To change things that are ruled by nature. We’re lazy. We expect one image of someone we’ve never met to cause miracles in our lives because we live by the word of the church, therefore we deserve it, because we’ve only been loyal to him. With the belief of God we’ve put an excuse for everything, instead of using logic and making a change for ourselves. Praying is essential when believing in God, but praying should be meant to thanking the invisible, not asking for more.
Although there is no visual proof of a supernatural power such as God, believers are motivated by universal beliefs in things we cannot see. Why would we believe something we can’t prove or see? Also, why do people believe in something that is proven to be wrong? This is because of the willing suspension of disbelief and faith. In general, we don’t know for sure that something as God or any higher power of such has ever lived or existed, but it gives people hope and therefore religious knowledge systems still incorporate and effectively uses suspension of disbelief.
Some people think that if you do not have a religion then you do not believe in a higher power such as God. I believe in a God, but as to what God that is I am not sure and I also believe in an afterlife but I cannot tell you whether it is Heaven, the Netherworld, or something I have not even explored yet. I was always taught that when you commit to something, you should do it and follow all the guidelines that come along with it. In all of the religions that I have explored so far during my life, I have found one or two things that I refuse to follow in respect of my personal beliefs. This means that I can not make a complete commitment to any of these religions and do not want to call myself something that supports a contradicting brief I cannot fully believing in.
Christian theologian William Lane Craig argues that without the existence God, a person’s life is devoid of meaning, purpose, and value. He claims that since God provides these, he allows humans to lead a satisfying and productive existence. Craig also states that without God, we are without guidance, meaningless, and in despair. In disagreement with atheist philosophers, Craig concludes that it is impossible to live a fufilling life without God. In this paper, I will examine each argument, and provide insight related to the strengths and weaknesses of his claims.
Faith, Brown’s wife, symbolizes Brown’s faith in God. The whole story is based on Goodman Brown losing his faith in God. “Faith kept me back a while” (Hawthorne 343) has a hidden meaning in that Brown’s faith in God kept him from meeting with the guide. With most Christians, faith is what keeps one from temptation and the Devil. Goodman Brown has not been married to Faith for long which symbolizes he does not have strong faith in God yet.
At the beginning, when God mentioned how “You’ll be reincarnated,” I thought I understood the gist of the story; however, I was completely mistaken. Weir didn’t let me stop to breathe. Rather, he moved at a surprisingly swift pace explaining the afterlife not through religion, but through a philosophically bizarre theory: time. Through history many people tried to explain life, through religion. This is what made Weir’s story unique: he never once mentioned anything about religion.
My knowledge of the Bible is limited to what was reiterated to me in church. Growing up, I was taught that Satan was once a good angel who rebelled against and disobeyed God because he was jealous and wanted to be more powerful than God. I never questioned this because I thought seeking answers and clarification would be going against God. For some Christians, Satan is the
Lewis’s work depicts a strong Christ-like character and has many tools or situations that have strong biblical origins and influences. Growing up, C.S. Lewis was raised in a practicing Christian family, but as he grew older, denounced his Christian faith (Nelson, 2). Downing explains that Lewis possessed no love or awe for God as a child because he felt that he had to feel only what his elders told him to feel (128). Lewis considered himself very much a free thinker, and continued to challenge preconceptions throughout his life.
This, he says is more important than knowing the facts about God or performing rituals. This is one reason Kierkegaard supports the knight of infinite resignation over that of faith. The knight of faith is also seen as something comfortable but Kierkegaard doesn’t think we should feel so comfortable. The knight of faith seems to jump into the infinite and come back and seems to have no faith, which Kierkegaard is uneasy with. The knight of faith wants the material world to be the way he wants it and remains focused on the fact that he believes in God but is getting it all back.
But not really saved.” (Hughes, 299). Adults gain a spiritual experience as they become older, but with that experience, they also lose a sense of wonder and innocence that a child still has. Hughes thought he was going to actually see Jesus, and after a while when he didn’t see him, he lied about it just so he could be “saved”. He didn’t even believe in Jesus anymore. “So I decided that maybe to save further trouble, I’d better lie too, and say that Jesus had come, and get up and be saved.
Since I have been a believer from childhood, connecting every belief back to God’s Word is normal, as my faith in God is the foundation of my worldview. At the same time, the world does see this belief system as being odd, and decisions made based on moral absolutes are seen as outdated. Based on my experience, this ethical decision-making process is often considered naïve; however, most people have respected my stances. Article 1- “What is a worldview and why is it important to me?” Has your answers to either of the first two questions changed after reading article 1? My answers to the first two questions would not change, since my belief in God as the Creator and Sustainer of life is a foundational viewpoint for me.
Already, in this first week of class, I have learned some rather interesting things about this intriguing author. First, I never really thought about C. S. Lewis as an atheist or how deeply he held his atheistic beliefs. I have, it seems, always considered him a Christian since I know him only through his Christian writings. His atheism, I discovered, though deep and profound, did not satisfy him. It was through literature that this dissatisfaction