Either god is real and is punishing him for his impunity during the affair, or he is dead and has relinquished control over the stability of nature and humanity. John pursues the latter, likely because of his pride as both a Christian and a male. If we look at the evidence, it is clear that John is a man made of fear and pride. He would rather believe that god is dead, and the wrath of a godless land is more believable than the fact that he has broken his religious code of conduct. It’s more entertaining than surprising to watch John struggle with his pride, as he attempts to convince himself that he is a man of God who simply committed a deed as a will of social deterioration, rather than a blasphemous mistake that would call into question his character.
Dante’s Inferno focuses on spirituality and sin, whereas in Susan E. Blow’s article, Dante’s “Inferno”, the author ignores Christianity. Christians bear the burden of making conscious decisions and to ignore wrong thoughts or evil things. Dante believes that Christians must avoid evil doings or experience the wrath of God. Blow states that through sin a person learns wisdom. When discussing the “Inferno”, Blow notes that “view that sin ultimately rests is, that man can only learn what he is, by finding out what he is not, and that the violation of his ideal nature reveals him to himself”(123).
What deists mean is that a man can be evil and he is still right. It also seems to mean that It does not matter whether or not a person is sinful, he can still go to Heaven. Catholics believe that evil is not only not right, it destroys who a person was meant to be. Catholics also believe that God is a just God, therefore, those who are evil will be punished and the good will be rewarded. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, “The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and
When he said, "Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself guilty of treason towards my own country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings” (9). He is saying that this is what he entails to achieve for his God. Trying to grant the audience a diverse viewpoint, rather than discrediting their own. During his speech, Henry made biblical references such as, “Different men often see the same subject in different lights" (2). The word light was used by Henry, to show again that his views are like gods, and he is not against them.
John Winthrop uses Tenets of Calvinism in his writings by "and so teaches us to put a difference between Christians and others. ' Do good to all, especially those of the household of faith'. Winthrop shows total depravity in that he recognizes the difference between sinners and Christians using his beliefs that man was born sinful. He also uses limited atonement in that Christ died for his certain people but it is those certain people that are supposed to influence others to follow Christ. He also says that we are "to serve the lord and work out our own salvation under the power and purity of his holy ordinances."
He explains that change can seem overwhelming and even threatening at times, which is why he wants Christians to have deep roots and dive in deeper into the grace of the gospel. Piper’s thesis is to show that the bloodlines of race do not matter when compared to the deep bloodline of Christ (227). He points out a pivotal problem that humans are alienated from God, and in doing so, are alienated from each other (227). A key way of looking at this is remembering that when people fail to love God, they fail to love others which causes disharmony, pride, and
Our character must go through positive if not radical change, as we recognize our weaknesses bringing them to the Holy Spirit to be dealt with; casting down imaginations and every high thing that work against the knowledge of God and bringing them into subjection to the obedience of Christ. God emphasized His disdain for complacency when He declared that being neither hot nor cold was disgusting and He would spew the lukewarm thing out of His mouth. Jude 3 instucts us to : “…contend for the faith…” God is a God of order and He expects us to be obedient in the strictest sense of the word. This is the reason why we should be in communication with God according to Francis Shaeffer on a moment by moment, not just a day to day thing, but on a moment by moment basis. The meaning of the word ‘contend’ in Strong’s Concordance 1864 Greek ĕpagönizŏmai to struggle for, earnestly contend for, 75, to compete for a prize, to struggle, endeavour to accomplish something, fight, labor fervently, strive, 73, fight race , a contest held.
Throughout the speech, Henry uses words like “we” and “ourselves” to show that he is still with the audience, and not against them. Henry continues on in that same paragraph by using pathos. When he said, "Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself guilty of treason towards my own country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings." He is saying that this is what he needs to do for his God. Henry tries to show the audience a different viewpoint, rather than discrediting their own.
With a collection of all these cases, they can be used in order to better understand the nature of popular piety. In the introduction of the book Villa-Flores states that blasphemy is in fact a way to intentionally harm God, “... blasphemy is not a sin against the Christian faith, but against the confession of that faith, that is, against the reverence and piety expected of all professed Christians vis-à-vis their God,” (10). What I think Villa-Flores is stating is that blasphemy is basically one sinning against themself and their belief towards their God, disrespecting the deity that gives us and everything else life. Another thing that he states is, blasphemy was used by men in way of confrontation. For example, Hernando Ortíz did not care if was sentenced to go to hell, but renounced God, in way to force Pedro Ruiz to pay him the money he owed him.
However, even with his claims of holiness, he puts on the veil; this is ironic, because the veil symbolizes the opposite of holiness. Also, the Minister shows that he has very limited understanding of true Christianity (Freedman). It is ironic that Parson Hooper tears his face and makes such a big scene about the secret sin we are all hiding. Yes, this sin is bad, and no, we should not hide it. However, true Christianity comes with knowing that we are and never will be perfect, but that God is strong in our weaknesses.