Paradise. Mankind free of sin, free of troubles, free of unpredictability. But is paradise truly paradise? Is the infinite routine, complete perfection, and determination of every outcome truly satisfying? In the world of human beings, the answer is no.
Someone may ask “If I don’t know for certain if God exists or not, why should I act a certain way and lose earthly pleasures?” Pascal thinks that this is not irrational. He says this because we do it all the time; he looks at lotteries, life insurance, and education - in all of these cases, a (relatively) small amount of something is given away in the hope of getting back a better, much (relatively) larger thing in the future. This point is especially credible because heaven - to every human being - is a possible infinite gain. He believes that if it’s reasonable to plan for the near future, how is it not reasonable to plan for the distant future - in other terms after death. We all are guaranteed to fall into Death’s grasp, and we all must act for or against God’s existence.
If man was never tempted to turn away from God, nothing bad would ever happen. True, life would be extremely different and marvelous, but how would God know if mankind truly loved him? Emma Hughes states, “Paradise Lost illustrates God’s creation of man and free will as evidence of His perfect nature, not as a contradiction of His benevolence,”(Hughes). God creating man with free will was no mistake. Milton states, ¨In the beginning how the Heavens and Earth rose out of Chaos,¨(1, 9).
Nevertheless, written by the same person, J. R. R. Tolkien, one may confuse one with the other, however, there are crucial differences between these two books. One book follows the journey of a hobbit that helps a number of dwarves reclaim their land. The other book follows a group of people trying to save their world from destruction. However, there still are a few similarities that connect them together. Looking for the similarities and differences between these two books may seem somewhat challenging, but in reality, it’s not that complicated.
This all sums to the conclusion that God is neither a fabricated idea either. Therefore, as a result, God must be an innate idea. The idea of God is one idea, not a compilation of multiple, of a unity of omniscience, perfection, and infiniteness that is encompassed in one being. We are all born with the idea of a perfect, all-powerful God because God has placed it in our
Yet, their passion is not portrayed as sinful, instead depicted as divine. “Divine” in a way that Dante depicts their love as spiritual – beyond oneself, and emphasizes that his power self over the power of love. Dante depicts his passion by saying “the mighty power of old love” (). The word “mighty” is critical here, referring to his passion as something Godly and bigger than Dante himself. Additionally, Dante says “… which moves the sun and all the other stars” ().
The topic that is hidden behind existence of God is belief of people. As long as people believe in something, there is a chance that it is real. It is a common fact that all of the cultures have their own gods and believe that there is no entity that can be greater than God, positioning their God as the most perfect entity. By accepting and sharing existence of their God – we assume that he exists. It gives us an idea that things that we are imagining are true and real to some extent.
Therefore, happiness must be achieved through divine powers that allow us to become eternally fulfilled in life after death. However, pleasure can be of this world because it brings us moments of fulfillments instantly and then dies away quickly because pleasure is flawed because it is of this world and requires no divine power or god to obtain this short-lived image of fulfillment. Leonard Katz, states that pleasure is always directed to satisfy the needs of one 's self and as long as one 's own needs are met pleasure is achieved2. However, happiness, mentioned by Dan Haybron, requires one to seek the needs of others rather than their own needs in order to be
Sacrificing His life shows that He is good and loving beyond any reasonable doubt. God’s creation of the world proves He is all-powerful and the restoration that He will ultimately bring when He returns will only display His glory and power even more. God saves people from the effects of sin; He does not cause suffering and evil in the world. If anyone deserved an answer to the question of why God allows individual suffering, it was Job. Job never received an answer to why, but he did encounter God.
Where there is a health there is happiness. Here the meaning of happiness is not the pleasure out of fulfillment of the desire but the jubilant feeling all the time that is free from fears and tensions. Today, in our world, we need two items to make our lives a complete success. The first item which we lack is “vitality”, which is not physical strength, but inner strength, will power, clarity of mind and the ability to perform every action, with perfection. The second item we lack is tranquility.