The religious position argues that humans are made in the image of god. They are like divine beings because they contain something of the ability to love and know that characterizes their Creator. The abilities to love and to know- will and intellect-are the distinguishing characteristics of human beings in the Judeo-Christian view. The christian view contends that the purposes of life are loving god and serving god. These are open to all, whatever their level of intelligence.
If you do that then you can pray, that prayer, Forgive me, my trespasses as I have forgiven those who sin against me. Matt 6:12 If we don’t forgive others, we are in fact denying and rejecting God’s forgiveness for us. Don’t let the pain of that thing done to you make you so bitter and angry, that you may choose not to forgive. Listen to what the word of God says, Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.
Until someone is in the word of God and is coming to know Him, they are blinded, all they know is the love in which the world believes is true. 1 John 4:7 says “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (The Holy Bible). The true love of God is something that can only be found in fully knowing God Himself. Knowing God means knowing His love: His perfect, divine, and evident love, as pictured in 1 John. As we learn of God, we learn of His love and His love becomes known to us that we may love God and man like God loves us.
This point may seem like an obvious assumption, everyone knows service is done out of love and obedience to Christ. But as Foster points out so frequently it is more than knowing the facts of, as he puts it being "the towel" really is, it is a discipline in which one must destroy their pride and lusting flesh in order to achieve true humility in service. True service in the eyes of Foster is the little things you do in secret that discipline your flesh. It is the act of listening, common courtesy, holding one another up in support, sharing the gospel, and lastly keeping slanderous words from out your mouth and from around you. True service as defined by Foster is something that can be easily done once one denies himself with the act of discipline.
When we are an empty cup and devoid of pride, we are humble. Humility brings an openness and an inner peace, allowing one to do the will of God. He who humbles himself is able to accept our frail nature, to repent, and to allow the grace of God to lead us to conversion. It is pride, the opposite of humility, that brings misery. For pride brings anger and the seeking of revenge, especially when one is offended.
As it was mentioned above, culture and religion were the core topics of these literary works. Although all three main characters were trying to follow their own moral principles, cultural, and religious principles, they had several common features. Firstly, they all were real Christians who were ready to suffer for their sins. Allen argued that “The first-person and chronicled narratives present the captives as Christian subjects, who as patient sufferers came to serve God’s purpose by demonstrating curative and superhuman marvels wrought in his name” (“Naked and Alone” 14). Feeling a strong desire to become exemplary Christians, they had no moral right to complain and show fear or weakness.
“But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold I will spew you out of my mouth.” The spiritual poverty is the situation for everyone and we struggle to open our hearts to the grace which bestows for the salvation of a soul. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” All of us are called to spiritual poverty, which describes a stance of utter dependence on God, not in any demeaning, servile sense, but in the sense of the principle and foundation. God is God, and we are creatures created to praise, love, and serve God. Before all else, we depend on God for our happiness and fulfillment. While we are grateful for our talents, abilities, wealth, and achievements, we are free enough to offer them to the service of God and others and to let go of them when they get in the way of that self-giving.” The
Anne Bradstreet listens to and accepts anything that God wishes, and that is shown through her poem Upon the Burning of my House. Bradstreet knows the goodness in God and rather than fearing him she thanks Him or asks for help. While her house was burning she asked God “to strengthen [her] in [her] time of distress”(9) because she knows everything that happens is through the will of God and only He can help her through this difficult situation. Bradstreet sees God as a just one even though he took all of her physical possessions. She takes His justness a step further by saying in lines 18 and 19 that even if He took all of her belongings, it would still be reasonable.
Why am l saying all this, remember Jesus said, ‘’where treasure is, your heart will be also’’—Matt 6:21. So you can never say, ‘’you love the Lord’’ when your hand is empty. That is an abuse of God’s blessings upon your life. Giving to God something is a sign of appreciating God’s blessings. You take God as the source of whatever you have.
We all have failed and falling short of god’s expectation however, he is forgiving and ultimately the judge of who will go where after death. In heaven, you are said to be in the presence of god and your loved ones for eternity. Hell is for sinners or non believers are punished.. Some may wonder how is any of this possible to know. As a believer, it is very vital as the Word of God says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the son of god so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).