“The Christian Response to Atheism: Dostoevsky”). Many characters in Dostoevsky writings voice their philosophical beliefs on God and religion. Alyosha and Zosima advocate for a Christian lifestyle and acknowledge that, “those who kill God also kill man” (Mcinerny, Ralph. “The Christian Response to Atheism: Dostoevsky”). Others such as Ivan and Prince Myshkin either refuse to accept God out of pride or attack the Church, especially the Catholic Church, with false or misunderstood principles.
Jonathan Edward was a religious man and believed in Christianity; he used the way of salvation of the people by preaching. He recalled people of the hereafter world that all people are responsible for their actions and behaviors in this world otherwise God will punish them in the eternal world. According to Jonathan Edwards in “sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” that describes the wrath of God toward sinners, “o sinner! Consider the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God, whose wrath is provoked and incensed as much against you, as against many of the damned in hell” (436). Here he implies, if you people do not avoid bad behaviors and actions, you will count as sinners and will be going in
Humanity seems to be in revolt against both God and humanity. Then, God is deus duplex, meaning that while He provides grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, there is wrath and darkness in the world. The world is equally a paradox, therefore, both have been created and has fallen, both are good and corrupt and has the potential for good and evil. And despite all of this, God can still do good in the evil world and culture … which He, by the way,
The definition of evil in Bible means anything that betrays the God. Evil is what is morally wrong sinful or wicked, and it also the result of a bad actions. For evil behaviour, there is two categories: evil committed against people like murder and adultery and evil committed against God like unbelief and blasphemy. Throughout the Bible about Jesus Christ, Judas Iscariot is absolutely a evil character.
In Dante’s Inferno, Dante thoroughly describes what he believes Hell to be. He lists many sins, along with their punishments and placements in Hell. Strangely enough, Dante does not have a specific circle for idolatry, the worship of idols, or something other than God. This is thought to be strange because idolatry is generally considered a grave sin. One possible explanation of this is that each sin in itself can be viewed as a form of idolatry.
God compared the people of Israel to Gomer because of their betrayal. God was good to his people, as was Hosea to Gomer. The Israelites started to stray from God, pray to other “idols” and commit sins. God used Hosea as a prophet, to speak to the Israelites about their sins and to ask God for forgiveness. Breaking the covenant with God typically results in punishment and destruction and the end of the people’s relationship with God, but God does not want this relationship to end.
However, the speaker is not satisfied with simply accepting humanities sin. As the poem continues the speaker asks God why ‘If lecherous goats, if serpents envious/Cannot be damn’d alas why should I be? /Why should intent, or reason, born in me, /Make
He speaks theologically about suffering in the light of Passion and death of Christ, who transformed the meaning of suffering and brought good out of evil. The way in which evil things grow from the pure soil of good is a mystery for human beings. Pope gives an example of the parable of seed which is sowed in the field in the Gospel of Matthew 13:24-30. God allows them to grow together and on the last day, He will separate from each other. But never is the good destroyed by evil.
It seems ridiculous in a world that seek punish upon punish. More in more in the United States of America law enforcement officers are sought to be punished for the way they apprehend violators of the law. Grace as the divine attribute of God bestows worth upon the worthless and deliver unmerited favor to the hopeless. Paul instructed Titus in "saving grace.
The Christian faith is partially based on the concept that sin is imminent, for "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". The Old Testament in the Hebrew Bible portrays this belief through the narrative of Adam and Eve. They were created by God to be flawless but fell short of that expectation; teaching future generations that all humans have imperfections and sinning is inevitable. Likewise, Nathaniel Hawthorne in his novel, The Scarlett Letter, explores these indiscretions and different degrees and interpretations of sin.
Hick acknowledges that there is a knowledgeable separation between God and people, and he states that people are morally flawed and “immature creatures”. Because of these two statements, Hick thinks God has created people in his image, but not as replicas of
After explaining the beliefs of Dualism and Pantheism, Lewis raised a question: "If a good God made the world why has it gone wrong?" According to him, there are two views that face all the facts. One is the Christian view that this is a good world that has gone wrong, but still retains the memory of what it ought to have been. Firstly, for Christianity, evil is a parasite, not an original independent thing. The powers which enable to carry on are powers given it by goodness.
Augustine was a priest and writer that believed evil did not come only from the flesh. He uses this view in his book The City of God against the Pagans. In the book he describes his version of evil in the book of Genesis, why man and women ate of the fruit, and what he believes to be the cure for evil. Augustine believes that we sin more with our mind than with our flesh.
C. S. Lewis presents remarkable ways that different topics and arguments can coincide with each other and make complete connections with the purpose of his book Mere Christianity. After reading Mere Christianity it became apparent that his use of rhetorical devices is unlike any other. He has the ability to portray his arguments in a way that his readers could understand. This quality is quite impressive and every writer, who is trying to persuade, can definitely look upon his work to see a glimpse of what great persuasive piece of writing looks like. SUMMARY
“Rafar stepped up behind Langstrat and sank his talons deep into her skull. She twitched and gagged for a moment and then slowly, hideously, her countenance took on the unmistakable expressions of the Prince of Babylon himself” (“Read” Ch.19). This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti is a Christian novel that deals with how demons and angels interact in our daily lives. Set in a small town named Ashton, demons plan to take over the town for their personal use. They do this by controlling the minds of several different people, and then making them do what they say.