Edward begins with how God is angry and how only through conversion will mankind find peace from going to the pits of hell. Edward explains, "The God that hold you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you and is dreadfully provoked" (Pg. 126). Edward's' metaphor describes how people in life, when faced with a pest such as a spider, think nothing of it at all to kill it. Edwards compares that logic to God's anger against mankind and how God can see mankind as pests and easily throw them down into hell.
This epidemic is killing many people, this would normally be seen as a terrible thing but St. Cyprian does not value life in this world. He sees life as a burden or pain, which explains why he says many Christians were “being liberated from the world.”1 Again he reassures himself that he has the correct set of beliefs by expressing that only Christians, like himself, are able to enjoy the afterlife. St. Cyprian also saw society breaking down as a test to see who would make the morally correct decision especially when it’s the absolute least convenient time.
The Israelites focus extensively on the fear of God that will “grip” their enemies, but fail to note that this same fear of God should grip them as well. Israel’s punishment for abandoning their faith in God would be annihilation, but they fail to realize this due to arrogance regarding being the “people [God]
He uses a tactic of almost scaring the parishioners that listen to the sermon into believing that we are all sinners, and that no matter what we do, it will ultimately put us in hell. He uses similes and metaphors, and certainly imagery to really make us feel like we are almost in the gates of hell. In lines 50-65,Edwards compares sinners to spiders, saying that “The only thing holding us are God’s hands over the pits of hell”, or we would otherwise be there already. (Edwards: “Sinners in the…” 127-128) He uses a great amount of loaded language and very profound words to add a fear effect to readers’ minds. “However you may keep up a form of religion in your families and closets … it is nothing but his mere pleasure that keeps you from being in this moment swallowed up in everlasting destruction.” (Edwards 126) Edwards seems to believe that even when sinners will try to repent, God will show little to no mercy.
The corollary of this doctrine of Augustine is that anyone who is not baptized or exonerated before he dies will directly go to hell. Augustine insists that mankind cannot be good in itself because all good deeds are caused by the grace of God. At the same time, he wants to insist that human beings must be self-blame for their evil because all the evil behavior is caused by human own will. Will is internal, so human have to be responsible for their
The weight of blame on the Christians for starting the fire only added insult to injury. There were many excuses as to why Romans scorned the Christians, such as misconceptions. The people of Rome did not understand the practices of the believers in Christ, and thus believed the only solution of the matter was to reject the latter from society. Another reason why Rome generally tended to persecute Christians was because Rome had a religion of their own, and the refusal of participation from the Christians vexed Romans. They sensed treason, and evicted Christians from the friendly treatment the should have been granted.
than Christ” so that people can be drawn to worldly desires and follow him. He makes many men scared of worshiping God due to the suffering they are ought to face. Satan may also hinder one’s ability to understand the gospel and apply it life. He makes you see that those who choose to worship and “follow Christ with obedience are poor and despised” while the great number of people who follow him are “the rich, the honourable, the intellectual elite, the wise [and] the most honoured.” Satan diverts our thoughts when we worship whilst “[encouraging us] to take comfort in past performance of [our] religious duties,” by doing this he is able sway us to stop trying to pray and
As Christians, people sometimes behave impolitely to unbelievers instead of showing kindness to them, which brings hatred to all Christians. The most important quality a Christian should have is love and kindness and the passion to help others, but does cloistering does anything good to them? When the prince goes and tries to kill the Red Death in the abbey, no one followed him because they feared the Red Death. Instead of helping each other, people inside the abbey became scared and helpless to other people except dying and screaming (Poe). Furthermore, in the second paragraph of The Masque of the Red Death, Poe writes, When his dominions were half depopulated, he summoned to his presence a thousand hale … the external world could take care of itself.
Thesis: Jonathan Edwards in the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” compels his listeners to believe in God and reach salvation by creating the sense of fear among its listeners arguing that otherwise they would end up in Hell. Summary: In the sermon, Edwards explains in detail to his audience how Hell will feel like. He uses figurative language to simulate how they will be judged by God and sent to hell if they don’t believe. He mentions that this is the best opportunity to believe and reach salvation before the “sinners” go to Hell for eternity. Analysis: To persuade his audience, Edwards
The Grand Inquisitor sees it, Christ has actually done mankind a disservice by keeping people from obtaining security. Most people he says, are too weak to tolerate the burden of free will. As the outcome, he says that “the one who questioned you then,” sense Satan, was right and Christ was wrong. Ivan believes that mankind is not competent to handle the magnificent trouble of free will, and should have given a leader to obey