The novel reflects this theme as Irving states, “Watch out for people who call themselves religious; make sure you know what they mean - make sure they know what they mean” (Irving 504). This quotation highlights different trivial religions. There are always differences between beliefs and individuals, even if they belong to the exact same branch of Christianity. When John thinks about Owen’s time on earth, he begins to wonder that God would not have let his own child die so young. This leads to other questions such as why Owen knew everything that he knew, and why he had such faith in a God that eventually let him die so young.
In Chinua Achebe novel, Things Fall Apart Nwoye a young man under Okonkwo’s responsibility is affected positively by the introduction of western ideas into the Ibo culture. This being said Nwoye has found a passion for being apart of a religion not known by any local in Igbo called Christianity, to some it was a blessing and to others a disgrace. To Okonkwo he feels that anybody who converts to Christianity is a disgrace to their village. And how surprising is it that his own son converts to a Christian. And in his conversion he tries to escape his strict culture and find out who he is as a person.
You cannot understand salvation unless you understand the essence of our faith in Jesus. Many people have totally missed the essence of the message of salvation. Salvation is about being given the heart of Jesus. We lost ourselves and gained Jesus. Our old man refused to follow the will of God, but our new hearts chases after the will of God.
This is what the word mystery means today. But, that’s not exactly what Paul means by the word mystery here in this text. Paul, uses this word to express something beyond natural knowledge, but has been opened to us by divine revelation through the Holy Spirit. This means that we could not understand it on our own, until God revealed it to us. Colossians 1: 24-27(Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake
As the white men moved into Umuofia and built their church, Nwoye became interested in their religion. This began Okonkwo’s disrespect in towards Nwoye. He was so disappointed in his own son for not following their clans religion. Okonkwo began feeling as if he was looked at like his father Unoka, A failure, for Nwoye’s new choice of religion. So, Okonkwo beat Nwoye hoping it would be enough for him to change back to his first religion.
3. The reason why Florence death happen before he was able to see the Golden Carp is because Florence death, plays an important role in the development of Antonio’s growing into a man, seeing his close friend die before he could find peace in a god affected his views about his god in a big way. I also believe that it had supported Cico idea of the church god being a jealous god, since Florence died right before he was able to meet a “new God.” 4. Gabriel’s answer to tony question was that he did not believe that things were evil, but that people fear them because they did not understand them. He uses the event at Tellez house how he was afraid of the evil, but Ultima was not since she knew what was happening.
John is surprised that he sounded so doubtful of the God he has been taught to worship his entire life. He doubts that God is truly the answer to all of his problems. Although he doubts God in the beginning, he begins to question his doubt. In the following quotation, John is worrying about his future if he does not accept God. He begins to believe that God truly is the only way to escape the evil he was born in.
Somehow I knew God wanted to speak to me. I picked up a small New Testament Bible that I had hardly read and randomly opened to Luke 9 and read, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it but, whoever loses his life because of Me will save it." Then I felt something say to me, "You claim that you follow God but are you living by this?" Then, a deep conviction came over me.
This little flashback of Amir’s shows that all these years, Amir never redeemed himself, therefore he had to learn to bury his sins with guilt. One may infer that in order to break free from our guilt, we need to do something to redeem ourself, may come in the form of atonement. For some, atonement may simply come in the form of forgiveness from the person we hurt. For example, in the story of Jacob and Esau, when the two brothers finally reunited, Esau hugged and kissed Jacob, and was surprised that he thought there would be any hard feelings between them. In this way, Jacob’s sins were made up for, simply by seeking forgiveness.
I always questioned if it was due to my lack of spiritual growth or was it because of the drama at church. Either way a part of me feels that I am letting God down by not being fully committed to church. The other part of me feels that God loves me no matter what. However, with my in-laws being full devoted Christians and