Impatience stems from an anxious heart. And anxiety is the adversary of wholeness. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 Our goal is not skinny, lean, ripped or cut.
For the Christian, the question of the question suffering becomes particularly difficult: why would God allow suffering? Orthodox Christianity recognizes that God is both all-powerful and good. The challenge presented to Christianity, however, is if God is both omnipotent and upright, why would he allow evil and suffering in the world? David Hume succinctly writes,
Through this allusion, Adams portrays the message that one needs to face great adversity before they can become great. Due to the treacherous journey her son is about to go on, this allusion would instill confidence in his abilities. Another allusion found in Adams’ letter is the allusion to God and heaven. “War, tyranny, and desolation are the scourges of the Almighty…” (Lines 41-42). This reference to God would help instill faith in her fearful son and repeat the message that all men go through dangers before they are great.
How should we confront injustice? Listen to the words that explain how Jesus confronted injustice. You can give up your bitterness and maintain your sense of justice at the same time. When Jesus was being persecuted, He knew that God would judge justly at the right time and in His perfect way. Jesus said: “I have so much faith in God that I can forgive and live without bitterness.” God says to you and to me this morning: ‘I will take care of the justice issue; you need to be free from bitterness.” Ironically, withholding forgiveness usually inflicts more pain on the one who needs to forgive than on the one who needs to be forgiven.
Due to this superficially created power of religion even the ruler of the community feared from doing anything against the religion. This religious rules and regulations were created keeping in mind the need of the society and rules and regulations required to support all members of the society, and this can be a possible reason that why in each and every religion to help the poor and needy is considered as pious. The religion created a fear for welfare of the society, people feared from doing anything wrong as they believed that if they commit any crime they will be punished by the gods. This thing even gave birth to the concepts of heaven and hell. It is believed that if you commit no wrong and act according to your religion, performing all the rites and ceremonies then you will go
Being "concerned" can be confusing to some, but when we look at the word from Tillich's perspective, he was not talking about having momentary concern, but the concern that lasts, such as the "concern" of faith. To ensure that readers did not confuse concern as a temporary focus, he began referring to these concerns as ultimate concern. Ultimate concern, according to Paul Tillich, gives life meaning and affects the whole person, which is felt as the presence of the holy. Tillich further explained that if a concern claims ultimacy, then it demands the total surrender of him who accepts this claim, and it promises total fulfillment even if all other claims have to be subjected to it or rejected in its name (Morrison, 2011). Ultimate concern varies from person to person, and the ultimate concern may be anything that a person gives his/her attention or all to.
In total rebellion, everything we do is sin. We are totally unable to submit to God and morally unable to overcome our rebellion and blindness, thus we are totally dependent on God’s grace to overcome all of those and draw us to the Savior, sparing us from eternal punishment that we all deserved. Irresistible Grace refers to God’s sovereignty. He allows resistance and rebellion of our hearts but He can and will conquer all of those whenever he chooses and bring us to faith in Christ so that we can be saved. God granted repentance and gave us
Mankind are revelation receivers, interpreters and worshipers. Only in God and with God’s word, their needs could be satisfied. However, people are often influenced by the things in this world. Moreover, since the Fall, Satan has been working to deceive mankind. That is why people need God’s wisdom to choose to obey God.
The Divine Command Theory (DCT) explains which actions are moral based on whether or not God commands it. The theory is difficult to support due to its flaws, arbitration, and even due to the essence of God. While Divine Command Theorists may completely support this theory, I will argue why the theory is impractical and cannot dictate what is morally right or wrong. In understanding if this theory holds ground we must question what God commands. Instead of uncritically accepting a theory we must put it to question and eliminate any flaws.
The Great Awakening unleashed a new wave of conversions driven by a desire to be cleansed of sin and avoid eternal punishment. These beliefs depend on a fear of God rather than sole worship, as He is portrayed to be a spiteful, all-powerful being. In my teaching, the fear of God was not placed within me. Instead, a deeper trust in God’s saving powers was instilled upon my beliefs, which attempted to draw belief from love rather than fear. God was portrayed as an all-loving being attempting to free us from the control of sin, which quite evidently contradicts the image of a vengeful God.
History has displayed countless amounts of times were the fear of hell has made us absolutely, earn a one way ticket there. Could it be that we are mixing religion, guidelines, and discipline all wrong? That somehow we can break the never ending cycle, becoming what God has told us not to be? Or there is simply no hope for trying to be the better good for fear will always creep us back to
Another use of pathos in “Sinners” is when Edwards describes to the unconverted that “the wrath of God burns against them, their damnation does not slumber” (Edwards 41). Every time that Jonathan Edwards uses the appeal of pathos he uses it to evoke fear or to touch hearts into turning to
Calvin also advised people to pray, saying men must worship, even though they may have no chance to be saved. Calvinism was based around the absolute power and supremacy of God. God who before the world began predestined some for eternal salvation (the Elect) while the others would suffer everlasting damnation (the
The acquisition of monastic education is accurately displayed in A Mapmaker’s Dream, by James Cowan. Fra Mauro is a monk, which means he is very religious and lives for god. “My problem is that I have always been afraid of making such a journey, probably because my bones would renounce me as an imposter!” (3). Mauro wanted to travel, but through monastic education he learned not to because he lived for god. If he had traveled that meant that Mauro wouldn’t be living only and just for god, as monks do.