However, despite his claim to be above sin, even an omnipotent being such as he was swayed towards sin and promptly cast into Hell- a massive, eternal case of bad fortune. The second excerpt also uses a biblical, pre-ordained example of a victim of bad fortune: a man named Adam. The text explains that Adam was not the result of “man’s unclean seed”, but created by God himself. Adam was even holy enough to dwell in the Garden of Eden (biblical paradise) (9-11). However, despite his divine origins and his access to the highest holiness, bad fortune still befalls Adam as he partakes of the tree of life and is condemned to mortality.
This first premise is in relation to the second and third because if God is all powerful, wholly good and in existence, the product of his work, our world, should be a reflection of his being. It should entail a world with no evil, instead heavily endorsed with goodness. Mackie identifies this when he states “Good is opposed to evil, in such a way that a good thing always eliminates evil as far
However, as Cotterell explains, the underworld was not only a place of punishment. It was also the location of Elysium and the Fields of Asphodel, which were areas of the underworld where no chastening took place (161). Along with being the ruler of the underworld, Hades was also god of riches. Pluto, remained god of the underworld; however, he was also "identified as a god of the earth's fertility" ("Pluto (in Greek religion and mythology)”). Unlike his Greek counterpart, Pluto was seen as a much more calm and kind leader.
Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires! 7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all! 8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!
Namely, Inferno excluded hypocrites and those who commit violence against themselves. While both are biblical sins, neither are suggested as being so heinous that the sinners are denied redemption by Christ. Joseph Kameen believes that ¨Dante primarily intended to explain biblical justice through his contrapasso,¨(Kameen), but ¨inevitably added some of his own invention,¨(Kameen). It could be possible that Dante was more focused on making ironic punishment for sinners than fair ones. Circles with more malevolent-minded individuals were allowed redemption, while these two were eternally
Even though the desire of power is different for Satan and Victor it still results in both crossing the line and attempting to play or become God. Satan revolted against God and was cast into Hell due to him not wanting to bow down to the Son of God. His ill intentions were devised with the help of Beelzebub
However, I cannot completely agree with either point of view concerning God’s power. According to Hick’s theory God is, was, and always will be all powerful, but the Process-Relational Theory suggests that God though a very powerful being, He is not all powerful. Both suggest that evil exists either because of God’s awesome power or due to the lack of that power. As a Christian it is easy to agree with John Hick’s arguments that God is all knowing and all good but can the belief that God is all powerful hold its own in a world full of evil. If he is all good why would he not use his bounty of power to rid the world of evil?
In Dante’s Inferno, hell is organized into sections that are categorized in ascending order of severity as they descend into the depths of hell. The punishment of the sinners in each category reflects the sin itself, known as contrapasso. However, the severity of a sin and its punishment was never explicitly stated in the Inferno, which can lead to multiple interpretations of the ordering principle of hell. In the Inferno, individuals who committed fraud are punished far more severely than those who committed murder or those who mocked God. With this detail in mind, an interpretation of the ordering principle of hell is the severity of harm and damage of the sin towards society and the government which indirectly harms God’s plan for order.
Satan did not only encourage them to break the commandment that God gave them, he also gave them false assurance that nothing would happen to them if they disregard the commandment of God. In this regard, the serpent did not force them to disobey their Master, he used the power of persuasion to lead them to disobedience. That power of persuasion was based on lies. He lied about their liberty to disregard the commandments of God, and he also gave them a false assurance to comfort them about the consequences of not obeying the word of God. God is the Creator and man is the created, and owing to this, God is the Law Giver and man must obey the laws given to him by the Creator.
In this case, Good is God, and Evil is the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden. In the Christian religion, God is the most heavenly and free-from-sin being in the world, so it is obvious why he represents what he does. God even created the world (see Gen. 1-2). The forbidden fruit, on the other hand, led to curses, sin and a whole lot of trouble, which blatantly refers back to the idea of Evil (see Gen. 3). In the Bible, Good/Evil is represented by material beings or objects instead of ideas or feelings, which is now a common recreation.
Victor also compares the monster to Satan. Logically, if the creation of Frankenstein/ the mortal enemy of Frankenstein is the equivalent to the creation of God/ Satan, then Frankenstein is considered to be “playing god.” Victor is also referred to many times in the text as the “creator”. What is contrasting about their biblical counterparts is that the monster (the equivalent to Satan) is capable of good and Victor (the equivalent to God) is capable of sin. This meaning behind the allusion is most clearly seen in chapter 15 when the
The Agents of Good and Evil There is this belief that the Christian God is good and all-powerful. He has the power to create worlds and beings, yet there is still evil in the world. Both Pierre Bayle and Voltaire address these questions in their works “Paulicians” and Candide (respectively). They both believe the Manichean philosophy as a more rational thought process than the contemporaneous Christian view. This belief is that there is not one, but two gods in the world; a god of good and a god of evil.