Early leaders of this movement, like Alister Crowley, with whom Yeats was associated with considered themselves Satanists in this right since Christians equate the spirit of the world with the devil. Yeats was certainly a Christian at some point in his life and makes allusions to Christian faith in “The Second Coming”, which would indicate that he lends some credence to it, so we can assume that he took the Satanist point of view. As the world turned towards paganism so did Yeats. The poem, while on one level is an earnest description of the change that is occurring to mankind, it is also an earnest illustration of his change to paganism. The opening eight lines illustrate the strife Yeats had seen in his lifetime from a Christian point of view.
In the epic poem, Beowulf, there is evidence of Christian and pagan ideas. The idea of fate is discussed often throughout, and the people of that time are described as leaving what happens with the fight between good and evil forces up to the idea of fate. For fear that there is nothing that can be done to change the course of what happens, everything is predestined. However, the poem also has Christian elements as well, and the people of that time often speak of God in relation to the help he gives them as well as his judgement. There has been some discussion as to whether this work can be labeled as a Christian work, or if the Christian elements were put in as an afterthought.
Different denominations have different looks on who Jesus really was. Some think he was just a perfect man, who never made a mistake, and others think he was the actual son of God, and he lived a Holy life and was the perfect sacrifice to get into Heaven. They all belie... ... middle of paper ... ...if it agrees with the Qur’an. Muslims also believe that Jesus was not crucified, and God made Judas look like Jesus and Judas was crucified, and Jesus entered Heaven unhurt; but Christians believe that Jesus was tortured and killed by Romans, for our salvation. Both religions also have very different views on the Devil.
While Beowulf is getting ready for battle with Grendel, Beowulf prays to God asking that He give victory to whichever combatant seemed more just. Then, during the battle against Grendel, the author tells of how Grendel had now learned “what it meant to feud with Almighty God” (490-492). Here is another area of tension found in Beowulf, except this time it is an argument of deity beliefs. This alone would cause major tensions between the Christians and Anglo-Saxons. The Christians are monotheistic in beliefs, meaning that Christians believe in only one God.
It is quite easy to enter into the kingdom the sole thing you need is to accept Jesus as our Savior. Also, you need a pure heart, you cannot just do righteous things and expect to get into the kingdom. The source of sin is the human heart, and repentance can cleanse it. The book of Matthew frequently brings up the Kingdom of Heaven, which is used instead of God because at the time it was not good to mention God’s name frequently-according to the Jews. Also, John had used the term eternal life when referring to the kingdom.
Predestination causes great debates among Christian scholars. Calvin bought the idea that all human beings are elected by God to be placed in heaven or hell. Those who believe predestination state that God’s offer of salvation is not up for man’s free will (“Predestination”). It is not humans’ choice to decide salvation because they are faulty in nature and have fleshly desires. God has a perfect plan to get those that deserve Heaven into Heaven.
Out of his boundless love he blessed us with the ability of free will. However, our will is nothing compared to the beauty of God 's will. If we our created by God, then it makes sense that our highest degree of happiness can only come from the will, or the intentions of the Creator. We our designed by God to be like God. By Holy Communion we our being transformed into God.
The author made it clear that you cannot go to heaven with good deeds alone, but that getting into heaven is accepting Christ as your own personal Savior. Everyman may have done a few good deeds, but it was not enough to get into heaven, Everyman needs the saving grace that only God can provide. This morality play is simple in its story. “Everyman” makes emphasis on what is inevitable to every human being: death. One should begin his or her life making amends for the end of one’s life.
“We believe that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and that it is wrong to violate them.” “Christianity is a religion of sacrifice and duty…. In the end, Christianity will help the Roman Empire because it is making people better on the inside, where it counts.” This is what Junia learned and concluded about Christianity. Even though the story ended with the death of Junia, Christianity won.
God's Unrequited Love "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4 v 19). The Christian God is a God who loves His people and provides for their needs within the context of a close personal relationship. His incarnation as Jesus Christ is an integral part of this provision. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3 v 23) and it is, therefore, only by God's grace and through sanctification that a believer may be in relationship with God.