Ivan The Grand Inquisitor Analysis

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Fyodor Dostoevsky “The Grand Inquisitor” confront and challenges christ’s motives and works. Ivan, The Grand Inquisitor, confronts Christ and tells him that he cannot continue his works on Earth cause it goes against the Church. He then reminds christ about the three temptations that the devil presented to him and that he rejected them. Which led to humans having free will and an impossible burden he put on mankind due to this. The story sets the people of Christ against the church founded by him. The story is an attack upon the Roman Catholic Church not an attack on "the whole of Rome," as AIyosha points out, but on the Grand Inquisitors in its scale. Ivan believes he is right and Christ has unrealistic visions of “universal happiness.”On this basis, the freedom the Jesus Christ brings to the world is not freedom but slavery. While Ivan is talking to Christ he tells him that by him coming back he is destroying the church. He continues to…show more content…
Because man desires "not only to live, but to have something to live for.” So by this he challenges Christ to show man what they can live for. Satan placed Christ upon a pinnacle in Jerusalem and told him to prove that he was who he claim he was by throwing himself off it. If Christ were really God’s son, the angels would bear him up and not allow him to die. He makes this claim because of Luke 4:10 states “For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee.”And yet Christ refused to throw himself down from the pinnacle of the temple in order to prove that he was the Son of God. Stating that he should not tempt God. Because Luke 4:12 says “it is said, thou shalt not tempt the lord thy God.” But the Grand Inquisitor says that Christ should have given the people a miracle, for most people need to see the miraculous things from the person they worship to believe and have faith. Man needs a supernatural being to worship, and Christ refused to appear as
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