Even after being kicked out of the garden we still had God on our side. He gave us Jesus Christ. Who went through so much pain and torment in order to save us for the mistake Adam and Eve made. I know so much pain and suffering in the world and I wonder where it originated. How do I escape from the sin of the world and be safe.
“Sinners in the hands of an angry God” was undeniably a fire and brimstone sermon, which is perhaps one of Edwards’ most famous sermons. With his direct tone he has control over his sermon and his audience, while the Pastor persuades them to accept that the wrath of God is upon them. At this time the Puritans had become complacent in their religion, which is relevant today for a number of people of all denominations. Edwards preached this sermon to awaken and persuade the unsaved to accept Christ as their Savior and to become a Christian. The Reverend is urging his listeners to have hope, relief, and acceptance with Jesus Christ.
Jonathan Edwards, in 1741, preaches at Enfield Connecticut, to the congregation with a desire of converting men who thought too highly of themselves to Christianity. Edwards establishes points by using different strategies of figurative language with the intention of capturing the emotional side of his audience. By using a variety of styles to scare his audience, Edwards’ sermon, with powerful diction, had a great outcome of repenters. Obviously, men depend on God to keep them out of hell, “Your wickedness makes you, as it were, heavy as lead, and to rend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell, and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf.” Following Edwards’ sermon further, mens’ wickedness is going to weigh them down. By comparing the congregation to the heaviness of lead, they are able to imagine how hard it is to not fall into hell and how much they need God.
There are also many struggles along the way. The Slough of Despond weighs the pilgrim down with fear, doubt and the b... ... middle of paper ... ...anity of vanities; all is vanity.” In Vanity Fair Christian and Faithful reject the “vanities” of the world. They are persecuted for their belief in the Word of God and sentenced to death. Faithful is killed but Christian is joined by Hopeful, a name that represents the combination of Christianity and Faith, to complete his journey to salvation. Through such literary devices as personification, religious symbolism and allusion, Bunyan teaches his readers the important concepts regarding the journey to salvation.
Naturalist writer, activist, and reformer Alan Paton has done an excellent job in showing the evils of the city. Not only has he done this, but in his writing Alan Paton uses Biblical references frequently. Throughout the novel we see characters changing and becoming more of a Christ or God figure. Through this style of writing, Paton has given South Africa a new, more modern Bible in which he teaches that one must love another in order for blacks and whites to live together. In Cry, the Beloved Country, one sees many Biblical references such as names of characters, descriptions, and actions of characters.
The example of Jesus’ suffering is also exposed in the first letter of Peter as an event that personally changed the Apostle,“ Praised be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”(1.3) In Peter’s weakness, Jesus saved him and placed him as the rock for the church. Jesus instructed Peter of the dangers of human desires that go against the will of God. (2.11) The outstanding theme of the Apostle Peter’s first letter is the paradoxical situation of Jesus’ followers. A person with seemingly self-contradictory qualities cannot conform to God’s will and submit to human authorities established by God.
Paul lays himself out for poor Onesimus, and with all his means pleads his cause with his master: and so sets himself as if he were Onesimus, and had himself done wrong to Philemon. Even as Christ did for us with God the Father, thus also St. Paul does for Onesimus with Philemon… We are all His Onesimi, to my thinking(The Book of Philemon. (n.d.).” The book of Philemon is metaphor of what Jesus did, so sinner would be set free from the bondages of sin. God having the power to forgive sin. Jesus the mediator also the one who pays for the sin.
Reverent J.C. Postell in chapter four of the manual states that the slaves are brimming with all sin in their natural state, and their enslavement “revolutionizes them from such a state… where they may have the Gospel, and the privileges of Christians.” However, other slavery supporters, including Douglass’ masters the Ault family do not deem the slaves worthy of reading the Bible. Douglass reflects on Christianity positively when he discusses the Sabbath school, meant to teach slaves the Bible. The dismantling of the Sabbath school by religious leaders is an important turning point in Douglass’ faith journey and more importantly his self-concept. After beginning to teach Douglass to read, the Aults realize that an educated slave elevates in agency and is “of no value to his master.” (Douglass 1196). To Douglass, “he who proclaims it a religious duty to read the Bible denies me the right of learning to read the name of the God who made me” (Douglass 1236).
Satan knew this, and wanted to bring sorrow and pain into Job’s life for the main purpose of showing God that these were the reasons Job was so faithful. Satan was wrong as always. Job understood that it is the Lord that gives and takes away, for Job said, “blessed be the Lord.” The book of Job was written to instruct us, to rebuke and correct us, and perhaps to prepare us to handle the hardships of life, the experiences of bereavement, loss, and grief at a level that man could never hope to achieve. Job is a book about a man who believed in God, a believer who was badly advised by three friends who were ill equipped to counsel, and had no grasp of the spiritual realities that God teaches. God permits suffering in the life of the believer in order to strengthen his faith.
Christian worldview’s response to the problem of evil and suffering is a reality because they are born into a broken world in the result of the fall (Hiles & Smith, 2014). Christians understand that “suffering increases our compassion and equips us to comfort others who suffer” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Also, Christians understand that Jesus died for humanity to gain eternal life. If people reject the purifying death of Jesus, then they will suffer the consequences of God’ rebellion (Gockel, 2009). This means that God will not save them, nor force them to believe in Him; in which they will be condemning themselves to suffer.