In his book, The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis attempts to answer the age-old question, “If there is a God, why is there so much pain and suffering in the world?” This is a question which atheists have used as evidence for their contention that God does not exist. Lewis argues that pain is not a sufficient reason to discontinue believing in an omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent God. Lewis recognizes that pain occurs when it is manifested in wicked souls who use their will to harm others. He seeks to understand the purpose behind both moral and natural evils.
Relevancy Of Christianity The authority and influence of Christianity, particularly here in the Western hemisphere, is falling to pieces, and more and more Christians are disengaging from the Word. The loss of applicability started slowly, but has picked up steam. Christianity as we know it is becoming irrelevant.
In Matthew 13, Jesus begins to teach with parables because he wants all to understand how to his disciples and that there is a clear division between his disciples and others, the sacrifice of the whole self, and that the disciples will have a universal influence (Mitch and Sri 174). Matthew 13:1 begins with "On that day" to note that Jesus spoke of these parables the same day he came in contact with the Pharisees in chapter 12 (Mitch and Sri 176). Then, Jesus left Peter 's house in Capernaum and "sat down" in front of the crowds near the Sea of Galilee (Mitch and Sri 176). The "sitting down" of Christ is repeated symbolizing the teaching position of a rabbi (Mitch and Sri 176). Astonishingly, Jesus had to go into a boat because the crowds were enormous, and Jesus wanted all to hear and see him (Mitch and Sri 176).
In Viramontes’ novel Under the Feet of Jesus, the author composes symbolic representations about the daily life of a migrant worker. Symbols used throughout the novel was the barn as a figure to represent a church, Petra’s statue of Jesus that symbolized her faith in Christianity and the baby doll with no mouth that represented the views on silence. The author uses symbolism to get her message across on how the difficulties of migrant workers. The symbols, the barn, Jesus statue, and the baby with no mouth represent the migrant workers’ stance on faith.
The four gospels stems to complement one another by ways of being eyewitnesses and their shared experiences. Each uniquely conveyed Jesus as being the Son of the living God and performing many healing miracles, showing power over nature and miracles of raising the dead. No one can claim His identity or proclaim His suffering, other than Jesus himself. The gospels complement the human nature aspect of Jesus, that is, His genealogy, childhood, his suffering, death and burial, and His resurrection and ascension. Likewise, Jesus having human characteristics according to the gospels: Jesus could be touched, Jesus endured hunger, thirst, tiredness, sleepless, he was able to show compassion, as well as indignation and anger, and tears of sorrow.
In Helena Maria Viramontes’ novel, Under the Feet of Jesus, Estrella starts off as angsty and confused, but then shifts to a state of contentment and understanding, caused by life experiences. These character traits are revealed through the selection of detail, figurative language, and tone. Initially, Estrella is immediately characterized as “very angry” when she finds Perfecto’s “foreign” toolbox. She uses a tone of confusion that illustrates her unfamiliarity with the objects in the tool box by using words such as “funny-shaped”, and using a simile comparing her confusion with the tools to the alphabet which Estrella “could not decipher”.
Freedom of poverty and individual rights ultimately what Mexican-American cultures strive to obtain in earlier times, according to Viramontes. Although this contains accuracy to an extent, today’s Hispanic American culture fight against stereotypes and hidden oppression of full individual rights. Remedification of potential and hard work is dismissed in this novel, due to Mexican-American’s job status and minimal education. This oppression often leaves Mexican-Americans to keep living in this lifestyle, obvlious to keep working and hopefully achieve grounds to move out of poverty. In the novel, Under the Feet of Jesus, Helena Maria Viramontes emphasizes the physical labor Estrella and her family go through, and how this work reshapes their
“First impressions are powerful and rich sources of information about other people, and studies have demonstrated that they predict performance in numerous domains.” (Ambady & Rosenthal, 1993) I always considered myself to be highly intelligent, conscientious, psychologically well-adjusted, and accurate in my overall judgments; however, I embarrassingly admit, a time when my personality judgment of hiring a candidate for employment based on religious inferences was an epic mistake. Debra (pseudonym) was the target of my judgment and charisma was the trait that I thought I could judge with some degree of accuracy. Many Christian leaders wrestle with whether they should hire Christians in their workplace. In 1 Corinthians 5 Paul wrote, “I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister in Christ but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunk or a swindler.
THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES a. General Information The Book of the Acts of the Apostles begins with the ascension of Jesus to heaven as a continuation of the final chapter of Luke. The goal of the Acts is to link the words of Jesus with his acts and the actions that the disciples carried out for him. The book narrates the acts of the followers of Christ as the Holy Spirit acted through them and this allowed the expansion of Christianity in the region. The author of the text uses the Acts of the Apostles as a reflection of the events that occurred in the Gospel of Luke and this is proven by the narration of similar events in both books.