Satan compounds this fallacy by asserting, without evidence, that angels do not err. Satan asks rhetorically who “…can introduce Law and edict on us who, without law ere not…?” (5, lines 797-799) This is a seductive half-truth, submitted without documentation. The angels, having been continuously subject to God’s Law up to this time, have not erred. But they are about to commit the most grievous err possible in rebelling against God’s authority. Having argued that God usurped his authority, denigrated the angels rank in heaven’s hierarchy, and that submitting to God’s law is accepting the yoke of slavery, Satan asserts that God is demanding adoration for his abusive behavior claiming, “…much less for this to be our lord, and look for adoration to the abuse.
The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23, New International Version).” Dante’s expression is that despite our sinful ways God is willing and able to deliver us. Metaphorically speaking Jesus is the hero of men souls. Homer and Virgil served pagan gods whereas Dante sought truth and salvation in relation to the true and living God. It is important that Dante respond differently than that of Homer and Virgil because his fate depended on it. The heroes of Homer and Virgil’s time depended on their own personal strength regarding victory however Dante put his trust in the Lord for
They may surely love Christ, but in spite of their sincere love, Christological apologies of Mark Jones look to be certainly reasonable and irrefutable. I believe that one of the crucial points of Jones’ for Antinomian is that even Christ also depended on the Holy Spirit and needed assurance. The second Adam obviously showed how Christian should live and should be sanctified. Comprehension about this human nature of Christ may encourage a fallen believer to love and believe our Lord Christ because Christ also felt what we feel and struggled what we struggle, but finally He accomplished what we cannot do instead of
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale had an affair with Hester Prynne and Hester is the one being shamed for it. Being considered a god and being looked up to didn't help much either, being praised was a constant reminder of how imperfect he was and how cowardly he became because of his guilt. In conclusion, symbolism was greatly used in The Scarlet Letter to show how guilt can destroy someone. Dimmesdale has shown us that guilt can be more destructive than punishment imposed on others and that deception and secrecy can be destructive. Society has cause guilt to destroy a human by what they think
Whether this was a prophetic revelation given by God, or retribution to his enemies’ Dante’s Inferno challenges the political and religious powers of the day and putting them in the worst possible light. Dante gives himself the liberty of being the protagonist as he assess his victims of Hell. One cannot help at times in taking pleasure in watching the David’s overcome the Goliaths. The problem with Dante’s Inferno is the setting of Hell is so vivid and graphic it leaves the reader feeling sympathetic to all involved. Some of Dante’s biases are clearly shown by placing certain sins committed by people in different levels.
Jaspers also argues that, since life is absurd, it is less absurd to believe in a God which promises eternal life than to believe in nothing at all (“Christian and Theological Existentialism”). Dostoyevsky uses two contrasting chapters to argue against atheistic existentialism. The Grand Inquisitor is a story written by Ivan Karamazov. In the story, Jesus visits the Spanish Inquisition, but the religious leaders do not want Him there. They claim that they already have freedom, and that His return will take the freedom away.
In the third quatrain, the couplet “Except you enthrall me, never shall be free/nor chaste except you ravish me” is paradoxical. Paradox is formed when two opposing things seem impossible but they’re actually true. In this line, we view the speaker referencing two contrasting things which are unless you captivate me, I will not have freedom, as well as I will never be pure unless you take me with force. Aside from the sexual nature of those statements and the fact that they seem insolvable, they are quite true. The only way for the speaker to be free from sin is for God to “enthrall” him and take control.
Satan admits, “pride and worse ambition threw me down”; he is prone to hubris (4.40). God describes Satan to his Son, “so bent he [Satan] seems / On desperate revenge, that shall redound / Upon his own rebellious head” (3.84-86). Satan’s prideful disposition leads him to making brash decisions that worsen his position instead of advancing it. When he is calling the fallen to retake heaven, Satan declares, “More destroyed than thus / … What fear we then? What doubt we to incense / His utmost ire?” (2.92-95).
This ties up directly with Matthew 6:19-24 where it says, “do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” In the same way, Christians should not be concerned when their material possessions are taken away because their real and only treasure lies in heaven, and God gave them what they needed, so he can surely take it away. Also, this parable closely resembles the parable of the wedding banquet in that a master punishes his subordinates who are rebellious and so replaces them with new ones. This parable warns Christians and non-Christians alike to not be rebellious to God otherwise they will be rejected, just like the owner rejected the tenants from the