Arnold and Beyer (2015) explain that Job deals “with undeserved suffering and the attendant problem of theodicy…[that is] the attempt to justify God’s ways in the world” (p. 270). Job and his friends hold a theology of retribution: blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience (Deuteronomy 28). Consequently, as they correctly believe that God is righteous and just, Job’s friends blame Job himself for his sufferings. Elihu summarizes their beliefs, “It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. He repays a man for what he has done; he brings upon him what his conduct deserves” (Job 34:12 & 11, New International Version).
Augustine uses The Bible as well as his internal will power to spur change in his life, but Scrooge needs ghosts to do so. There is however an irony in the fact that both are equally fantastical, although one is considered reasonable and the other is considered a heartwarming story of redemption that could never really happen. Both corrupted by the pursuit of superficial success, during the beginning of The Christmas Carol and
Question #1: What does biblical inspiration mean? Does God speak to us directly through the bible, or is the word of God always open to interpretation? How does one best defend his or her interpretation? Biblical Inspiration is that extraordinary or supernatural divine influence vouchsafed to those who wrote the Holy Scriptures, rendering their writings infallible. (Web Bible Encyclopedia) Likewise, biblical inspiration is the doctrine in Christian theology that credits the authors and editors of the Bible as ordained or influenced by God thus rendering their writings the word of God.
He uses two authorities to which he knows his audience claims allegiance; that is, he exercises both his own authority and the authority of the Bible to make his arguments about the nature of sinners more powerful. The scripture quoted at the beginning of the sermon then becomes irrefutable proof of the precarious nature of sinners in the sight of God. The strong argument in the introduction to Edwards' sermon, which is fortified by the scriptures and Edwards' ability to interpret the scriptures, immediately establishes Edwards as an authoritative figure, thus lending credibility to the rest of the
While I found this article somewhat easy to follow, I can understand how some of Aquinas’s arguments can lead to debate or confusion on the nature of God, evil, and free will. Despite this, because of reason and what God is envisioned to be, I agree with conclusions that Aquinas has made. Renick begins by asking the question “Why is there evil in the world?” The answer given by many Christians is that Satan is the reason evil exists since he corrupts God’s creation and history through Eden. Initially, I believed the same thing. My knowledge of the Bible is limited to what was reiterated to me in church.
By shedding light on areas that need addressing, Russell rightly stirred a great deal of controversy and disagreement. Frequently, our man-made traditions, behaviors, and actions within a religion are wrongly designated as holy, but as we often say in class, “absolute power corrupts absolutely”; this is very evident in the watering down of Christian tradition through the power-grabbing tendencies of human nature. However, as in any aspect of life, if we are not willing to look into the parts of ourselves that need improvement, we will never grow. Though I may disagree with his broad categorization of Christians, I agree that his points are valid and definitely give the Christian faith a great deal to consider and work to improve
Beaver gave an accurate representation of Aslan in the book as he described him as not being safe, but still being good. We have established that his role in the story is to be the savior to all of Narnia and to deliver them from evil. We identified Aslan’s fictional character to be the representation of Jesus Christ and determined that this was accurately and profoundly portrayed throughout The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. C. S. Lewis was able to take Jesus Christ and accurately portray him as a fictional character in a children’s novel in a profound and powerful fashion that it will continue to impact many more generations to
Yet, it is argued that they dealt with the topics of Love and Marriage differently. While Bradstreet sees the loving relationship between husband and wife as a way to praise God and to claim the heavenly rewards in afterlife, Taylor believes love of God has the power to unify divine and human. Puritanism refers to the movement in the sixteenth and seventeenth century to reform the English Christianity. According to critic Leites, puritans pursue a life which is “in the realm of everyday conduct, ethically strict; in the realm of belief, meticulously scrupulous; in matters of ritual, simple, and in matters of piety, deeply concerned with the inward state of the soul” (Leites 383). He further argues that the piety is analogical with the Puritan’s notion of love, which requires not only the “outward fulfillment of the duties of marriage”, but also “the proper intentions and feelings towards the spouse” (Leites 383).
And last, he states that there is a perseverance of saints, therefore all who are saved are saved for eternity. Calvin expressed these ideas in the Institutes of the Christian Religion. This work of his was received with both criticism and intrigue. Calvin’s ideas were very radical, but he sought to back each of them up with what he believed was the ultimate authority of the Scripture. Calvin combats the idea that the church gives Scripture its authority because he believes that the Bible offers “as clear evidence of its truth, as white and black things do of their color, or sweet and bitter things of their taste” (31).
"His is the Hand that wounds. "His is the Hand that heals. "”this to me symbolizes that “His” is Moreau because if he put them into this world he can take them back because he has the power as the chant says to “wound, make and heal” as People of ancient civilization thought that the gods were cause of everything they didn't have an explanation for. Another element that subjects that Moreau sees himself as god of the island because as in any religion there is the great creator who put all living things on earth which in this case is the island and there is law that allows them to worship said god and a place where they, well end up if sin is given into and will be punished for wrongdoings ( house of pain is the beasts fols hell while their sin being giving into their animal tendencies). Also the law that is used to keep the beast people in check is also a way to make them believe they are human and helps hide the