The most relevant meaning of Jesus’ death in today’s context is best supported by the representative theory of soteriology, and in order to support that, an in-depth background of the theological and historical reasons of Jesus’ death must be understood. —— Jesus was put to death because he was a revolutionary, a possible Zealot, he used language of kingdoms, and his death was meant to scare other revolutionaries (notes 9/21). His language of kingdoms was interpreted by the Romans because he was not referring to an earthly kingdom, rather he meant the eschatological kingdom of God (notes 9/21). Any possible disruption to the Roman Empire was looked at very suspiciously, so the Romans worried Jesus would try to reestablish God’s kingdom by the ways the Zealots were trying to reestablish the Jewish government, by violent overthrow (9/21). Thus, Jesus was charged by the Romans with claiming to be a king, inciting people to a rebellion, and opposing due honor to Caesar (notes 9/21).
In The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Taylor Coleridge uses symbolism. One of his main uses of symbolism is the Albatross. The Albatross is symbolic of our sin; and when we sin, it is as if we killed the Albatross, and it is hung around our necks as the weight of our sin and shame. The Albatross falling from the narrator’s shoulders is symbolic of the salvation that Jesus provides. The free will that is taught in the Bible is the ability to make decisions without any predestination from God.
They sensed treason, and evicted Christians from the friendly treatment the should have been granted. The article Christianity and the Roman Empire by Dr. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe reads, “Thus the classic test of a Christian’s faith was to force him or her, on pain of death, to swear by the emperor and offer incense to his images, or to sacrifice to the gods.” This passage explains the terror of the Romans, for they felt that the Christians were deliberately jeopardizing the Roman Empire by angering their gods. There are many more reasons as to why Christians were persecuted by the inhabitants of Rome, but these are the major elucidations. The persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire started to die down around 250 A.C. For almost two centuries, the suffering and martyrdom the Christians experienced became almost a dull routine
Shylock rhetorically asks, “If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge!” (3.1.68-70) This question and answer fits in perfectly that our compassion stems from our experiences. The Christians all exemplify revenge to Shylock, so when they now want to wrong him, he states he should give the revenge, not them. His ideas of revenge likely stem from his past experience of Christian revenge. Portia states, “It is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” (4.1.192-193) Her statement exemplifies the author’s idea that people who receive more mercy will also give more mercy in her reference to people’s social class affecting their altruism.
Laying down his own is an act similar to what Jesus did according to the Bible. “No one has greater love than to lay down his own life for his friends” (John 15:13) His method of laying down his life was committing suicide which could be viewed as a sin to believers of the Christian religion.
Civil disobedience is at least as old as Socrates, who preferred to die rather than yield to an order to stop asking questions that embarrassed the authorities, to whom he said, “I shall obey God, rather than you.” The Christian martyrs who refused to deny their God and worship Caligula, Nero, or some other depraved Roman emperor were practicing civil disobedience. All abolitionists, members of the Underground Railroad, and those who refused to obey the Fugitive Slave Act were practicing civil disobedience. History and literature are full of examples. Huckleberry Finn resolved to defy his upbringing and “go to hell” to rescue his best friend, a runaway slave. Mahatma Gandhi was an admirer of Thoreau and adopted his policy of nonviolent resistance
It later goes on to mention that if we judged by Paul’s standards today then the declaration of independence is an anti-Christian document, Hitler and Stalin were God’s ministers, and finally the holocaust was an act of God. So Phelps brings the argument back around saying that if Christians can spite the Soviet and the Nazi’s, why won’t they spite people who mistreat
Brutus uses a certain phrase in his speech towards the end where he says, “I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to need my death.” (line #45-47) This phrase has double meaning because Brutus says this statement expecting the crowd to say they want him to live. Antony, however, has a double meaning phrase that is very different. His phrase is also towards the end of his speech. “Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it. It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you.
The Albatross as an example of Jesus Christ when he died in the cross for the sins of the people and also when the Mariner was in purgatory with life and death. The other example was, God made everything and because he made everything they needed to be respected. So, the first thing the Mariner did was kill the Albatross which showed no regard to God 's creation and because of that he got a curse and was only takes away by his
Ciacco also provides the prophecy of Florence’s political collapse. This is how Dante criticizes the Florentine government: by having a shade reveals its tragic downfall. He also includes many Greek monsters (like Cerberus, Plutus, and the River Styx). Here, Dante the Poet denounces paganism and establishes Christianity as the definitive faith. However, he still includes censure of the Church.