Edward is trying to persuade people, especially sinners, to turn to God and to look to Him for Salvation. “The devil is waiting for them, Hell is gaping for them, the flames gather and flash about them, and would fain lay hold on them and swallow them up”, in this quote, we can imagine the horrors of Hell and what’s waiting for us. The devil can make us do anything and make it seem like it’s blameless for us,
Moreover, Augustine argues, since it is “God who made human beings good, it is God, not human beings, who restores human beings so that they are good. He sets them free from the evil that they have brought upon themselves, if they will it, believe, and call upon him.” Since we have by our own will brought upon ourselves sin; we cannot be healed from our sin without the grace of
143) The Lord of the Flies (Satan), admits to being the beast. He is behind the corruption growing in the boys. He is the one tempting the boys to turn against each other, and lose trust in one another. The boys’ biggest fear was the beast, but they can’t sharpen a stick at both ends and hunt Satan.
"A Wrinkle in Time" can often be mistaken as a story only published for the entertainment of readers; however, the author included the symbol of the Dark Thing in this book to communicate to readers that the devil is nefarious whether it is through distress, pain, fear, or distrust towards God. The Dark Thing caused Meg to postulate as if all species of maleficent deeds were attacking her at the same time; furthermore, this is how anybody would feel if they were to be in the presence of the devil, since he is the source of all evil. The Dark Thing represents the devil because it has also been the source of all evil in this book. Jesus fought the Dark Thing, according to Charles Wallace, in the book. In reality, Jesus fought the devil because He wants people to trust in God and for everybody to live in serenity; however, the devil wants people to disobey God, and live a terrible life.
How does one live a life as a Christian that honors and glorifies God? The answer is by reflecting Christ’s image by acting as He would in every situation. Because of what Jesus has done for sinners on the cross, they desire to live by His example in order to give Him glory. However, living a Christ-like life can only happen through the work of the Holy Spirit, who comes in to sinner’s hearts when they first put their trust in Jesus and the cross, growing them and making them more like Jesus. Many characters in books, stories, and movies have Christ-like qualities and characteristics, an example of this being Harper Lee’s masterpiece.
Augustine has many diffenrt definitions of what is evil but “evil must always be understood as a defect, a corruption, or a perversion of what was created good”(Lawhead 132). One of Augustine’s problems of evil is that of moral evil. Moral evil is “human perversity” or “genuine evil”(Lawhead 132) because all other evil is apparently evil but “moral evil is the product of the human will”(Lawhead 132). The Monster has been deprived true goodness and love ever since his creation because his creator hated him from the moment he saw him. The Monster according to Augustine would be part of moral evil.
His "treatment" for Dimmesdale’s illness only makes Dimmesdale weaker, which is his ultimate revenge. Since the truth about the sin is concealed, Chillingworth is successful in torturing Dimmesdale. Another symptom of Dimmesdale’s hurt is guilt. He knows the truth, and since society does not punish him, because they do not know the truth, he feels that he needs to punish himself by whipping himself with a "bloody scourge" and fasts "until his knees trembled beneath him" (150). This unknown, physical and self-induced punishment is harsh, but since he is too self-concealed to revel his sin, Dimmesdale accepts
All his strategies have to do with God and getting people against him. His main tactic I believe would be him getting people not to trust their own family and friends. In stories I’ve read the Devil tells lies to people for them to be miserable basically and go against what they believe in. For example, the story I talked about before Young Goodman Brown, the Devil tries to make the character Goodman Brown believe lies he fed him. Overall in all stories, books, and movies about the Devil, his strategy is based off of God.
At the same time, true love, beauty, and justice can be partially realized as motives become more Christ-like through the transformational work of the Holy Spirit. Paul instructed believers, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Phil 4:8
“Rafar stepped up behind Langstrat and sank his talons deep into her skull. She twitched and gagged for a moment and then slowly, hideously, her countenance took on the unmistakable expressions of the Prince of Babylon himself” (“Read” Ch.19). This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti is a Christian novel that deals with how demons and angels interact in our daily lives. Set in a small town named Ashton, demons plan to take over the town for their personal use. They do this by controlling the minds of several different people, and then making them do what they say.
Love is an emotion that has been the known root of many conflicts, but it is also an action that has produced many wondrous things. The concept of love in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The Scarlet Letter, is no different. At times, it generates animosity, yet, at other times, it evokes a sense of oneness. Love, as both an action, and an emotion, serves as a catalyst that elicits sinful acts, the uptaking of responsibility, as well as drives sacrifice. Love, in the form of an emotion, can be a powerful, driving force, in one’s decision making.
In one of Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s most famous poem’s “We Wear the Mask,” he describes the harsh reality of the black race and community in America and how they hide their struggles, grief, sadness, and broken hearts under a mask “metaphorical” for a survival strategy towards white people during this time. “We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, with torn and bleeding hearts we smile, and mouth with myriad subtleties.” (Dunbar) In the first verse, the mask is taken off.
“Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.” Luke 12:2. Here the Gospel Luke is explaining that the truth behind a person is always revealed. Those who pretend to be Christians will soon be brought to light and seen for who they really are. There are many Christians who do not comply with what the word of God says and try to hide their sin.