These themes raise questions about what faith is and the qualifications of gaining and strengthening it. The song opens with the line, “I need you to soften my heart and break me apart.” Scripture gives examples of God softening and hardening hearts. In the Old Testament, God hardens Pharaoh’s heat. In the New Testament, God softens Paul’s heart on the road to Damascus. We know that God has the ability of molding our hearts, but the exact examples of Him doing this in Scripture are few and rare.
In The Disabled God, Nancy Eiesland articulates a persistent thread in the Christian tradition concerning how persons with disabilities are viewed. All too often, she notes, they are seen as either “divinely blessed or damned: the defiled evildoer or the spiritual superhero.” These polarizing portrayals do not emerge out of thin air, but rather can be linked to various texts in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament which have helped form prevalent attitudes and assumptions regarding disabilities. John Hull’s “Open Letter from a Blind Disciple to a Sighted Savior” exposes the danger of interpreting Biblical texts without consideration for how those interpretations impact persons with disabilities. One example of this is when Hull takes issue with Jesus’ use of metaphors to diminish those with disabilities, a trend which often continues into the present day:
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.
A lot of Edwards writing is meant for a more mature audience and mostly Puritans. Edwards uses fear to persuade the audience into being a servant of God. He was very strict in his morals and if you did not obey God you would go to hell, and if you were a good servant you would go to heaven. As a pastor he believed everyone should go to heaven and he would do anything to make sure of that, in one of Edwards writings “From Sinners in the Hands of God” he would use words like “his wrath in hell” (Edwards 79). He would use a lot of imagery and detail in his writing to scare the audience even more, for example, ‘hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them…” (Edwards
He explains that change can seem overwhelming and even threatening at times, which is why he wants Christians to have deep roots and dive in deeper into the grace of the gospel. Piper’s thesis is to show that the bloodlines of race do not matter when compared to the deep bloodline of Christ (227). He points out a pivotal problem that humans are alienated from God, and in doing so, are alienated from each other (227). A key way of looking at this is remembering that when people fail to love God, they fail to love others which causes disharmony, pride, and
For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength…” Catholicism is against Deism for many reasons. Although Deism might be similar in some ways to the Catholic belief, it also undermines many of their teachings. Catholicism is very firm in saying that man’s purpose is to know, love, and serve God and that evil works will be punished while the good will be rewarded, along with many other things. Deism, however, contradicts many of these beliefs, causing many to be lead astray from the
He stopped Pittston’s attempts to stall the case several times and desired to bring the justice to the victims. Maybe he was affected by the personal experiences of those plaintiffs and showed some favour to their side, but he was not off the line and still performed just like what a reasonable and professional judge would perform. However, in terms of the ethical conduct of Pittston, I would say I was so unhappy with their indifference and apathy. They did not think about how their actions would affect those already aggrieved individuals. Those victims already lost some important things in their lives, Pittston’s coldness and their focus on getting rid of the responsibility and avoiding payables could hurt those people even deeper.
It has been a blessing in that it has drawn me to God, longing for an intimate relationship with him. The possibility of having a relationship with God as my Father, who is not like the father I grew up with, stirred in my heart. It has allowed me to acknowledge deep felt longings for connection and to embrace them as an intrinsic and valuable part, not only of human nature, but also of who I am as his son. Conversely, negative attachment experiences have also been a curse in that those negative experiences are what feel true. Just as affirming experiences can produce positive feelings, so harmful experiences tend to produce negative feelings.
Father Greg looks up to Jesus especially in times like these. He makes the connection that when Jesus says to love your enemies, it doesn’t mean you have to cease loving those who love us. Just because it is harder, doesn’t mean it is better, it is just harder. When we are able to love our enemies we will start to truly live in a world who God is. I think this story is extremely important.
During the low points of my life, where I am faced with trials and dilemmas, I tend to ask, “If God truly loves me, then why am I experiencing these challenges and problems?” On the other hand, while attempting to follow God’s teachings and doing good deeds, I find myself asking, “If God calls us to be his followers, why is it harder to think and do good than to think and do evil?” Finally, at times when I feel guilt or remorse for something wrong that I did, I ask, “Who are sent by God in hell? If so, why would God, a loving God, send anyone to
Often in the sermons pastors persuade their audience to behave in a spiritual or more fashion. Such is the case in Jonathan Edwards “Sinners in the hands of an Angry God” where he sends sinners to hell, who do not repent. Edwards wanted to impact his audience by appealing to their fears, pity and vanity. Edwards had a powerful impact on his puritan audience because of his use of a cautionary tone, clear imagery and complex figurative language. Foremost, Edwards has a powerful impact on his puritan audience because of his use of a cautionary tone.
Introduction: As part of a prophetic community, we have come to realize that there is a clear distinction between someone who loves God and someone who lives like Jesus. A person who lives a holy lifestyle and seeks to do good to their neighbors, and loves God (of course), is a person that loves God. These kind of people are common, and really great to have around. By no means do I think they are bad people. Then there are the other set of people who are willing to live their lives sacrificially; their lives will actually mimic the life of Jesus.
Loyalty and the Punishment That Follows a Puritan When it comes to spreading religious beliefs you can always wonder how much is too much. In typical Puritan culture life is considered a temptation to sin and you must always be grateful for what god has given you. Writing is a way to connect to god and spread a direct, powerful message to the followers of Puritan life. In result of their religion, bible allusions are commonly used throughout their writings. When comparing the two authors, Bradstreet and Edwards, one must look at some of their most common works.
One day Jose Michard Teixeira responded to a writing prompt about patience. Teixeira doesn’t have patience for things like having feeling for people that doesn’t have his best interest in heart. He doesn’t feel like being used anymore. If I was him I would agree with him. I think that almost everybody had a time that a friend was disloyal to him or her once or that you don’t want to be nice anymore because you always have a negative response when you try to reach out.
Many people in the world could be Christians but could be to scared to stand up to their faith if anyone turns it down. Very few will have a good comeback when asked why. Why believe in the word of someone who one can’t even see. Standing up for what you believe in is hard but with courage, and the strength of God is what makes standing up against other easier. There are some in the world that would will with no doubt say “I would rather stand with God and be judged by the rest of the world