Later, He accepts the religion of Christianity. Thence, Saint Augustine begins to realize that his actions mentioned above are improper. As committing sins are to damage people. Moreover, Saint Augustine said that “For I sought for you, my God (I confess to you who took pity on me even when I did not yet confess).” (p.33). It means that when Saint Augustine realizes his mistakes, he understands that everything that is in this world is created by the God.
If God created everything, then this would mean He has created everything in the past, present and future. As a result, he is aware of the choices and events that will be made by humanity. But how does Saint Augustine know that humans have free will? Evidence of this comes both from the text and The Holy Bible, specifically the book of John and 1 Corinthians. However, it is reasonable
Every person on this earth wrestles with sin and makes mistakes, but many have a hard time dealing with it. This is why in his book The Confessions, Saint Augustine shares his life with us, filled with mistakes and failure, so that we can relate with him. St. Augustine wrote this book to teach future generations to avoid the mistakes he made and to persuade the readers to turn to God. Augustine began writing this book in 397 A.D, as a mature man reflecting on his younger years, in order to influence readers his age. “Augustine took up his pen to write this book in 397, when he was aged 43”(7).
Dante’s Inferno focuses on spirituality and sin, whereas in Susan E. Blow’s article, Dante’s “Inferno”, the author ignores Christianity. Christians bear the burden of making conscious decisions and to ignore wrong thoughts or evil things. Dante believes that Christians must avoid evil doings or experience the wrath of God. Blow states that through sin a person learns wisdom. When discussing the “Inferno”, Blow notes that “view that sin ultimately rests is, that man can only learn what he is, by finding out what he is not, and that the violation of his ideal nature reveals him to himself”(123).
5. The Confessions is the story of Augustine 's return to God, so it is appropriate that story should begin with Augustine 's tribute of praise to the God he loves. In making a confession of praise, Augustine says, God is as close to him as his own life and experiences, always working for Augustine 's good, even when Augustine is unable or unwilling to recognize that truth. Throughout his youth when he lived a dissipated life of sin, and drifted away from the Church, it may have looked like God was hidden; however he was very much present within the lives of those interacting with Augustine on a daily basis. Many people who helped God be present in Augustine’s life include his mother, St. Monica, his friends, Alypius, Nebridius, Ponticianus, Victorinus and Simplicanus, as well as St. Ambrose.
Monica, his mother always reminds him that he should not fall into fornication, nor commit adultery with someone. In the book three of Confessions, Augustine explicitly states the devoutness and faithfulness of his mother to God for his conversion. “You stretched out your hand from on high and pulled out my soul out of these murky depths because my mother, who was faithful to you, was weeping for me more bitterly than ever mothers wept for the bodily death of their children. In her faith and in the spiritual discernment she possessed by your gift she regarded me as dead; and you heard her, O Lord, you heard her and did not scorn those tears of hers which gushed forth and watered the ground beneath her eyes wherever she prayed…”45 In line with that, as he looking back, Augustine realizes that the maternal warnings of Monica against sexual transgressions and exploitation were essentially God speaking her. Monica, his mother is used by God as a medium to warn him against sexual impurity.
Augustine’s book which is called Confession is autobiographic since it was written according his life, and after reading the Confession we can deduce that what were his understandings about sin in his different life ages. Moreover we can find out, how a sinful life he had and how could overcome his sinful life. The main point is that, he continued doing sinful actions even being acknowledged about sin. He liked doing sinful things; he was getting a pleasure when he was doing something which was forbidden and this continued until he went to university. At University he read many books where he found Cicero’s book which is called Hortensius.
But his increasing suffering heightened his attention to his sexual escapism in the form of a personified Continence, who implores him to cast away his sins and find the Lord to relieve his misery. Shortly thereafter, he hears a child’s voice singsong, in what he interprets as a divine omen, to open his book of Scripture and read. Augustine “snatched it up” and read, with great wonder, Romans 13:13: “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provisions for the flesh in concupiscences.” Immediately, Augustine felt an utter salvation overcome him; “it was as though a light of utter confidence shone in all my heart, and all the darkness of uncertainty vanished away” (62). Finally, after years of spiritual plague and emptiness, Augustine had found something to make him truly
The Confessions of Saint Augustine is an autobiographical account of a man who grew up in a time where rhetoric was the most useful skill one could master. Despite being gifted in the art of speaking, Augustine found himself bored by it as a child and frequently lamented on having to read dry novels such as those written by Homer and Virgil. After discussing his mischievous adolescence in the novel, Augustine moved on to recount his experiences in university. It was then that found himself with an addiction that he would only realize the severity of later in life and as a result repent having started in the first place; going to the theatre. The passage divides itself neatly into three sections, each with different objectives, focuses, and ways of achieving them.
While both Augustine’s confessions and Dante’s Inferno are concerned with the individual's repentance and conversion of life, Confessions seems to be more personal and Inferno more encyclopedic. Augustine organizes his work to be about him finding who God is and his conflict for conversion. It is a biography to how Augustine found faith in Christianity and within God. Dante in the other hand, while being a character in his poem, struggles as well, looking to get to heaven but the journey he takes is an experience for the character and not the actual poet himself. Throughout the book of Confessions, Augustine tells his story from how he remembers them, and it seems to be more personal because it is about true events that led to him to find