Beowulf has very apparent Christian influences that are very noticeable with even in the first few pages of the poem. Mentions of Cain, resemblance of the monsters and the devil, and multiple Beowulf’s victories acclaimed to God for his protectance. Within line 16-17 on the first page there is an evident fusion of the Christian and pagan details of the story stating “ The Lord, in requital, Wielder of Glory, with honor blessed him.” This is the first evident fusion of the two religions combining the pagan’s love for glory with a Christian mindset of God is the supremacy and holds all glory. Further into the poem there are perceptible views portrayed that Cain is ancestral kindred of Grendel, the protagonist’s first antagonist, and all of the monsters depicted in the poem. Cain being referenced from the Bible’s
Rhetorical Analysis "Fear is an instructor of great sagacity and the herald of all resolutions. "- Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” was a sermon written and delivered by American reverend Jonathan Edwards in 1741, and was an outstanding example of the potentially dominant convincing powers of the use of Rhetoric. The sermon, even when read silently, is effective in projecting a specific interpretation of the wrathful nature of God and the sinful nature of man. In crafting his highly effective sermon, Edwards utilizes his authority as a man of God and as an interpreter of the scriptures, a logical and direct organization of arguments, and violent imagery to convince his audience of the vengeance of God against man.
Under the supervision of such an educator, Saul became the most proficient and knowledgeable master of Old Testament. After finishing his education, Saul returned back to Tarsus and started there, though, by the time of persecution of Stephen, he went back to Jerusalem. He came back out of his anger on the teachings of Christianity and as saint Stephen was carrying out Missionary activities with full vigor in Jerusalem. Being the Hellenistic Jew, his rage on Stephen was frenzied as Stephen, had been “circulating among the Hellenistic synagogues in Jerusalem and preaching Jesus Christ” (McArthur, 2015). Stephen was
Arius the leader of the Arians said that Christ did not share God 's nature but was the first creature God created. Athanasius said that Christ was fully God and at the Council of Nicea in 325, the Church Fathers came down on Athanasius 's side and made Arius 's belief become a heresy. Rubenstein 's brisk, incisive prose brings the councils ' 4th-century Roman setting fully alive, with riots, civil strife, and public debates. Rubenstein is also personally invested in the meaning of these councils for religious life today. Digging back in history, Rubenstein learns that before the Arian controversy, "Jews and Christians could talk to each other and argue among themselves about crucial issues like the divinity of Jesus.
As David was the leader, his word was law. It was believed that God spoke to him, so each spoken word coming from him was a message from God. A situation that led to the Davidians downfall was David's apocalyptic beliefs. He spoke of the world turning against the Cult and not accepting them. In response he obtained firearms, explosives and such.
Edwards really lets the message of “Gods wrath” sink into our minds to show how mighty, powerful, and capable the Lord is. The Lord gives us many opportunities to rely on Him and when we need his love and mercy the most. People ignore that and believe they can be their own gods. This is not right because Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.” Meaning that the only way to not end up in Hell is to except Jesus Christ into your heart.
If you recall the story, • Jehoshaphat was facing a great multitude • Jehoshaphat declared a fast • God answered – 1 Chronicles 20:17 (you will not need to fight) • Sing to the Lord and praised him - 1 Chronicles 20:21 • The Lord sets an ambush – 1 Chronicles 20:22 What we believe about God, is vitally important in putting our complete faith & trust in Him as our refuge. A.W. Tozer puts it this way, “What comes to ours minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” If we do not believe God can be and is our refuge, then we are putting our trust in earthly securities, and thus putting limits on God. It may be that our faith in God is not what it should be. So right out the gate, I have a challenge for all of us, me included… What is your refuge?
Living on earth with the “drum major instinct”. The drum major instinct is a desire to be the first. Martin Luther King came from Mark the 10th chapter using verses 35-40 and 42-44 during his “drum major instinct” sermon. Although James and John were making specific request of the master, they were also frowned upon for making the request in verse 41 (KJV). In verse 45 it says that “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give hid life a ransom for many.” (KJV) This verse is showing that even Jesus the son of God knew how to harness his drum major instinct in the right way.
John Winthrop uses Tenets of Calvinism in his writings by "and so teaches us to put a difference between Christians and others. ' Do good to all, especially those of the household of faith'. Winthrop shows total depravity in that he recognizes the difference between sinners and Christians using his beliefs that man was born sinful. He also uses limited atonement in that Christ died for his certain people but it is those certain people that are supposed to influence others to follow Christ. He also says that we are "to serve the lord and work out our own salvation under the power and purity of his holy ordinances."
Illness as Metaphor Illness at a Metaphor by Susan Sontag discusses how metaphors complicate diseases or syndromes of multiple or unknown causes. Sontag says that the most truthful way to describe illnesses is without any influence of metaphors, to keep it as pure and scientific as possible (Sontag 3). However, metaphors are a part of everyday life and it is nearly impossible to escape the use of metaphors to describe illnesses. Tuberculosis and cancer are two diseases that Sontag focuses on throughout the pages we read. These two diseases are related because they are both regarded as an ominous incurable disease.