He It is a story about God’s love and commitment to humankind; His response to man’s Disobedience; the power of God’s promise; and the High cost of Eternity (Jesus the Christ), as revealed in the Stories of Adam and Eve and throughout the New Testament. During my speech, I will show the Love of God, Why man’s obedience to God is necessary because of the fall , and because of His promise we should have an understanding of God thoughts towards us and His desire that we would spend Eternity with God. The Bible is the greatest story ever told, but it is still much more. It is a love story. It is the recorded history of God’s love and commitment to His people.
SINGAPORE BIBLE COLLEGE Book Reflection: The Wounded Healer by Henri J. M. Nouwen Submitted to Esther Tan CO502 – Theory and Practice in Counseling by Shongzan Chanlila Khayi Mail Box # 120 SINGAPORE 21 August, 2013 The Wounded Healer by Henri J.M. Nouwen is one such book which is simple yet very insightful, solemn yet very challenging. He stirs up our interest as he deals with the biggest concern of our modern day leaders in our churches and society – the struggle with our weaknesses. And I believe his philosophy goes much deeper than what is actually written. I personally felt that this book is not only for Christian ministers or leaders but for everyone and anyone because, as mortal human beings, we live in a societal world where caring or helping each other is indispensable.
Even though individuals may think “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words may never hurt me” words can actually uplift individuals because words can propel people to their destiny and the Bible says death and life are in the tongue. Jack Hanes book The 10 Most Powerful Words you can say shifts the perspective of Christians view about words. That words can propel people to their God given destiny. To begin with, Jack encourages all believers to take conscience of their words and train their tongue to speak these powerful words: I believe, I care, I forgive, I need, I submit, I will, I won’t, I am, I can, and finally I must. Hanes says, “words are what prophets you.
As one of the most referenced piece of literature, it is no surprise that Bradbury uses the Bible to enhance his book. While united as a nation, the people of Shinar wished to build a tower that reached the heavens; God was not pleased. And God said, “Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech” (New Revised Standard Version Student Bible, Genesis 11.7). The people
All through the ages, the Christ figure archetype has appeared in literature and film. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry gives himself to Voldemort purposefully sacrificing himself for the benefit of the Wizarding World. In doing this he becomes the “Savior” and functions as a Christ figure in the novel. The Christ figure also emerges in real life, as anyone who acts as a role model and demonstrates moral fiber at an enormous cost to him or herself. In Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Helen Burns serves as a Christ figure in the novel and her fundamental role is to illustrate and reveal the pivotal Christian belief of forgiveness to Jane.
In this chapter, Foster discusses the portrayal of Christ-like figures throughout literature. An allusion to Christ may include: uncanny knowledge of scripture, being good with children, being alone in the wilderness and being burdened with the task of redeeming a sinful world - all of which are traits that Nathan Price from The Poisonwood Bible exhibits or distorts. Nathan Price serves as an ironic depiction of Christ. Like Jesus, Nathan is intimately familiar with the Bible and can summon any portion of it from memory to support his arguments, such as when Anatole tells the Price family why the Kongolese people are not receptive to Nathan’s family. However, Nathan is abusive and dismissive towards anyone who disagrees with him, especially his children and wife, a perversion of
Through To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee teaches us the righteousness of empathy. Harper Lee 's technique of writing and coinciding Christian beliefs weaved through emphasizes the importance of the story 's moral and themes. It is through Scout, the young dynamic and protagonist, that Lee opens the reader 's eyes to a realistic world of prejudice and inequality during the 1930s. Though introducing many characters throughout the novel, it is through Lee 's wise father character, Atticus Finch, that she further helps teach her readers life lessons, one being empathy. While narrating in first person, Lee further details her novel with the setting and use of style and diction.
At first glance, “The Changeling” written by Judith Ortiz Cofer and the fantasy movie “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” directed by Andrew Adamson and based on the chronological novel, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis seemed to be comparable in the unique ways that would surprise the audiences. The main similarity between the movie and the poetry struck me instantly when I read the poem. The fact that both works depict a little girl that act strong, imaginative, and playful, but upon further inspection, the fantasy element both possesses are similar as well. Even thought they were written around four decades apart, with “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” using elements from World War
The play “Everyman” uses allegorical characters to examine the Christian salvation and how it is obtained. The play has been compared to many other morality plays and novels throughout its origin. There is a novel written by John Bunyan called the “Pilgrim’s Progress’’. The comparison of both stories being religious allegories that depict a protagonist who is a representation in comparison or relation to mankind, all of mankind. In the play “Everyman” the focus is on doing good
Confessions by St. Augustine is organized into two main parts, the first 9 chapters being a history of Augustine 's life and reconciliation back to the Lord, and the last 4 chapters being a theological search into the meaning of creation: how it 's all longing to be brought back to the Lord. It struck me while reading Confessions how honest and forthcoming Augustine is about his life. Even though Augustine cannot remember the exact details of his infancy, he begins the autobiographical sections of the book with a description of how he imagines it went based on watching other infants grow up. By this odd starting point Augustine means to dispel the idea that humans are good at birth and become “corrupted” but instead start out full of sin
The Narnia books, especially The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, are very special in the way they get their points across. His work brings the readers into a whole new dimension of imagination, it even gets the readers debating religion. There are other messages that deal with life, friends, family and religion in his works that are essentially
McGrath says, “Yet whether one thinks Christianity is good or bad, it is clearly important- and Lewis is perhaps the most credible and influential popular representative of ‘Mere Christianity’ that he himself championed” (McGrath xi). Mere Christianity demonstrates how a Christian should live his life and C.S. Lewis definitely lived his life like a Christian. By making atheistic comments, he is then able to
The wager between God and the Devil show that the resulting trials that Michael Steel endures are meant to illustrate supernatural powers at work in the lives of Christians. Myers does a very good job of modernizing both the story of Job and the requirements conveyed in Jesus’ teachings by giving modern and relatable situations where these principles are applicable. Therefore, the novel is very effective because it shows readers how to apply biblical teachings in a modern world, even the ones that appear to be
Delivering a faith-filled and solidly principled message to fellow Christians, author Anne A. Odion makes an impressive debut with her recently published, Treasures in Heaven, in which she divulges her heart - felt, spiritually dedicated point of view. Author Odion is passionate about sharing her message of Gods existence and believes in being an active Christian, and the building of “Treasures” for life in heaven. She refers to bible passage Matthew 6:19 -21, which generally relates to building a stronger spiritual connection with God by living a life that is enhanced by spiritual growth rather than one enhanced by accumulated material items, thus building treasures for one 's heavenly life. Comprised of ten well thought out and adeptly written chapters, each chapter encompasses a particular aspect of Christian belief that will lead to building a better spiritual life and relationship with God. Although there is something to be learned by Christians in each chapter, as a spiritual person, I personally found Chapter 3 - City of God, to be particularly intriguing and thought provoking.
C.S Lewis: A man of faith and intelligence In his widely successful book “Mere Christianity” C.S. Lewis wrote: “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.” (Page # unknown) You might be surprised to know that such a faithful quote comes from a once adamant atheist. The story of C.S Lewis is one of intelligence, spirituality and literature. He was perhaps best known as a novelist and in his classic children’s stories “The Chronicles of Narnia.” While this book series is amazing in and of itself an accomplishment, we often leave out his other interesting life details and books that he has written. Throughout this essay we will discuss topics such as his childhood and early interests, his education and conversion to