What was there to thank him for?” (33). He starts to wonder what kind of God would allow such devastation to occur, and he vows, “Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God” (34). The concentration camps tarnish Eliezer’s belief in a compassionate God. As he spends more time in the camps, Eliezer admits that he has “ceased to pray” (45). Praying used to be a central part of his life, but the camps have made him dubious of God’s power.
This matters because hazel motes kills solace to prove his point that if you don't believe in christ you aren't a sinner. Motes view on religion is that if you don't believe in christ those rules and regulations don't apply to him because he believes the opposite and he decides for himself that there are no rules in his “Church Without Christ”. Another example of religion in the novel Wise blood by Flannery O’Connor for example "Listen," he said, "get this: I don't believe in anything.” “I don't have to say it but once to nobody,” Haze said. The driver closed his mouth and after a second he returned the piece of cigar to it. “That's the trouble with you preachers,” he said.
In Chapter 43 of Second Isaiah, the prophet argues that “even when proper sacrifices have been offered, they have not been satisfying because of other iniquities” (Ackerman 1016). The people of Israel believe that if they do everything they can to make sure that their sacrifices are worthy and appropriate, God will accept them. However, Isaiah points out that the behavior and actions beneath the sacrifice will not be ignored. Similarly, in Chapter 58 of Third Isaiah, the Lord speaks to the prophet and seeks to define what is considered false and true worship. According to the book of Third Isaiah, “The Lord rejects fasting that is accompanied by oppression (v.3) and strife (v.4).” (Ackerman 1037).
These prophets challenge our comforts and call us to live a life that is oriented towards God. Jeremiah was anointed with divine words that were difficult for people to hear. Jeremiah was also outcast for speaking the truth. We, too, are called, as Jeremiah was called to speak the truth and let God’s words flow from our lips. Yet, too often, we ignore the call in favor of the comfortable road.
Some dream I had must have mistaken you for God that day. But you 're not, you 're not, and let you remember it! Let you look sometimes for the goodness in me, and judge me not. (Act 1 page 55).” I chose this quote as my first quote to represent John Proctor because like he said in this quote, he just wants to be seen as a good man. He does not want to be judged because of his actions.
For example, Reverend Hale, after questioning John Proctor about why his last born son isn't baptized, he gets,"I see no light of God in the man"(1242) as a comment. Hale response seriously with, "The man's ordained, therefore, the light of God is in him." (1242) Hale was new, so he didn't understand that the preacher John was talking about, Parrish, was a greedy,prideful, and selfish man, though the audience and John knew.Outward appearances in people may be extremely contrasted to the inward truth of the person...someone could be smiling and laughing, but inward could be miserable. The abundant examples of irony in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible hints that appearances can often be deceiving from reality. Verbal irony has created confusion and suspicion because people say things, when they mean an entirely different definition.
C.S. Lewis narrates a sermon called, Learning in War-time, where he articulates why people should learn during times of war. Lewis’ reasons as to why we should be educating ourselves, despite negative circumstances includes: humankind always being in a state of crisis, if mankind postpones searching for knowledge until life is secure for everyone, the search will never begin, we need to learn in order to have knowledge and skill when combatting bad philosophy, and surrendering yourself to only one cause, like the war, removes you from God. First of all, Lewis elucidates that some Christians scorn others for not devoting all their time to religious activities, and that to answer bad philosophy there must be knowledge of what constitutes as good philosophy. Notably, Lewis makes two separate points, but they connect to one another; for it’s bad philosophy if Christians believe that the only way to glorify God is by participating in religious activities.
And last, he states that there is a perseverance of saints, therefore all who are saved are saved for eternity. Calvin expressed these ideas in the Institutes of the Christian Religion. This work of his was received with both criticism and intrigue. Calvin’s ideas were very radical, but he sought to back each of them up with what he believed was the ultimate authority of the Scripture. Calvin combats the idea that the church gives Scripture its authority because he believes that the Bible offers “as clear evidence of its truth, as white and black things do of their color, or sweet and bitter things of their taste” (31).
Prayer is a prevalent aspect in the Screwtape Letters. In Letter Four, Wormwood struggles to attack the prayer life on his patient. His uncle, Screwtape, advises him that it is best if the patient does not pray at all. By being a recent Christian convert, Screwtape suggests that it would be better if Wormwood could take advantage of the patient’s forgetfulness. “Whenever they are attending to the Enemy Himself, we are defeated, but there are ways of preventing them from doing so.” He wants the patient to care more about himself and material items rather than devoting his time to God.
In the poem, “The Hangman” by Maurice Ogden, and the poem, “First They Came for…” by Pastor Martin Niemӫller, the similarities between the themes of these poems focus upon not being a bystander and helping others along with the negative diction utilized to maintain the suspense. Furthermore, the overall theme being concluded amongst these two poems are that everyone shouldn’t just watch injustice, rather they should stand up for right things. For instance, towards the end of the “First They Came for…”, the Niemӫller exclaims that,”...they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me”(Niemӫller lines 7-8). To elaborate, the narrator stood there watching everyone die and he didn’t utter a single word, however when the people went after
After Peter told him to repent Simon then asked Peter to pray for him so that nothing evil would happen to him. I can apply this verse to my life by repenting when I sin, because ultimately I am wicked and need to ask for forgiveness for the Lord and it will be granted to me. Although, I do disagree with Simon and I think that one should pray to the Lord for my their own forgiveness and no one else needs to do it for them. In verse twenty two, the phrase “if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you” stood out to me. This line is not saying that one repents are they are automatically forgiven, it says if possible meaning, if it pleases the
The author thinks when people suffer; they said it is god will and they do nothing about it. However, if you do not believe in God, you try to find a solution for your sufferance. He thinks people who believe in God are narrow-minded which mean there will not tolerate other people view. The author chooses not to believe in God because it makes him happier. He does not think there is an omnipresent force that makes our choices for us.
His arguments were sound and logical, but I expected him to go into greater detail on the need for the return of hymn style worships songs to the church at large. Please do not misunderstand me, I do realize he did in the negative sense promote this, but he never came out and said it plainly. All of that aside, I enjoyed this chapter on congregational worship and found it quite agreeable. I know in my own life I have had to think diligently about why and how I am singing. Such thoughts would have never crossed my mind not long ago.
Langston Hughes short story “Salvation” epitomizes what is an internal struggle for many people, especially children, who want so badly to believe what they have been taught all their lives by their relatives, elders in the church and the preacher; that to have a relationship with God, you must be saved and only then will you be able to see him. Hughes’ Aunt Reed paints such a vivid picture of that idea beginning in the story’s second chapter: “My aunt told me that when you were saved you saw a light, and something happened to you inside! And Jesus came into your life! And God was with you from then on! She said you could see and hear and feel Jesus in your soul.” (Hughes) What happens though when what a child expects to occur doesn’t?
He was admired by many, even by other Orthodox leaders such as Athanasius. However, in his determination to disprove Arianism, he went too far in his efforts to explain the incarnation. To disprove the Arians’ interpretation, Apollinarius explained that Jesus had only taken on a human soul and body, but replaced the human mind/spirit with a divine one. To better understand this, think of Jesus appearing human on the outside and being able to die like a human, but on the inside, his mind was divine. To relate this theory to the Bible, Apollinarius’ interpretation could be related to the Bible verse found in Galatians 5:17 which states, “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” He relates to this verse, but twists it to say that Jesus could not have had a human mind/spirit because it was corrupt and against the divine nature.