dignity of women today.

  • The practices of female circumcision
  • Polygamy
  • Wife inheritance
  • Wife beating
  • Early marriage for girls
  • Land/property ownership                    

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