Dante believes that only those who seek God and his grace have the strength to properly use their free will to overcome moral slavery and gain eternal life. In The Inferno, Dante is wandering through a dark wilderness when he crosses paths with Virgil. Dante is relieved to see another man
One of his well-known sermon is “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” preached at the meeting house in the village of Enfield, Connecticut, on Sunday, July 8, 1741, at the height of the great awakening. In this sermon, Edwards focused on the consequences of leading a sinful life, the power of God and repenting of ones sins, in order to be saved from hell. The purpose behind this piece of writing was not to terrorize or dismay the hearers, but to make them repent and believe in God again. This piece was aimed at those who lacked belief in God as well as churches. In “sinners in the hands of an angry God”, Jonathan Edwards uses different types of literary techniques, such as, imagery, metaphor, similes, repetition, and rhetorical questions to emphasize his point.
I wanted to explain that Ames is a good father who devoted his life to god no matter how strongly I believe that some things that happened in his life were curses. The death of his wife and child was a horrible experience in his life and to me this would have devastated me but, Ames continues to love god because everything that happens is for a reason just like the soldiers. The Soldiers was a great example to why he did not lose faith in god, and to me is because Ames believed that god does things for a reason and the reason the soldiers died before they saw war is to spare them from the guilt of
When Odysseus comes back to find the suitors hungry for his wife, he devises a plan with his son to kill all the suitors. And just after he has done justice with the suitors, he and his wife can be together again. ‘ Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her’ (Ephesians 5:25). “If you are one of earth’s inhabitants, how blest your father, and your gentle mother, blest all your kin. I know what happiness must send the warm tears to their eyes, each time they see their wondrous child go to the dancing!
The Spirit also tells her that if she loves God, she will truly love her son and her selfish love would turn into real love. Through this conversation Lewis again explains how, while on earth one must not put all their love into one earthly thing or person but in the Almighty
When I was a kid, I foolishly prayed for pain, knowing “that the testing of [my] faith produces endurance,” leading to perfection and completion (James 1:2-4). Feeling blessed like Job, I wanted to prove myself, but I realize now that only fools pray for pain. Nonetheless, he is a fool who has never experienced true anguish. Instead, I should have prayed for wisdom, understanding that God may pour it down from heaven in the form of pain. This juxtaposition of a loving and all-powerful Creator with the presence of evil perplexes theologians and philosophers alike, but Robert Farrar Capon suggests that “If God seems to be in no hurry to make the problem of evil go away, maybe we shouldn’t be, either … Maybe… evil is where we meet God.” The book of Job is an encouraging testament to the suffering soul, but anyone who would seek out Job’s pain for himself is beyond ascetic.
I love how you pointed out the Greeks worshipped the gods and goddesses despite their disdain for humans. There is a chance Odysseus didn’t ask for fear of rejection. I can only imagine his response anyone saying that he could have been in fear of anything. He wouldn’t hesitate to reject such a notion himself.
Well respected Puritan MInister, Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon “ Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” (1741), testifies about the consequences of unrepentant sinners. Edwards’ purpose is to express to the congregation the idea of refusing to repent leads to many punishments. He develops a dramatic tone in order to justify that non repentance is inescapable. Edwards emphasizes repetition, vivid metaphor, and extreme imagery in his use of pathos. In his sermon, Edwards uses repetition all throughout his message.
Wouldn’t you have prayed for revenge, wouldn’t you have prayed for God to destroy them or prayed for the same thing to happen to them? Even when He was once rejected, His disciples asked Him to call fire from heaven to burn them, but he rebuked them and refused to do that. God is in the forgiving business. He forgave David of his adulterous and murderous act but punished him for his wrong doing. Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have
If the god is taking revenge he should do it only on evil beings, Why the hardship to innocents, harmless and those who do good and are good also? If he is that powerful why can’t he do something about the problem of evil? Well this is a tough question that I still struggle with for an answer. I have realised that the evil is in every one, you and me and indeed everyone. May he has to be very radical like destroy one and all.