After considering this, I realized that part of the answer lies in the notion of humility. Saint Benedict believes that the only way to quickly reach “exaltation in heaven” is by climbing “by the humility of this present life.” For monks living life with humility and climbing up the 12 stages of humility was the proper way to live and would eventually lead to salvation. Furthermore, I also think that “after ascending all these steps of humility…[they] will quickly arrive at the perfect love of God which casts out fear.” In essence, after going through the 12 steps then monks will no longer act with humility out of self-interest and a desire to avoid hell, but will “naturally” act out of a “delight in virtue.” I agree with this because I do not believe that we need be threatened with repercussions to act virtuously but it should be something that is instinctively instilled in us. Furthermore, in addition to their moral growth the monks are also “cleansed of vices and sins.” Considering all of these things, then I can better understand monks’ decision to willingly limit their free will and live a life of hardships and strict restraints since they would be guaranteed salvation and act with humility from selfless motivations. Do you think that 12 steps of humility that St. Benedict defines fulfills his goal
The Ultimate Concern, is Faith, according to Paul Tillich. This redefines the normal definition of faith which is basically credulity. Doubt is essential to this concept of faith because it constantly focuses the faithful person to consider whether or not our ultimate concern is, in fact, the highest that it can be. We can be mistaken in our faith in one very important way: objectification. It becomes a talisman with power over the believer, rather than the believer having the authority over the end.
Tony trusted God had a plan for all those decisions he didn’t agree with. Just like my parents had a reason for the decisions I hated as a kid. We can’t always see the reasoning or what is going on, we just need to trust the people making the decisions and respect those decisions. Though I didn’t always have the same respect for my parents as Tony did for his coaches. It is something I’ve learned to have.
On page 45 he says,” I was ceased to pray. I concurred with a job. I was not denying his existence, but I doubted his absolute justice.” Elie is not denying the fact that God doesn’t exist, but little by little he’s getting separated farther from him. In conclusion Elie’s faith towards God does shift around throughout the story. In the beginning he would always pray and believe God was good.
I can relate to having faith because I often put trust or confidence into someone or something when I’m having a struggle in my life. When I was younger I didn’t really know God. Once I found out about God, I immediately learned having faith in him is one of the most important decisions anyone can ever make. Once I made that decision to maintain my trust in him I noticed that many things started to fall my way. In the novel, Eliezar also questioned his faith several times but always turned back to putting his trust in God because he knew what was right.
He read a bible before with very diverse groups of opinions, but; that did not conform well to the data of the Bible. Inerrancy is not the word for the Bible rather for ways of acting. Overall, I agree with Stanley’s point of view because it really seemed more gravitated toward my generation. Indeed, the Bible is important but the overall significance of faith should be based on Jesus’ principles and the history that comes with
He wouldn’t be able to be certain unless all clear and distinct perceptions were certain, so it is in the first couple of paragraphs that Descartes concludes that whatever he perceives as clearly and distinctly must be true. Descartes sets aside his senses and his images of bodily things before commencing his argument for the existence of God. The third Meditation can be split up into three main points. Classification of Ideas In order to prove God’s existence, Descartes concentrates on the thoughts
In the Bible and Virgil’s The Aeneid, the pursuit of honor and glory is complex, and it does not come without serious consequences and hardships. However, while Jesus and Aeneas both strive to achieve a certain goal due to divine intervention and both overcome certain adversities, their underlying motives and their ultimate outcomes are starkly different. Although it would appear that neither Jesus nor Aeneas would be motivated by personal fame or glory—as they were sent on godly missions, this is not the case in The Aeneid. Jesus acts completely selflessly as he teaches others about the Kingdom of God and how to live their lives, whereas Aeneas is working to win greatness for his ancestors as he was sent by the gods to settle and create an
Many of which include the people who I love and cherish, which seems a little bit out of the ordinary considering they are very important to me and my life. As Christians we are called to this earth to bring the sinners, wicked, unwanted, and unreached people to Christ. In 1 Corinthians 13:1 it says – If I could speak all the languages of the earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. We are to allow God to take them away
Living in faith requires courage and boldness because faith is not tangible. How does one base their life on an uncertain and intangible belief? By faith(anadiplosis). Faith comes before intellectual conviction. By intellectual conviction, I mean believing with your brain along with your heart.