Candless In The Sun Rhetorical Analysis

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In the secular song, “Candles in the Sun” by the musical artist Miguel, he demonstrates his questioning of a higher power, humanity’s purpose and the problem of evil through simple, yet thought-provoking lyrics. Though he never states what his beliefs are, it seems as if he is wrestling through many different religions and how we as humans are to respond to them. Miguel opens the song up with a line of questioning: “Is there a God? Is he watching? Is she watching? Are they watching now? If not, what are we doing? Where are we going? What are we doing now?” It seems as though he may be creating these lyrics out of a Deism Theology. He first addresses if these is a god, and if he or she is watching and then recognizes that humanity can respond…show more content…
Some of the tear samples include the emotions joy, grief, change as well as the tears caused by freshly cut onions. Upon studying these results and reading the article, I began wondering about how God’s immanence and transcendence is displayed in the smallest details of our creation. In reference of God’s immanence this article shows that God is detailed in creation. He knows the molecular differences in the tears we cry. But does his knowledge of them necessarily mean that He create them? Our general perceptions of tears are usually a reaction from mental or physical pain. It could also stem from a reaction of fear, anxiety or discomfort. We would usually generalize those reactions as reactions of sin. In other words, we usually cry because of sin that is taking place or has taken place. And since God accomplished creation before the Fall and introduction of sin into the world, would He have actually created the tear or the ability to cry? Though I fully believe that God is near and personally involved in our lives, I wonder if he is responsible for everything that was, is and is to be, even down to the molecular structure of our tears. Scripture indicates that he responsible, specifically in Psalm 139:13-16, which tells us that God created out inmost being. And in Jeremiah 1:5, we see that we were known and set apart before the world was formed. In reference to…show more content…
These themes raise questions about what faith is and the qualifications of gaining and strengthening it. The song opens with the line, “I need you to soften my heart and break me apart.” Scripture gives examples of God softening and hardening hearts. In the Old Testament, God hardens Pharaoh’s heat. In the New Testament, God softens Paul’s heart on the road to Damascus. We know that God has the ability of molding our hearts, but the exact examples of Him doing this in Scripture are few and rare. Can we even request a type of divine intervening like this? In Mark 11:23, Jesus tells us that if we have the faith to move mountains, the mountains will move. Let’s say that requesting God to soften our hearts is legitimate. What is the significance or insignificance of casually lifting it up in lyrics that were merely read off a screen? The examples in the Old Testament are practically general revelations. When we sing of this request, we are basically asking God for a special revelation and we should not take that lightly or casually. The next lyric begins by saying, “All I am, I surrender. Give me faith to trust what you say, that you’re good and your love is great.” First, we humans cannot physically surrender all here on this Earth because we
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