The whole psychology of it, the strengthening of religion in hardship isn’t totally absurd. It would seem through all the loss involved in situations like the Holocaust or 9/11, that some aspects aren’t completely lost. Perhaps putting all one’s faith in a God could supply help to make it through extremely difficult times. It could help keep people alive as they wait for some sort of redemption or subtle sign that their God is there with them. Jews viewed their destitution as trials, Christians viewed theirs as God being unable to interfere with the natural world.
This is important to the book as a whole because it connects to the theme of optimism. The change is apparent when life isn’t going in Eli’s favor, and the life of his father is taken away from him. Deep inside he feels a sign of relief but guilt at the same time. Eli spends a lot of time praying showing that he is religious.
Basic Christianity is a crucial foundation that must be deeply entrenched within the hearts and minds of believers. The essential and basic principles aid every Christian by showing and teaching them how great God’s love is for us. In John Stott’s Book, “Basic Christianity,” he reveals insight on what it is to be a Christian. He also dispels many erroneous teachings that have been brought into the Christian community. Stott states in the beginning of his book that many have held the assumption that God sits on His throne, aloof, distant, and unconcerned for our needs and problems (Stott, pg. 17).
Elie Wiesel expresses his feelings about the existence of God in page 175 of his novel Night, he states: “Some of the men spoke of God: His mysterious ways, the sins of the Jewish people, and the redemption to come. As for me, I had ceased to pray. I concurred with Job! I was not denying His existence, but I doubted His absolute justice.” Although I have had some rough times and have felt hopeless just like this author, I have never lost faith or stopped believing in God.
In Chapter 43 of Second Isaiah, the prophet argues that “even when proper sacrifices have been offered, they have not been satisfying because of other iniquities” (Ackerman 1016). The people of Israel believe that if they do everything they can to make sure that their sacrifices are worthy and appropriate, God will accept them. However, Isaiah points out that the behavior and actions beneath the sacrifice will not be ignored. Similarly, in Chapter 58 of Third Isaiah, the Lord speaks to the prophet and seeks to define what is considered false and true worship. According to the book of Third Isaiah, “The Lord rejects fasting that is accompanied by oppression (v.3) and strife (v.4).”
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. “It is to be ascribed to nothing else, that you did not go to
True worshippers never lack, they never fail, they understand that there are certain things that prayer cannot do for them but worship does instantly. Remember that God is looking for those that will worship him in spirit and in truth. No matter what they are going through, they know that as long as they are connected to the spiritual, they will stand out physically because when worship rises, blessings
The Amida is a sacrament as defined by Livingston as it is performative in the sense that they are asking God for help while extolling his virtues, it is repetitive in character as the prayer is recited at all three prayer services in Judaism, and it is performed with a high level of accuracy as everyone knows the words by heart. Another concept of Livingston’s that Orthodox Judaism represents is that of a natural religious community. While Samuel struggles to keep his religious life separate from his work life, he fails to do so. This failure is indicative of the fact that Orthodox Judaism is intertwined in his very being, it helps shape his view of the world even if he tries to prevent it. Additionally, Orthodox Judaism is connected by blood ties (through the maternal side) and geography with the reestablishment of a Jewish State.
Obedience is essential because, “all right knowledge of God is born of obedience” and obedience must be included in love. According to Calvin, piety is, “reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of his benefits induces.” And, he goes on to say, pious men do not think up ideas about God and what he is or is not, they just listen to what God tells them. This is a kind of knowledge of God. From this, Calvin starts to get into his argument about the knowledge of God concerning the Seed of Religion.
His opening phrase in this scene is, “ “Faith kept me back a while” replied a young man, with tremor in his voice” (406). Although Goodman Brown’s conversation with his wife delayed him, he was referring to his faith in Puritan beliefs. In the beginning, he is uneasy with the idea of darkness and the unknown because that is all he has learned is to stay true to God. His faith is all he has known his whole life and deviating away from that ideal lifestyle is a foreign yet tempting idea. This is evident when he says, “ “Too far!
In the novel, Night by Elie Wiesel, Eliezer, the narrator, had troubles with his faith. He started working in the concentration camp with a full belief in God and his religion, being Jewish. He truly trusted that God, itself, was definite and he knew he couldn’t live without having God in his faith as the strongest power. Yet, this optimism only lasted until the Holocaust began to worsen. His faith had taught him that God is everywhere in the world and that His divinity touched every aspect of his life.
Elie is a very religious person in Chapter 1 of Night. According to page 4, Elie wants to find a master who could guide him in his studies of Kabbalah even though his father does not want him to study it. He went out of his way to find someone who could teach him and was unhappy when he could not find a master according to page 5. That shows that he is very interested in learning and wants to understand the secrets of Jewish mysticism. Page 4 also told us that Elie cries when he pray, Elie said “I cried because… because something inside me felt the need to cry.”
In a time of crisis, one is supported to call upon their God to have something to believe in. But what does one do when they have lost their faith? They must believe in themselves. During the Kaddish prayer, Elie begins to realize that God is testing all the Jewish in the camp. Elie believes that the men are strong, but not strong enough to face the camps alone; “Yes, man is stronger, greater than God…
4. On the last page of the novel, Eliezer says, “from the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me.” Do you predict that life will ever return to Eliezer’s life again? Why?
During a time of great struggle, there is no doubt that the event will cause the person to change. In something so horrible and traumatizing as the Holocaust, where the Nazi soldiers inflicted so much fear on the Jews, there is no doubt they would feel forced to change in order to survive. Since the Nazis committed such heinous crimes, the victims of the holocaust began to deny their faith, go against their morals in order to survive the stress, and their physical appearances changed due to the little food the Nazi’s gave them in the Concentration camp. Eliezer, the main character of the novel Night, goes through an intense character change from the beginning to the end of his story as a holocaust victim. This event in his life causes a change