They are responsible for themselves and only themselves. 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.
He explains, “There is Hell’s wide gaping mouth open (Page 2)”. This implies that Hell is a wide mouth waiting to swallow those who disobey God. It also conveys that people should follow God’s rules in order to avoid going to Hell or being swallowed by Hell’s open mouth, which awaits them. Edwards daunts his believes into following God in order to get into heaven and avoid Hell. He makes Hell seem like the worst thing ever imagined and that God is willing to send people there for not believing/ following him.
Edwards fear to be a motivator in converting to Puritanism. He also describes the plights of those who didn't listen to their fear of God, but lived otherwise unobjectionable lives. The audience is meant to feel sympathy for them. "What would not these poor damned hopeless souls give for one day's opportunity such as you know enjoy!" The audience is meant to want to convert for themselves, but also their lost loved ones who did not get the same chance.
He must chose” the leaders here are showing how they strongly dislike the boys decision and want him to change quickly. “there is no mistake, said the priest. I know this boy. He is a Piscine Molitor Patel and he 's a Christian”,the leaders also argue about which religion is best for the boy but he does not listen and continues to follow all three religions respectively. This is showing how one man/boy can make a huge impact on their society and cause drama or hatred to themselves by as it shows if you continue to fight for your rights or what you believe in people will soon
And while it almost broke him, he prayed and God assured him that his children were in a better place. The Puritans were always afraid of death and scared that they would go to Hell. So, Puritans made every effort to be the best they could be in the optimism that they were one of the Elect chosen by God. But, Taylor knew that he was of the Elect and that his children would ascend to heaven as well. The Puritans viewed death as a blessed relief from the judgments of this world into the blisses of everlasting life.
Before Lancelot goes in, he says, “Ah! gracious Lord Jesus Christ, let not my going to help this priest, who stands in need of aid, be cause to me of hurt or of damnation.” Here, Lancelot either took a leap of faithfully conscious that he was disobeying the order he had received or he truly wanted to help the man. Perhaps it was a tiny bit of both, but the emotions and amazement he had definitely influenced his decision. If the case had been that he had died, he would have been fully responsible for it, once again going back to what Galahad and the hermit told him. In other words, this event attributed to Lancelot’s free will.
Much like Mr. Hooper from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s essay, The Minister’s Black Veil, we all wear the emblem of sin upon our face, some with shame and others with pride. Although the holy scriptures ask for obedience and loyalty to God, temptation overwhelms our body and our mind is tricked into committing sin. Many of us ask for forgiveness and try to repent for our misdeeds. We read the holy scriptures, we attend Mass, we nurse the sick and shelter the homeless, we do all that He asks of us but still our hearts are stained. The truth of the matter is that no one is left unmarked by “secret sin” (1254).
Sequelae of Sin Can a sin be forgiven? A particularly weighty question for for the Puritans because God decided. People can judge someone for a sin, but they untimely do not know what God has in store for them. The Puritan’s always lived their lives doing good deeds in order to get a step closer to God and take a glimpse at their outcome, heaven or hell. When someone enacted in sin, they would feel its moral consequences.
Humility is an important character trait for us all to strive for. But in the instance of workplace leaders for God it is even more imperative to remember. Pride is something that will turn many people away from the idea of Christ. Unity is important for all of us. Because of Jesus we
I was met with the question why does God allow this suffering to happen. Being a Christian has helped me in more ways than I can count while taking this journey through life. I agree with Frankl in that those of us who have any religious belief are able to understand life on another level. I believe that Jesus suffered on the cross for us, to save us of our sins. Therefore, in order to live a life like Jesus we must suffer too.