Ultimately, what is so powerful around Augustine’s take on evil is that he continuously sought God’s will in the process and looked for reason in the midst. The both/and incorporating head and heart. He shows us that even if we strive for perfection, it is an impossibility. God loves us even in “our” wickedness and it is by nothing we do. He is able to show us that God is transformative if we are
However, God does not betray the righteous, rather he allowed the foreign evil to wipe out his sinned followers ( “Habakkuk,” ZHB, 503). Justice is the universal word that connects Habakkuk’s concern for the struggling righteous to the undeserving evil. Habakkuk’s prayer revolves around justice and it interpretes that justice is not being served to the right people (Haak,”EDB,” 536). The adversity given by God allowed those who truly had trust and faith in his words to be
The corollary of this doctrine of Augustine is that anyone who is not baptized or exonerated before he dies will directly go to hell. Augustine insists that mankind cannot be good in itself because all good deeds are caused by the grace of God. At the same time, he wants to insist that human beings must be self-blame for their evil because all the evil behavior is caused by human own will. Will is internal, so human have to be responsible for their
He thought this because he believed it involved that the elect that salvation that the elect could get could also be gained by the non elect person as a result of their own effort to salvation. Which I believe from my religion to not be true. I believe that anyone has the open and free will to receive salvation it's not only given to a specific group of people. But Calvin did not believe this to be true he believed that the reprobate are the people that God intentionally chooses to neglect, I don't believe that God neglects anyone that does not neglect him. John Calvin believed firmly in election and predestination and he backed his beliefs with biblical statements.
By laughing and mocking my enemy in distress, I am putting God in a position of defending that person to whom I show contempt or even malice towards. In concluding my discussion post, boasting for me would be showing pride and glorifying oneself. Not only that it takes the glory away from the Lord. If I desire to glorify someone, then let it be to glorify God in order to encourage others. To quote Matshona Dhliwayo, “If you show off do not get upset when God doesn’t show up,”
Arminian believed that because of free will, people choose God not vice versa. That means that opposed to Calvinists view of unconditional election, the Arminianists hold the view of conditional election. With that being said, they think that God chose his people based on his ‘foreknowledge’ which is Him looking into the future and seeing who responds to the gospel (Colie, 2006). The teaching of Arminianism is basically a direct opposite of Calvinism. To explain, the Arminianists believe that the grace of God can be resisted due to free will and it’s not God’s decision to save us.
We lost our ability to connect with each other as people. In order to defend ourselves, we lash out at each other because we don’t want to be found guilty. We love the darkness because we feel that it protects us from the light and truth of God. It protects us from actually knowing and acknowledging that we are not ok with who we are and what we are doing. A related piece of this protection is the protection the darkness gives us from someone who actually is trying to find us, loving us, or exposing who we really are.
Justification by faith is the righteousness that God gives to the sinner as gift due to the faith they have responded to Him with (CITE). In contrast to justification, the Law is observed by works. The harsh realization of the Law is found in the inability of someone to live by and carry out the mandates it presents. Evaluation of definitions requires research to justification’s ability to replace the Law. Paul plainly rejects this notion, declaring the Law is not replaced and explains that if had not been for the Law he would not have fully know what was sin (Rom.
Luther, by contrast, hates the very idea of free will when it is applied to matters of salvation, for our confidence in our own free will lies at the core of our efforts to be justified by good works rather than faith alone. The great pastoral aim of Luther’s doctrine of justification is to free us from the kind of performance anxiety that arises whenever our salvation depends in any way on us, our hearts, our will, or our doings.
Augustine attempts to inform others about the various enjoyments life has to offer. His big argument is that people can attain true happiness by accepting God into their lives, and refrain from participating in worldly pleasures. He believes that rejecting the temptations of all worldly pleasures is essential in developing a true and fulfilling life devoted to God. The argument to be had here is that some could debate that Augustine’s strict views of steering clear of the pleasures our world has to offer is excessive and can prevent him from attaining a balanced lifestyle. Society views overeating as outrageous and unhealthy, and the same could be said for Augustine’s belief of self restraint.