This meant that eventually, all sinners would be punished by God, which could be at any time. Edwards speaks of a wrathfull God, a God who by Puritan standards is considered forgiving for not letting all of humanity fall into the deepest pits of hell. Edwards reminds people that mankind is nothing compared to God and that that all of humankind is guilty and deserves to be punished. This appears similar to Bradstreet’s poem, but there are some
Colson Capital Punishment: A Personal Statement Charles W. Colson was imprisoned for his role in the Watergate scandal and uses his faith to justify capital punishment in the most extreme cases, such that is proportional to the crime committed. Summary Charles W. Colson makes many fine points about the support of the use of capital punishment. He quotes many bible passages including (Acts 25:11) when he states “If… I am guilty of doing anything deserving death, I do not refuse to die,” (Paul). Essentially, Colson believes that one must accept the proper punishment for their wrongdoings, even if that is death, and that “by not punishing moral evil the authorities are not performing their God-appointed responsibility in society,”(Colson). He also calls attention to “...the fundamental truth of biblical anthropology: the soul that sins must die; sin incurs a debt that must be paid.” Colson has also argued the sacredness of human life.
While I found this article somewhat easy to follow, I can understand how some of Aquinas’s arguments can lead to debate or confusion on the nature of God, evil, and free will. Despite this, because of reason and what God is envisioned to be, I agree with conclusions that Aquinas has made. Renick begins by asking the question “Why is there evil in the world?” The answer given by many Christians is that Satan is the reason evil exists since he corrupts God’s creation and history through Eden. Initially, I believed the same thing. My knowledge of the Bible is limited to what was reiterated to me in church.
Shylock rhetorically asks, “If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge!” (3.1.68-70) This question and answer fits in perfectly that our compassion stems from our experiences. The Christians all exemplify revenge to Shylock, so when they now want to wrong him, he states he should give the revenge, not them. His ideas of revenge likely stem from his past experience of Christian revenge. Portia states, “It is twice blessed: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.” (4.1.192-193) Her statement exemplifies the author’s idea that people who receive more mercy will also give more mercy in her reference to people’s social class affecting their altruism.
Sometimes it is easy to take the gift of salvation for granite, which is why we should review how and why it was given to us. The sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” was so effective because it showed people who they really are. The sermon opened people’s eyes to where they were spiritually, how powerful God truly is, and the things He can do but chooses not to. The sermon described how we are all born sinners and deserve to go to hell. But God had mercy on the human race and decided to pay the price for everyone.
Throughout humanity, the idea of suffering played a major role in human lives, in some cases by ending it. Nevertheless, according to popular religious traditions, the first humans, Adam and Eve, were placed on Earth to suffer for their sins in a life of misery. All humans are a part of this “original sin,” thus there is no such thing as innocent humans suffering in the world. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Popular religious themes are centered on the idea of continual suffering in life, like the Israelites who continued to suffer through the Holocaust.
Elie Wiesel suspects that God is letting him go through such a situation. Wiesel begins losing faith in God. For example, Wiesel stated,”What are you, my God? I thought angrily. How do you compare to this stricken mass gathered to affirm to you their faith, their anger, their defiance?....Why do you go on troubling these poor people’s wounded minds, their ailing bodies?”(Wiesel 68) Wiesel clearly is losing faith in God because he has seen babies burned alive, families killed together.
Equally if not more important would be the other sin both men are guilty of, blasphemy. Blasphemy in simple terms is to believe and act in a way, that one considers themselves higher than God, to whom Christians believe is the ultimate power; in many religions it is a sin that can result in being excommunicated entirely; not too ironically it was what Jesus himself, was accused of and one of the main reasons as to why the Jewish people wanted to kill Him in the first place. Blasphemy is more than simply taking the Lord’s name in vain, as it is in reality a sin of extreme arrogance and pride, because the translation of this sin is to claim that God is wrong and man, who in the hierarchy of things, is a weaker lesser lifeform, knows more than God. Adam was tempted into eating the forbidden fruit which came from the Tree of Knowledge because he believed he deserved to know as much as God. He (and Eve to the same degree)
Assef believes that his actions show his loyalty to God. His own conceptions about God and God's plans led him to kill and harm several innocent lives, “free of guilt and remorse, knowing you are virtuous, good, and decent. Knowing you’re doing God’s work” (290). Assef really believed that he was doing what God wanted him to do, even if it was killing his own people. This shows that not all types of loyalty are honorable.
Often in Sermons ministers/pastors persuade their audience to behave in a spiritual or moral fashion. Such is the case in “Sinners in the hands of an angry God” by Johnathan Edwards where he says “sinners should repent for their sins or burn in the eternal pit of hell. If sinners repent, they will receive eternal life.” God destroys sinners, but is merciful to the repentant. Edwards wanted to impact his audience by appealing to the fears pity and vanity. Edwards had a powerful impact on his Puritan audience because the use of a cautionary tone, explicit imagery, and vivid figurative language.
This means that the sinners have to be born again to be in the kingdom. Moreover, Edwards had a powerful impact on his puritan audience of his puritan audience because of his use of a complex figurative language in the passage. In paragraph 2, it states that “They are now the objects of that very same anger and wrath of God, which is expressed in the torments of hell”. It also states that “Is not at present very angry with them as he is with many miserable creatures now tormented in hell”. Theses quotes reveal that God power is fear so that it can shut the sinners down and destroy sinners who made him angry.
The theme of injustice is illustrated in Jonathan Edwards’ “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Margaret Atwood’s “Half-Hanged Mary,” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” through the cruel ways people were being treated by others and themselves. God has a right to be angry at the human world. Humans make mistakes left and right, but we don’t sin in purpose. God forgives us for our sins, but the Author of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” said something different. Jonathan Edwards told many that even the smallest sin, even a sin that can easily be set right, deserves the same punishment as killing someone.
Benchmark Assignment: Gospel Essentials This paper will show how the Christian Worldview has been shaped by the sufferings of God, Jesus and man. Man was initially seen to be completely good and through their actions have created the downfall for all of man. This downfall has led to the suffering of all man, which led to the suffering and resurrection of Jesus to erase those sins and gain redemption for all mankind. God In the Bible, God is the ultimate power by which all things were created. He wanted to demonstrate his power to all by calling forth the light, the earth and all creates that dwell on it.
In Matthew 5:38 “… an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” are examples of how if someone kills someone then that person deserves to die (King James Bible Online, 2015). This can be interpreted as divine command also known as theological voluntarism, which are laws that God command to his children to follow. A quote that furthermore explains this is “God said it, I believe it, that settles it” (Wilkens, S, 1995, pp. 170). The quote explains that, “At its core is the belief that God is the source of moral truth and communicates his will to humanity via commands.
This paper aims to demonstrate the validity of the Problem of Evil by the excessive amount of violence towards people, the unnecessary evil placed on animals, and the reasons why God should intervene when something bad is about to happen. There are two main arguments that attempt to solve the Problem of Evil. First, there is punishment for humans’ wrongdoings. James Rachels says this idea goes all the way back to the beginning of God’s