It gives the society something to go by. It provides them with an idea of what to tolerate, what no to. How they should govern themselves and why it’s important that they succeed. The puritans wanted a society where everyone’s main goal was to worship and focus their lives on the word of god. They wanted to become the blessed one and be the role model for how to worship god the right way.
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.
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.
He says that you would gain much more by betting that God does exist. If someone believed that God does exist they would obtain Heaven, but if they believed God exists but God doesn’t then they lose nothing. If a person did not believe in God and God does exists then they would obtain Hell and severe misery. If a person did not believe God exists and God does not exist, they would lose nothing. Pascal’s wager states that a person cannot come to know God by reason alone so it is best that a person lives as if God does exist, because a person would not lose anything if God did not exist.
“‘One nation under God’ is indisputably a statement of religious belief. By including it, the government is unconstitutionally using patriotism as a secular cover for advertising that particular belief” (Sherman). When people politely refuse to utter these words, they are often persecuted and considered as citizens lacking in nationalism. They are simply refusing to take part in the recitation of a false statement. The United States is categorized as a secular, free country, and should live up to the expectations that accompany such title.
History tells us that the Puritans were different than the Pilgrims because they wanted to continue to exist with the Church of England but make it better in the New World. (Settling 2014) The Puritans must have felt some type of loyalty to their native religion because they didn’t put their religion totally aside. It is noted that the Puritans did not want the rituals and other beliefs that involved being a member of their native Church of England. (Settling 2014) The Puritans must have favored some aspects of their native religion. Entering into a new world would not give them any interferences to reform their religion as they saw fit.
The Bible tells Christiansin the book of John 3: 16, to love one another just the same way God loves them and sent His only son to rescue them from sin. The Bible does not want Christians to go in to war with fellow Christians nor to seek revenge but to ask God for help. Christians are allowed to choose their leaders and ask God for guidance in order to choose the right leader (Dockery &Thornbury, 2002). Leadership also comes from God and whoever has been elected as the leader holds a divine position that should be respected by the followers. God expects leaders to be wise in their decisions and rule justly.
A person reflecting this stage will not make up rules to replace ones that already were there, or disobey rules that were already made to be followed. They are ones that are truthful to their system. This stage perfectly describes Judge John Danforth. He is part of the court and, not even if he thinks that something is unjust, will he disobey the “justice” of his court. When Reverend Hale tries to convince Judge Danforth to listen to Mary Warren’s words, he rejects him by saying, “We “must” do nothing but what justice bids us to do” (59).
The fallen have obviously destroyed their credibility with the maker, and apologies and excuses alone will not save them. Continuing with His speech, He explains to His listeners that He wants them to be saved, but by doing so Himself He is against risking the truth of their free will. Basically, God is not so subtly looking for a volunteer to “Die he or justice must, unless for him/ Some other able and as willing to pay/ The rigid satisfaction, death for death” (3.210-212). Acting as all fathers do, He implements the tough love and says that if they’re going to act like that, someone has to take responsibility. And, as God’s creations, the angels are unwilling to suffer for the sins of another.
The community that the story revolves around believes in following their doctrine to the point of perfection, creating a society in which people can only exist as reflections of their reputations. In this society, faith seemingly leads directly to existence in the eyes of Salemites. If everybody believes that someone has sinned, then that person might as well have; they will be treated with great disdain, regardless. This in mind, worthiness to enter Heaven can not be assessed based on what people do, but rather, on what they are speculated to have done. This leaves reputation being equated to salvation and, as far as Puritans are concerned, survival is not nearly as precious as eternal life.
However, this was not in the interest of society converting everyone to their own beliefs, but a statement in good faith to maintain peace among the people. Religious freedom, when exercised, goes way beyond that of a political nature. Society is more inclined to do the right thing and further the mission of the church when they truly believe it in
By saying our nation is under God we are declaring that our Nation is good. The majority of citizens would agree that The Ten Commandments are laws that our nation should and is founded upon. Honor they father and thy mother, thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not commit adultery, though shalt not steal, and thou shalt not lie are vital to the nation. Without these morals the justice system would have no effect, the population would not have love because there is no respect, and the world would be chaotic. Even if someone does not believe in God they can generally say they believe in the
A common misconception of faith in God is the belief He fixes what is wrong in our lives. Faithfulness is not merely following God to seek out answers, to solve problems, or find a magic fix. In essence, faith is following God without question and fully trusting in His word and promises. The common misconception that a person’s faith in God guarantees a life free of heartache and trouble is far from the truth. Following God without question is the basis of faith.