Everyone present was weeping and some were praying. The sound of Kaddish, the prayer for the dead coming from his father, caught Elie off guard and angered him. He exclaimed, “For the first time, I felt anger rising within me. Why should I sanctify His name? The Almighty, the eternal and terrible Master of the Universe, chose to be silent.
He got up and showed everyone he did. Langston regretted on lying to everyone at the church but the worst was, he didn’t believe in Jesus anymore. Main Claim: • “But I was really crying because I couldn’t bear to tell her that I had lied, that I had deceived everybody in the church that I hadn’t seen Jesus, and that now I didn’t believe there was a Jesus anymore, since he didn’t come to help me.” Pg.2 Supporting points: • “Still I kept waiting to see Jesus.” Pg. 1 •
[to] mourn with him, and to comfort him” (Job 2:11). After a week of lamenting with him, they began to discuss his calamities and suffering. Job listed his complaints, showing the inequities of life. Later God agreed with him. Not everything in this life is fair and equitable.
They all began to ostracize him without knowing the deeper meaning of Hooper’s intentions. When the people first see him in the veil, they noted that it gave a new energy to his sermon. The subject of the sermon was that of reference to secret sin and the deplorable secrets that people hide from their loved ones. As the story goes on, tensions begin
If Phil did attend the sermon on the mount, he may have found an easier way out of his forever stay at the small town of Punxsutawney. Phil's constant struggle to please himself by teasing other people with certain techniques was unhealthy for his soul. Jesus said at the sermon that if you trust in God, your life will be made easy. Phil did not try to connect with anyone deeply in the beginning of the movie, and he never tried to connect with God; but if he attended the sermon on the mount he may have been able to realize sooner what he truly
Because these people had no supervising guidance, they found themselves immersed within the scandal and gossip of the community’s status quo, causing them to diverge from Christianity. They simply became far too consumed with details serving no purpose to the Christian deity. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” illustrated this idea when townspeople felt more concerned with the details of the minister’s decision to don a black veil, some gathering “in little circles, huddled closely together, with their mouths all whispering in the center” (Hawthorne) rather than focusing on the sermon the priest attempted to deliver. Moreover, the congregation began to practice a period of religious hiatus over the succeeding days, talking “of little else than Parson Hooper’s black veil,” (Hawthorne) which demonstrated the power that stood behind gossip. Similarly, Hepzibah Pyncheon in The House of Seven Gables remained a rotting hermit after once hearing someone insult her natural appearance, stating “Why, her face--I’ve seen it; for I dug her garden for her, one year--her face is enough to frighten the Old Nick himself” (Hawthorne 47).
No human is safe from the temptation of sin, or the judgement of God. When asked for one final time, as Mr. Hooper lay on his deathbed, why he wore the veil for so long, Mr. Hooper replies that he sees a black veil on everyone’s face. He believes that everyone lives their lives in a state of sin, and that the veil is a vain attempt to hide sins from each other. By physically representing this belief onto his own face, Mr. Hooper became a powerful figure within the community. The veil struck fear into the congregation, with people’s own sins being reflected onto him.
This shows how Nwoye’s relationship with Okonkwo is going to go downhill because of Nwoye. Nwoye converts to Christianity for multiple reasons, one of them being that he finds it as a motive to get back at Okonkwo for the crime of killing Ikemefuna, and because he wants a different way of life. He also wants to convert so he can learn reading and writing and gain a basic education, which of course Okonkwo is not pleased with, he wonders why and how he was able to father a weak and feminine son. “‘How then could he have begotten a son like Nwoye, degenerate and effeminate?’” (Achebe 153). This shows how Okonkwo is embarrassed and ashamed to have Nwoye as a son.
Both authors, Langston Hughes and George Orwell portrayed a sense of pressure and uneasiness from the crowds that watched on. The young Hughes felt ashamed of himself because technically everyone else has been saved (besides Westley). He began to feel overwhelmed as the church members looked at him confused and wondering why he was still on the mourners’ bench. The church made Hughes feel uncomfortable, the tension was too much for Hughes to handle so eventually he decided to, “ Lie, too, and say that Jesus had come, and get up and be saved” (Hughes 184). Everyone in the church started shouting and screaming, especially Hughes’ aunt because this meant the world to her.
The church breaks into song and prayer. Later that night, ashamed of lying and deceiving the church, Langston cried himself to sleep. Coming to the realization that he no longer believed in the higher power. Personally, although the story ends with Langston no longer believing in Jesus, I hold the belief that this expressive narration is written to show pressure of community and family can force people to act. The primary purpose of this work is to be expressive.
When everyone in camp was crying and asking where God was as they all watched the boy struggle to cling on to life, Elie had thought to himself that God was there “hanging…from [the] gallows”, symbolizing his loss of faith in God. From then on, as Rosh Hashanah passed, Elie felt intense hatred for God as He did nothing to help the thousands of people suffering and being murdered. Elie refused to sanctify God’s name because of the immense pain He was causing, and felt angry that others in the camp continued to worship Him. Elie felt “terribly alone in a world without God, without man” and “without love or mercy”. As everyone prayed, Elie felt like “an observer [and] a stranger” because he had disconnected from God, and as he defiantly continued to eat instead of fasting for Yom Kippur, Elie “felt a great void opening” inside him as his last bit of trust in God faded.
Weighted down by his constant search for certainty, Goodman Brown became “a sad” and “desperate man” (395). His sin haunted him until his final breath, “for his dying hour was gloom” (395). In Young Goodman Brown, a young man falls to sin. Due to the Calvinist beliefs Goodman Brown held, he presumed that his justification would exempt him from the evils of sin. His conviction reflected the sin of presumption, and his presumption caused him to lose his conviction.
In the film, the director puts light on this issue by showing the real life event of how the father of a church was beaten by the army men and one day taken away, for opening up to the people of his community about the unnecessary violence they were facing. The lack of a religious leader took away the remaining hope that Chava had left. The father was one of the pillars of support that Chava and rest of the society had. This happens to be a major trouble because the people believed in God a lot, and they were somewhat convinced that all this would soon be over and that God was with them. But as the religious leader disappeared from the society, much of the hope went with
When these people were being treated in such malicious ways, they started to believe that God wasn’t really there for them. They felt as if He wasn 't there to protect them. Sometimes, they started to rebel against their own religion and turn to their worst enemies for faith. Throughout Elie’s memoir, Night, Elie shows that many people, including himself, lost faith during their stay at the concentration camps. Many other victims of the concentration camps lived to see such tragedies that they began to lose hope in God, as well as he did.
Scriptural rambling can bring confusion to younger Christians because they are not equipped yet to follow. However, when it comes to the older Christians, can feed their pride and lead to sin. Collins stated,”the purpose of the sermon is to edify the congregation in their faith, not to convince them that you swallowed a chain reference Bible or a seminary Rolodex.” Therefore, we should only use and teach messages that the congregations can