However, time and time again we see man rejecting God, and in this passage that is again what we see happening. Jesus carried our burdens and yet we scorned and mocked him. This passage truly displays the hatred that dwells within man. Humanity had no reason to hate Jesus, yet the hatred of the Pharisees was able to fill all the people with such despise that they would cheer for his death. This passage also displays God’s unconditional grace.
You cannot serve both God and money.” Simply said, serving anyone or anything but God is bad news. Jesus served and loved those who mocked him, scorned Him and even those who screamed for Him to be crucified. He also loves us even though we go about living life ignoring what God would have us to do. He went to the cross and died for all of us. That’s true selflessness.
Jesus Himself said in John 19:11, while talking to Pilate before His crucifixion, “Thou couldest have no powe... ... middle of paper ... ...e is also a perfect, just, and holy God who cannot even look on sin. He has the power to forgive, but the punishment for crime still must be carried out. A great example of this was the thief on the cross next to Christ. In his last hours on this earth he accepted Christ as his Savior, but God did not take him off the cross because he believed. No, he still had to bear the punishment for the crimes he had committed.
Anyone who has ever forgiven a former friend for an offence will know that forgiveness is costly. The purpose of forgiveness is reconciliation, and we might not particularly want to be reconciled to someone who has hurt us. We are tempted to say, “I forgive you, but want nothing to do with you”. In order for forgiveness to be effective in achieving reconciliation, the guilty party has to accept the forgiveness offered, and that is tantamount to admitting guilt. However, everyone, apart from Jesus, is sinful, and everyone needs to forgive one another.
Although he tried to live a double life of being a pastor and a man who is trying to keep his greatest sin a secret. He cannot come to terms to confessing his sin even if his guilt i... ... middle of paper ... ...ter.” (149). While Hester had to receive the penance of her actions and conquer it, Dimmesdale was still in hiding like the coward he presented himself as. He views Hester as the one that got the better end of the situation by saying “Happy are you, Hester, that wear the scarlet letter openly upon your bosom! Mine burns in secret!” (167) Dimmesdale envies Hester’s letter because she has no need to hide form anyone and live in secret.
Even if these acts were seen as punishing those who are considered evil, then God would have not done any act that would harm someone, nor would He permit us to do so. The bible is filled with these inaccuracies, is God loving of all, or just the few that follow Him, it states different allowances in stories (Infidels.org, 2016). It is my understanding that these stories are proof that God is not purely good, which itself is an argument for Him not to exist or that the stories themselves or false. Murder was perfectly fine for the soldiers of the First Crusade, who slaughtered every man, woman, and child, however it is written in the bible that murder is prohibited, it is a sin. Many other events like this occurred.
“Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true” (Revelation 21:1-5). “Do not love the world or anything in the world… For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away…” (1 John 2:15-16) Conclusion The fall of man and death of Christ. I picked these two topics because I felt that they were closely related. Two people sin and God sins his one and only son to correct their mistake.
In John 3:19-20, Jesus speaks of how light has come into this world and been made available to us, but because of our sinful human nature we are ashamed to reach out and expose that part of ourselves.. According to him, we do not accept the light at first because we are scared it may show our true identity. Jesus explains this concept in a non-judgmental way. He is trying to convey that he accepts us no matter what state we are in as individuals and this passage is showing that humanity may possess darkness, but we all have the free will to come into the ‘light’ because he has given us that option to redeem ourselves. We no longer need to fear and hide from it, we can come out in the open and receive what Christ has given to us.
From a Christian perspective, torture should not be used because all of mankind are sinners and some, by the grace of God, know the truth and have received salvation. So if everyone is a sinner, what right does a man have to torture someone who sinned? He has no right whatsoever. Gushee uses Romans 3 to describe how every individual is a sinner and not to be trusted because power will always be misused (Gushee, Pg. 4).
God forgives us as Christians, as King David wa... ... middle of paper ... ... as to allow sin to be a part of their lives, but they are deceived. Jesus has made it very clear, “I am the way, the truth and the light.” He also tells us “no one gets to the father except through me”. This cannot be made any clearer. With the Holy Spirit in charge and with moral authority over our lives, we must remember it is by the grace of God that our lives are changed and we are not on our own, nor do we own this body, it is on loan from God. He will take care of us.