“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them” (Proverbs 24:17-19, NIV). How do you as a Christian balance the competitive spirit with Scripture that tells us not to rejoice when we see our opponent fall? To answer the question, “How do I as a Christian balance the competitive spirit with Scripture that tells me not to rejoice when I see my opponent fall?” After pondering this question, I must admit that I have been guilty when hearing that something may have happened to someone who has done spiteful things towards me and I must admit that I have been guilty of rejoicing in their downfall.
In the book “ The Peace Maker”, Ken Sande says that conflicts have two basic issues: material and personal. “Material issues involve substantive matters such as property, money, rights and responsibility” Personal issues involve our attitudes and feelings toward others that result of how we have treated one another.” Both issues were evident in both cases, and as a mediator it was imperative that I understood which issue was the most important. The re-establishment of their relationships was key for me, it was something that they were losing. Luke 17:1 (KJV) says “It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
John Donne’s “Holy Sonnet 5” explores the different elements required to make a human being. By emphasizing the existence of two components—a physical body and a soul—the speaker creates the idea that the two must coexist in order for either to survive. However, despite the fact that humans have spiritual elements, the existence of sin taints both parts, and thus the human is sentenced to eternal damnation. Furthermore, the speaker’s introspection unfolds throughout the poem by weaving self-analysis with religious allusions. As a result, the speaker comes to the conclusion that despite his sin, salvation is possible.
Hucks guardians, Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, practice Christianity. Huck and Jim on the other hand, believe in superstition: they look for signs for answers rather than God. They look for bad signs in everything; if anything bad happened to them they 're sure to have a sign that was leading to it. Though their superstitions are silly, they do have reason to believe bad things will happen to them: they live in a world where nature is dangerous and people act with hatred. Huck has a realization that the Christian “good’’ isn 't really “good”; they believe Huck will be condemned to hell for saving Jim from slavery.
Aikman (2008) refers to Atheism as a cause of uncertainty and violence in the world of faith. It only disturbs the concrete beliefs of Christians to the supremacy of God. With unseen motives, Atheism became a source of development of hesitations that break the connection of God and man. People became more aggressive because they do not worry on the possible consequences of their wrongdoings and the sins they commit. Atheism brings about the existence of evil and suffering.
Throughout the novel it goes into great depth about if a person is treated and raised badly they will ultimately turn out bad/ or evil if you will. Shelly’s message is that a person should not play or act upon the role as God because it is not the natural place of humans to be gods, because Victor Frankenstein is going against god 's will and natural order, God retaliated by planning to destroy victor or anybody else that goes against his will or the natural way of life which serves as a warning. When the monster first narrates, this shows him to be extremely vulnerable, for when he wants the de Lacey family to be a part of his life, he puts his heart and soul into trying to achieve this and in his eyes they are the prime example of human kindness,
However, the Wendat are not easily converted. They refuse to believe that only man has an Orenda, they deem that everything has an Orenda. This presents a major conflict for Christophe. He must fend for his dogma against the wicked Gosling and her unholy followers. She has more support amongst the people than he, yet Christophe never questions his faith.
Religious Issues in Shakespeare One of many things that we don’t know about Shakespeare is his religious beliefs. Through examining his plays and poetry, we can conclude Many of the religious themes we see in Hamlet are based off of Christian and Catholic beliefs. It is seen as a sin to take your own life. Hamlet recognizes it is against god’s will to take your own life in his first soliloquy in Act 1 scene 2.
In this scene, Hamlet expresses his total dissatisfaction with the life he lives. The world Hamlet lives in is full of pain and suffering, something he wishes he could simply put an end to. He looks to suicide as a potential, promising option. He states, “O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew.” However, the life Hamlet lives is the life of Christianity.
Immediately after, chapter five touches on the topic of sin. According to McMinn (2012), “Sin ruptures relationship, causing us to wander away- sometimes far away- from God’s sustaining will for our lives” (p. 163). This topic of sin must be handled with extreme caution. In particular, sin should only be discussed if the counselor and client have a healthy definition of sin. Furthermore, sin should be approached in meek and empathic ways to encourage healing rather than blame and indignity.
“The difference between an “almost Christian and an “altogether Christian” boils down to love” (5). The love Christ showed through the cross was a sacrificial love full of suffering, so an “altogether Christian” must also show a sacrificial love full of
Peter Petrovich, the fiancé of Raskolnikov’s sister, first meets Raskolnikov when Raskolnikov is ill in his apartment. Raskolnikov’s preconceived dislike towards Petrovich conveys the idea that Petrovich is not likeable. A reader could understand why Raskolnikov and Petrovich would not work well together; Petrovich carries himself well and is confident in himself while Raskolnikov has a lot of self-doubt and avoids socialization. Whether or not Petrovich is an enjoyable person, his thoughts about self-importance and self-love are easily extendable to outside the world of Crime and Punishment.
Crime and Punishment exposes us to a character who is engrossed by his dueling personalities. Raskolnikov, throughout the novel, is shown as one of two people; a sensitive, caring, and compassionate person, or a dark and indifferent psychopath. His “dark side” is what leads to committing the murders of Alyona Ivanova and her sister. The personality battle presented in Raskolnikov after the murders show that it creates an inner conflict. This inner conflict grows and grows, becoming worse and worse until it drives him insane with guilt and forces him to confess to his act.