Elie Wiesel was very young during the Holocaust time period. Before the Germans invaded his community, we saw an innocent child who believed in god, loved his father, and knew who he was. Elie had hope that everything was going to be alright, but slowly over time the hope slowly fades away. Elie was faithful to god, loyal to his father, but he lost himself to the flames that destroy everything including himself.
Christians often view salvation as a heavenly resting place; in reality, however, salvation is a lifelong journey that can bridge the gap between Heaven and Earth. This spiritual bridge can be crossed through faith coupled with good works. “Bridge”, a short story by Daniel O’Malley, features a young boy who struggles to comprehend salvation as well as find his own. This motif of salvation is achieved through the use of biblical allusions which also help support the fact that the bridge is a physical representation for the motif of the path to salvation which the narrator fails to cross.
The Puritans were an extremely religious lot that came to America from England in hopes of finding religious freedom. In doing so they not only founded the colony of Massachusetts but also created some of the most memorable religious poems and sermons to this day. Two writers Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards are to writers who wrote on the same subject,but they had very different approaches to addressing that matter.
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck, reflects the complexities in father/son relationships. The connection between a father and his son is vital to their development. The novel explores the impact of these relations is immense. The central allusion of the novel is comparing several characters to Cain and Abel, who were formed through their attempted relationship with their father-like figure, God. They struggled and vied for the attention, love, and respect of God, which subconsciously influenced their actions and thoughts. Cain ended up murdering Abel out of envy of his favorable position, and that conflict is reflected through Charles and Adam Trask, and later Adam’s children Caleb and Aaron. The characters struggle with the notions of good and evil. Timshel is a repeating theme. The concept is the biblical depiction of the internal strife between good and evil that lies in each character.
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is a sermon written by Jonathan Edwards about God. For most people back in the 1700’s, their whole life revolved around God. Edwards thought that the people just needed a wake up call to remind them of the consequences of acting against God. He pretty much said in his sermon that if we don't turn back to God, we’re going to hell, which definitely got many people’s attention. In "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Edwards uses several rhetorical devices and appeals that contribute to the effectiveness of his sermon and help achieve his purpose.
Every covenant God has made with mankind is extremely important, each and every one of them shaping this history of God on earth. David’s covenant is so significant because David shows his amazing faith in God, trusting in Him to build a kingdom, one that cannot be held by a sinner or it will be torn from him, one that is to be secured not by himself but in one of his descendants. The kingdom will not even happen if the descendants of David are unrighteous and rebellious towards God. The kingdom will be established and reign under a descendant of David, God promises that the thrown shall be established forever. Isaiah sees this son of David, a “Prince of Peace” who establish and uphold the kingdom with justice and righteousness. The covenant is fulfilled when Gabriel announces the conception of Jesus in Mary, who is to be the King of David’s kingdom, David and his descendants’s strong faith in God result in God doing His job and establishing that kingdom through His
God makes a covenant with Moses called the Mosaic covenant, which is the covenant between God and the nation of Israel. The covenant was made at Mount Sinai, where God makes Moses the leader of Israel. This covenant is conditional because its organized in the form of blessings and curses. God states “I will set my Dwelling among you, and will not disdain you. Ever present in your midst, I will be your God and you will be my people” (Cross 114). What God is saying
As children, Adam and Charles play many games, however Charles always has to win. This reaction causes Adam to fear his brother, and leads him to let his brother always win. Throughout his childhood, Adam gives up many opportunities for success, but only because of fear of his brother. By giving up opportunities to feel successful, Adam develops a contentious relationship with Charles. In one instance, Adam and Charles give their father a gift for his birthday, however their father appreciates Adams gift more. This allusion to the Bible recreates the hurt Cain felt when God rejected his gift, however just as Abel did, Adam sacrifices much of his time and money to get his father a gift. Although, Adam did sacrifice much of what he had for the gift, it was for the wrong reasons. This situation conveys that Adam values what his father thinks, but it does not lead to his happiness because it was done selfishly. As he grows older Adam joins the military, as his father wants him to, but he gives up what he wants for his future. Although, this is a sacrifice he does not do it because he loves his father, but rather he wants his father to love him. This selfish sacrifice eventually leads to Adam’s resentment toward his
Analytical Response Paper – “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards
The first covenant God creates is the Mosaic covenant, which includes blessings, and curses. This covenant is conditional and would set Israel away from all other nations. Cross justifies this with a quote from Exodus “Now, if you obey me completely and keep my covenant, you will be my treasured possession among all peoples, though all the earth is mine. You will be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation” (Cross 114). This quote means that the people must comply with God or else it is invalid.
I found it interesting that NT Wright was clarifying the differences between God’s wrath and penal substitution with reform theologian Thomas Schreiner in this video. I was a little unsure, but this video affirmed my understanding that NT Wright was a unique blend of sweet and sour flavors enhanced by hot and spicy pepper that Thomas Schreiner was hot for him to take in. I agree with NT Wright argument the wrath of God. Why? Because Wright says that the cross was about much more than Jesus absolving us of sin. He further expressed by saying that God’s love took place upon Jesus. Wright provides skillfully crafted narrative of the history of God’s salvation from Adam through the tragic history of Israel until the coming of the messiah. Wright
God decided to test Abraham and told him to take his only son, Isaac, to the land of Moriah and offer him as a sacrifice. Abraham followed God’s instructions and as he was about to kill his only son, God stopped him because He now realized that Abraham is a God fearing man. God said “By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the send that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice” (Genesis 22:16-19). God called Abraham to be a blessing unto
This resulted in Abraham and his sister taking care of most of the work on their farm and gave
Only those who remained blameless and free of sin would reach God’s presence. Salvation in the Old Testament is viewed primarily as a means of going to heaven, which calls for obedience of Gods commandments to be worth before Him. Although this is similar to the New Testament, the New Testament mainly emphasizes on deliverance from sin through Jesus Christ, the son of God, who died to redeem his people from sin and its consequences. Salvation in the Old Testament was mainly based on faith in God (Kärkkäinen 63). For instance, God considered Abraham, who was faithful to him, as a man through whom he would raise a great generation that would please and obey Him. God promised Abraham that He would bless him, and bless all the nations through him. He also promised Abraham land due to his obedience and faith in God. When Abraham obeyed and trusted God, he was credited with righteousness and faith, and consequently delivered from sin by the Lord (Gen
Why did God choose Abraham to be the father of all faith? Throughout the Old Testament, the Hebrew patriarchs have always explicitly exhibited qualities that God finds desirable in mankind. For example, in Noah he finds a perfect, righteous human amongst a deeply sinful world and in Moses, he finds a righteous man, whom he can trust to lead the Israelites out of Egypt into the Promised Land. The Old Testament openly mentions these patriarchs’ qualities within the text itself. However, when the reader is introduced to Abraham in Genesis 12, all that is known is that he and his nephew Lot leave Haran for Canaan. Throughout the portion of the Genesis devoted to the stories of Abraham, the most prevalent theme is Abraham’s unconditional faith in