In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, there are three relationships
The compassion is one of the founding human values. Ones can argue that terminology aside; compassion is deeply entangled with the human love. As love itself, compassion originates within our hearts, not from our minds, but more than anything else determines who we are as humans. Coincidentally, all world religions pay special attention to the love and particularly the love of God. Because loving God requires loving all of its creation.
I personally did feel real emotional about it. I felt it was a little heavy handed in how one can create or achieve anything. As a realist, it’s not something I personally believe, however, I do believe that we are capable of great things. It’s also nice to have a religious book that isn’t hyper-focused on the Bible. The Bible divides us into perpetual sinners and saints and very few people fall into either one of those categories.
For Pelagius it is “through absolute obedience a person could have absolute certainty”. This certainty was critical for people as everything else was falling apart around them with the barbarian invasions. It goes further than that “obedience is a constitutive element in religion and human power as commensurate with obligations”. It is through obedience that humans have power in religion.
“We lay hold on the heart of God by fearing Him, standing in awe of Him and honoring Him in all things. We fear because He sees all we do, and we think of nothing else than the fact that his eyes rest on us.” By one recognizing the former in humility one will be open to hear God’s Word Moreover, love, too, for Luther, recognizes God in God’s fullness, letting God be God. The act of trust in God presupposes both recognizing God as the Divine Being, in which God is infinitely superior to humanity It is important here to note the dualistic character that Luther attributes to God that informs one’s existence under God.
These prophets challenge our comforts and call us to live a life that is oriented towards God. Jeremiah was anointed with divine words that were difficult for people to hear. Jeremiah was also outcast for speaking the truth. We, too, are called, as Jeremiah was called to speak the truth and let God’s words flow from our lips. Yet, too often, we ignore the call in favor of the comfortable road.
“Love” is a word many know what is, but few can give a connotative definition. Love is a concept that changes from culture to culture and from generation. One of the foundational books in Western Culture, the New Testament Bible, talks about love. One can learn much about what Christians think and believe about love in the New Testament. The New Testament gives a definition of love, shows where love comes from, how to love others, how the Father loves us, and how we love the Father.
He employs descriptive terms to create an evocative picture of sin’s hold on man. For instance, Donne writes, “untie or break that knot” to help create a visual of how strong the bond between sin and humanity is(11). The illustration of a knot that needs to be forcefully torn apart stresses the magnificent power that God has to destroy sin and how hard it is for man to do that on his own. In addition, this exemplifies how difficult it is for humanity to flee from sin and sever the ties of unholyness. Furthermore, John Donne writes, “batter my heart” as a way of the speaker to assert his yearning to be made new in Christ.
The first one which is referred to as total depravity stipulate that sin is a force that has affected man’s stability as well as how they relate with god. All aspects of a human being such as soul, mind and body have felt the impact of sin. This means that sin affects a human being wholly. The second one is the unconditional election.
Accordingly, the questions asked by the narrator with reference to the Holocaust shows his commitment to this divine being. Based on his experiences, Eliezer indicates: “My anger rises up within faith and not outside it” (Wiesel 48). Despite the instabilities in his faith, Eliezer is able to reinstate his unconditional trust in
In part II of Lewis book he describes several different scenarios of Christians beliefs. He first talked about the difference between Christian Pantheism and the Christian idea of God. (pp.36). I myself as a Christian believe that God is beyond good and evil, that he is good and righteous, he loves love and hates hatred. Whereas, in Pantheism, one believes that God is part of the universe, without the universe God would not exist.
Annie Dillard points to the brutality of life and the parasitic nature of creation to establish her view of God being a brutal god that is without mercy. " Is this what it’s like, I thought then, and think now: a little blood here, a chomp there, and still we live, trampling the grass? Must everything whole be nibbled" (Dillard 230). Dillard paints a picture of a cruel God who makes creatures suffer and doesn 't have any mercy to hear their wails of pain.
Whatever it maybe, there’s sure going to be a consequence right along with it. Jonathan Edwards, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” combines the ideal beliefs that any Christian lives by and that’s the guilt of committing a sin. We live by the absolute horrifying penalty of going to hell, for the only god to judge us. In order to prevent this we have to obey his law and practice it. History has displayed countless amounts of times were the fear of hell has made us absolutely, earn a one way ticket there.
Humans are now able to develop and maintain this relationship with God. What exactly should this relationship look like? According to Luther our relationship with God should be one that is respectful and dependent on God. The Small Catechism’s examination of The Creed provides examples of this, “I believe that God has made me and all creatures… and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true,” (Luther 15).