Christians are reminded that the victory can only be won by the Son of God; at best, they can only confirm their allegiance and obedience to God through their service. Throughout the poem Milton has tried to show two definitions of glory. The first lies in the assumption that war can bring glory to those who perform heroic deeds in its service. This is the view Satan holds, and is evidenced in his words to Abdiel, "But well thou com'st / Before thy fellows, ambitious to win / From me some plume" (vi, 159-161). The second defines glory not as something won, but something given.
Silencing the enemy is a very fitting title for this book. It is fitting because the author, Robert Gay, explains how God suppresses the devices of the adversary through the praise and worship of His people. Although the term “spiritual warfare” is not found in scripture, Paul expounds on the concept throughout the New Testament. He encourages the saints to “Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”. This scripture informs us that we are in a battle, a battle that has been raging since the beginning of time.
In his search for answers to this question, he turned towards Manichaeism, which provided him with some answers to his questions. Manichaeism proposes a dualistic worldview, in which Good and Evil exist independent of each other (331). Furthermore, Manichaeism perceives of the world as... ... middle of paper ... ...ere not coerced by Satan to make this choice but rather did no willingly. Summing up, we can say that Christianity with its notion of God as a creator and as a spiritual and omnipotent being provided Augustine with the framework needed to reconcile the conflict of the simultaneous existence of Good and Evil. Augustine perceived of Manichaeism’s view of the struggle of good versus evil as being restricted to the materialistic world as being too simplistic.
Augustine's "Confessions" A philosophical question faces Christians, and in fact all theists, that challenges the belief in God. To theists, God is an omnipotent, perfect God. He is good. Theists accept this, and embrace it, for how else can they worship God and give their lives to Him unless He is good? However, n this world evil is constantly seen all around us.
And so through this Chapter we see the vengeance and determination of God, to be right in being in such emotion, as His creation had become corrupt. However, this is a clear indication that God isn’t always a man of forgiveness and life, for he must possess both g... ... middle of paper ... ...es with the settling and continuation of Noah and his sons, for through God he knows that his words are true. From this chapter we see God change to be forgiving to man in giving him reign over everything, thus giving him the nature of a merciful God. In summary, God is seen as two very different personalities, one which strikes with evil and the other filled with forgiveness and caring. This brings contradictions to the various parts of the story, depending on those who interpret it.
It is God who extends His love to us that we might receive salvation and provision of our needs. A characteristic of grace is that the recipient may be undeserving yet the gift is abundant. If we see Jesus' life on earth as a gift of the Father God, as indeed Christianity doe, then this is a clear manifestation of God's grace. Jesus came to earth because of the sinful nature of man, not, as Guthrie points out, because of man's meritous behaviour. Jesus came to serve a people considerably inferior to Himself as a light to dispel darkness.
Remaking Beowulf as a Christian Hero The story of Beowulf is full of religious references and symbolism, but is it truly a Christian story? According to the narrative, Beowulf is an instrument of God, an instrument of righteousness called by God to perform His will for the Danes. In stark contrast to his good, is the enemy, Grendel, the incarnation of pure evil. These two characters appear to represent the forces of good versus the forces of evil. It would be easy enough to leave the story that way, but it appears that Beowulf is written intentionally to make the main characters appear more important by adding Biblical references to the narrative.
Christian history is one of the first and most obvious reasons why some people dislike the Christian faith. Here we review some of the great tribulations of the “Christian” religion: evangelical movements in the Old and New worlds, Salem witch trials, Crusades, the Inquisition, and so on. In his essay “Why I Am Not a ... ... middle of paper ... .... 7:1-5). There is a way to judge without making people feel hated or rejected. Judge without malice or hate, and always communicate in a respectful, loving manner.
People say that Beowulf represents God through his leadership, and risking his life for the peoples benefit, much like God did. Although others believe that Beowulf's heroic pride for defeating the demons, comes in conflicts with the Christian values. When Beowulf is taking on the monster, he says “Grendel, child of Cain, come down into Heortot. I am Beowulf, son of Ecgtheow. I am Beowulf, not afraid of you.
Due to the intertwining ideas of wyrd and the will of God, the distinct ideals of the afterlife, and conflicting views of the entity, Beowulf epitomizes the attempts by Christian monks to turn the parable into a Christian novel; however, these efforts proved mixed. In the end, the poem shows efforts to proselytize pagan worshipers by the Church, but those endeavors remained inconsequential until the Christianization of the world.