Christians often view salvation as a heavenly resting place; in reality, however, salvation is a lifelong journey that can bridge the gap between Heaven and Earth. This spiritual bridge can be crossed through faith coupled with good works. “Bridge”, a short story by Daniel O’Malley, features a young boy who struggles to comprehend salvation as well as find his own. This motif of salvation is achieved through the use of biblical allusions which also help support the fact that the bridge is a physical representation for the motif of the path to salvation which the narrator fails to cross.
Calvinism and Arminianism is a topic that has been discussed in the church since the 1600 's when the Arminian Clergy published their "Great Remonstrance" that dealt with the 5 points of Arminianism. A popular theologian, John Calvin said “God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation.” The thought by Calvin can be fully agreed upon, fully disagreed upon, or anywhere in between. Although it 's impossible to fully understand God and all that he is, the bible gives clear insight to who God 's people are. Unfortunately, the
Martin Luther was a very important figure in Western history and for the Protestant Reformation. He argues that many people think that Christian faith is an easy thing, they say this because they have not had the chance to experienced or make proof of it. People have to understand that Martin Luther was not opposed to Christianity, he was just criticizing some of the things that he thought they did wrong. He also talks about the importance of faith, trustworthiness and salvation in Christianity. The importance of salvation is what encourages other Christians to keep worshiping God and having faith. His work, On Christian Liberty, impact on the church and society was so tremendous that he is still recognize and known today.
understanding and hope rests on the resurrection. Without the resurrection, sin and death are not defeated. Jesus is just another prophet, and not our Savior. His resurrection gives us the hope for the future, and his life is an example of the life we should try to emulate while on earth. Heaven is upon us here on earth, and the devil is using every bit of power he has left before being cast out for good, and Jesus returns to claim his new world.
Langston Hughes starts the setting with a very bold statement. “I was saved from sin when I was going on thirteen” (203) but then quickly follows it up with, “But not really saved” (203). That makes the reader question what he means by that. It is a good hook. He then sets the setting, and starts off with a time span of a couple weeks, but then later on narrows it down to minutes. This helps the tension build up throughout the piece, and keep the reader’s attention. When Hughes heard that he was going to be saved by Jesus from his aunt he took it quite literally. He thought that Jesus was going to welcome him with open arms, and that he would be able to meet him face to face to be able to be saved.
“Salvation” is a short story by Langston Hughes describing a boy when he discovered a significant truth about faith and religion. The last paragraph of “Salvation” functions as an epiphany for the boy. An epiphany is an experience of sudden and striking realization. It can also mean the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. This event helps shape the boy’s religious understanding far differently from what his Aunt Reed believes. According to his aunt, a light appears if you are saved from sin, and something happens inside of you. The boy hears adults mentioning the same light, which further leads him to believe his aunt. He is the last child in the church along with a boy named Westley to not see the light.
Before entering Hell, Dante sees a stone sign that holds the message “Abandon all hope ye who enter here” on it as a warning for anyone entering into Hell (I, III, 31). Hell itself is a hopeless place filled with hopeless souls. Every single soul that has been damned to stay in Hell for all eternity shares a single punishment with all other damned souls: the loss of hope. From the “nearly soulless” that run in the Vestibule of Hell to Satan in the center of Hell, hope is abandoned in their sufferings (I, III, 31). However, the souls that do not reside in Hell and have not been damned still possess hope through divine salvation. No one that forever belongs in Hell has hope of being saved, but other souls do possess hope through salvation.
As I stated before, salvation is like lightning, in appearance, in method, in almost every way. From “A Lesson Before Dying”, to reality, to my own story, salvation is unpredictable and yet always the same. Like lightning strikes recorded on the weather channel, we can look back in history and see the times that salvation came when hope was lost. Even then we may never truly know what we were being saved
Christian Response: Salvation, according to the Bible, is due to God’s grace and love. He provided Jesus as the sacrifice for the sins of the world. It’s through faith in the crucified and risen Jesus that we may be saved. Works are excluded (John 1:12; 3:16; Rom. 10:9-13; Eph. 2:8-9).
God decided to test Abraham and told him to take his only son, Isaac, to the land of Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice. Abraham followed God’s instructions and as he was about to kill his only son, God stopped him because He now realized that Abraham is a God fearing man. God said “By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the send that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice” (Genesis 22:16-19). God called Abraham to be a blessing unto
In book 2 of Anselm 's Cur Deus Homo, Anselm and Bobo continue their conversation. Anselm starts off by stating that God’s intention for humans was to have forever happiness and to have eternal love for God and to put him before everything else. He also mentioned that if a person never sinned, they would never die. However, If a person does sin, they will die and become resurrected from the dead. This restoration makes a person how they would have been before they sinned. Also, one of the major points discussed was what we touched in on class the other day. Since Jesus was full pure and had no sin in him, he did not have to die. He did it for the sake of his people, and not for himself. His sacrifice was the only way humans could have
Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki mentions that the gospel texts reveal about the love of Jesus and the love Jesus calls others to manifest. The scripture texts mention Jesus as one who breaks all walls that divide humans under certain categories or label them with captions. In other words, if we are able to see God’s love manifest in the love of Christ, we would be able to understand the love of God too. On the other hand, Burton Z. Cooper states that “God has acted in Christ to redeem us.” This satisfies Jesus’ claim that our faith in Christ will help us be one in Christ as he is one in the Father, as mentioned in John 14:20.
In all three parts of the book, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home, Richard Foster addresses seven different types of prayer in each section. The first kind of prayer that Foster addresses in part one is the Simple Prayer. The Simple Prayer is essentially exactly what the name says it is. Foster calls it the most basic and primary form of prayers. He also says that is the most common form of prayer found in the Bible. The Simple Prayer is where we come before the Father with our sins and mess-ups and just talk to Him. Foster summarized the Simple Prayer brilliantly when he said, “In a very real sense we are the focus of Simple Prayer. Our needs, our wants, our concerns dominate our prayer experience.”
Hi, Marcia, based upon your review Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno evoked an introspective reflection of your spiritual life. Although in high school the opportunity to read The Inferno did not come to fruition, you have a solid grasp on the purpose and message of the book now. Certainly, Dante’s skill in creative writing captivates readers and compels one to focus on their spiritual life. Furthermore, Dante descriptively shares sinners’ punishment depending on the severity of their sin. However, according to Christians, this may contradict certain aspects of scripture.