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Essay On Personal Religion

analytical Essay
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In his definition of personal religion, Thorkild Jacobsen tables three elements critical to living a submissive life. Firstly, there is a sense of commitment to one’s religious values that makes religious individuals see themselves as standing in a close personal relation to the divine. Secondly, they rely on the later for guidance and help in personal matters and affairs. Lastly, they expect consequences if they sin, but at the same time profoundly believe in divine love, forgiveness, and compassion love if they sincerely repent. There are many studies examining the idea of innocent suffering and notion of personal piety as they occur in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and in the story of Job in the bible. The question that arises is: how much can human …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes thorkild jacobsen's definition of personal religion, stating that it involves utmost submission to the divine being to secure guidance, love, and compassion purposes in time of adversity.
  • Analyzes how the story of job evokes different viewpoints among religious and non-religious individuals regarding the true nature of god.
  • Analyzes how job's devotion goes hand in hand with thorkild jacobsen’s definition of personal religion: religious individuals rely on the divine for guidance and help in personal matters and affairs.
  • Analyzes how job's downfall and restorations match thorkild jacobsen’s third element of personal religion, which states that religious individuals expect consequences if they sin, but at the same time profoundly believe in divine compassion, forgiveness, and love
  • Explains that the egyptian religion revolved around polytheism and the worship of gods situated in impressive temples built throughout the nation.
  • Explains that ancient egyptians blamed their perversion of religion for their suffering and looked up to them for deliverance.
  • Analyzes how thorkild jacobsen provides a wide array of roles of gods and people's relation to them in his literature, the treasures of darkness.
  • Concludes that personal piety involves utmost submission to the divine being for guidance, love, and compassion purposes especially in time of adversity.

It is obvious that people lookout for the bible first to solve social issues by determining what the bible says and then relating it to modern issues. However, this rather deductive approach does not provide a concrete overview of the term personal religion in regards to the extent to which one should portray utmost devotion to God. Based on the three elements of personal religion, the story of the biblical Job offers a well-rounded framework of the true nature of the piety and morality individuals should hold to remain submissive to the divine. Firstly, Job shows an impeccable sense of commitment to religious and attitudes necessary to make one stand in a close personal relation to the divine. He is man whom even God Himself embeds His trust on to the extent of allowing Satan to not only touch his body, but also kill his dearly loved seven sons and three daughters. Notably, his wife and friend coerce him to curse God and die instead of living in pain. For instance, his wife told him “why do you still hold fast in your integrity? Curse and God and die” (The New King James Version, Job. 2. 9). However, Job proved that his submission to God was not dependent on conditions, but rather utmost conviction and trust despite challenges. He stated “you speak like one of the foolish women. Shall we accept the good God gives us only and not accept adversity?” (The New King James Version, Job. 2. 9). This shows his deep commitment and trust in God despite challenges. He does not let his friends, wife, or his personal perceptions lead him away from the God, who has sustained his live despite material and family

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