It constantly broadcasts worst-case scenarios into my consciousness, if I let it. It makes me wonder if I truly have the identity that God says I have. As a result of questioning so many parts of my life, I begin to feel inadequate or like I am messed up because I tend to waver back and forth between one belief and the other. For instance, one day I may be completely confident in my identity in Christ, but one negative interaction with a friend (or even a stranger) can trigger my anxiety, which triggers my insecurity, which triggers my questioning, which triggers my feelings of inadequacy, and the cycle repeats
Although the book never addresses this issue directly, the way the characters responded to their independent hardships help reinforce that, to have religion be important to someone suffering is a common factor. Suffering is the most common route that leads people to salvation. Go Tell it on The Mountain gives good examples of characters using suffering to motivate a religious change. The information about suffering can help the readers draw the conclusion that suffering is necessary for a religion to be successful. Throughout the book, John struggles with the feeling that he is not good enough for his father.
It is, thus, a pressuring and life-changing moment. Langston Hughes, the author and narrator of the composition, “Salvation,” is met with a barrage of thought and emotion come deliverance. Langton’s naivete mistook his aunt’s metaphoric description of salvation, and this led to an absence of spiritual epiphany when the time came. Ultimately, this evoked great dismay and skepticism toward his indoctrinated ideology. Langton's failure to understand the nuances of language is thus the cause of him losing faith in the church and
When I was a kid, I foolishly prayed for pain, knowing “that the testing of [my] faith produces endurance,” leading to perfection and completion (James 1:2-4). Feeling blessed like Job, I wanted to prove myself, but I realize now that only fools pray for pain. Nonetheless, he is a fool who has never experienced true anguish. Instead, I should have prayed for wisdom, understanding that God may pour it down from heaven in the form of pain. This juxtaposition of a loving and all-powerful Creator with the presence of evil perplexes theologians and philosophers alike, but Robert Farrar Capon suggests that “If God seems to be in no hurry to make the problem of evil go away, maybe we shouldn’t be, either … Maybe… evil is where we meet God.” The book of Job is an encouraging testament to the suffering soul, but anyone who would seek out Job’s pain for himself is beyond ascetic.
Question 1: Insight 1 On page 73 the author states “faith or its lack is the root cause of obedience or disobedience, faithfulness or sin”. Our society lacks of faith in God has lead us to disobey God’s Natural laws. I believe that we are subject to suffering because we do not believe in God’s power. According to the author faith is more than just mere belief, it is a deep commitment to God. Insight 2 Personally, hope is a virtue that makes me get up every day and see past all the terrible things happening in today’s world.
Unfortunately, this form of abuse disturbs children in a deep and often irreversible manner (Oakley 2). An initial state of perplexion over God rapidly morphs into an intense questioning of faith (3), which can contribute to severe detriment in their character. This omnipresent disdain can reflect into trust issues and greatly impact further decisions in life. With such an intense betrayal, it can be difficult for the victim to maintain their religious lifestyle and depression and anxiety can become prevalent (2). In Unwind, Lev’s parents had sent him to be tithed - or unwound as servitude to God (Shusterman 31).
According to Piaget, adolecents and adults use analysis; they become more abstract. This explains why many adolencents take algebra and geometry because they have to ability to think abstract and analyze. At that point of my life, I learned to understand why people do the things they do and apply my abstract thinking to religion. During my adolescent years, I began to question my faith and try to understand why I need religion in my life. My parents where so supportive of me and answered all the questions and doubts I had about my religion.
Vallejo depicts God as hateful instead of merciful, because the speaker challenges and questions God’s methods. Vallejo continues by displaying an acute message, painful frustration at being unable to determine why life is so hard. This would interpret that not only difficulties of life can take a toll physically, but mentally as well and lead you to question why our lord and savior continues to be blind or to assist with our derailments in life. Vallejo’s thinking of God could be looked at as unorthodox. Most refrain from having an unorthodox kind of mentality about God.
The truth hurts, sometimes more than others, but this piercing two-edged sword is what shapes us into what we become in life; either good people, from learning and speaking truth or bad people from hiding the truth and speaking lies. One instance in my life, where seeing the truthful insight was disturbing, was when I, with the help of my family, saw that it was time to get out of an abusive relationship. It was like any destructive and worldly relationship, where one feels completely enveloped in a fog of that person and their manipulation; I felt like there was nothing outside of my own, self-made cave. I saw the shadows of what I thought were representations of love and trust, but it was only my imagination that took those shadows and
I had difficulties in placing trust towards people I meet in life, I become defensive in the way I present myself. Illusions were formed, thinking that everyone is going to hurt me. Even though I still do feel the need of make friends and tries to trust them. However, they always end up drifting away from me. It leads to the beginning of my introvert personality and isolation.
"HOW TO PREACH A LOUSY SERMON" When writing a lousy sermon Collins said that one should remember never, quote too many scriptures. Why should you try to show off by over stating scriptures like you are an expert? In fact, the assignment of a preacher is to minister by meeting the needs of the people not to make yourself look good. After all, the anointing makes the difference not the vessel. The Lord needs a yielded vessel that will do the will of the Father and not their agenda.