After Jesus healed the leper, Jesus ordered him to “‘see that you say nothing to anyone’” (Mk 1:44). At first glance it appears that in this scene Jesus is fixated on keeping his Messianic identity a secret. Yet, there lies a central fallacy in this belief because Jesus already had a reputation as a miraculous healer. In fact, Mark claims that Jesus “went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons” (Mk 1:39). Similarly, when Jesus heals the paralytic Mark says that “many were gathered together, so that there was no more room…and he [Jesus] was preaching the word to them” (MK 2:2).
The wanderer talks of all of his past relationships and how he feels upset that he can no longer see or share life experiences with these individuals. He paints visualizations for the readers and reiterates the question of “where are they now” referring to his ancestors and loved ones. He also uses his depression as a driving factor to keep him alive and focused on something as he suffers in exile. The poem, although a great read, is inconsistent. Sometime, after the poem was written, it seems as though a second individual added text in order to show love for God, making it a more Godly text.
Consider another Zen story entitled, “The Sound of Silence” Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. They began with enthusiasm and no one said a word the whole day. By nightfall of the first day, the candle began to flicker and went out. The first monk blurted out that the candle is out. The second monk reminded him that no one is supposed to talk.
They repeat that they are waiting for him several times throughout the play. For example, in Act II, Vladimir says, “We are waiting for Godot to come” (Beckett 72). If the last two letters of Godot were removed, then the meaning of the whole sentence changes to “we are waiting for God to come.” While it seems as if it is a coincidence that Godot has God in his name, it is important to ask why Godot did not come like the boy said he would. When first encountering the boy in Act I, Vladimir says, “It wasn’t you who came yesterday?” (42). The boy then tells them that Godot will come the following day, the same thing occurs in Act II as well.
Daniel is a young Jewish man from Jerusalem who was taken into captivity in Babylon. In Babylon he serves different kings through their reigns while still remaining faithful to God. Daniel faithfully prays on his knees three times a day facing Jerusalem from his home, “Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before” (Daniel 6:10). Without prayer Daniel wouldn’t have been able to interpret dreams, visions, have survived the lion’s den, or been able to bring acknowledgment to God. Daniel’s prayers play an important role in the book of Daniel.
In the book Night the main character Elie Wiesel had gone from being a spiritual little boy to a spiritually dead man. In this book we listen and visualize what Elie went through along with a lot of other people. We hear and see what changes he went through from spiritual boy to a spiritually dead. We see that at the beginning Elie had a very strong belief of god. It says in the book that he prayed every day.
He buried himself on veranda of their house viewing the stars, the darkness that surround the country and the glowing lights of the distant high way. Is that the kind he wants to continue on, trying to escape the harsh reality? This is a story of the doctor who is living with full of sorrows, emptiness and hopelessness after losing his faith. Faith is a belief when someone believe in the existence of God. Dr. Lazaro has a strong foundation of faith during his younger years where he still has lot of illusions as explicitly stated in the story.
Anyone who claims I’m a hacker probably isn’t one. – Anonymous It is three in the morning. He turns from left to right, right to left, and finally lies supine. This is not insomnia; he usually falls asleep when the first rays of sun scatters at his window, and his daily routine begins at sunset - a habit formed over years. However, there is something odd about it at this moment; there is anguish deep inside.
Somehow I knew God wanted to speak to me. I picked up a small New Testament Bible that I had hardly read and randomly opened to Luke 9 and read, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it but, whoever loses his life because of Me will save it." Then I felt something say to me, "You claim that you follow God but are you living by this?" Then, a deep conviction came over me.
"Our friend Lazarus sleepeth" John 11:11. Christ called Lazarus forth from his tomb where he had been dead for four days. When Lazarus stepped forth from his tomb, he did not say that he had been to heaven. Lazarus had been sleeping in the dust of the earth since the breath of life had left him. Ecclesiastes 9:5.