It could be argued that the flaws in Satan’s character is such that we should feel no admiration toward him and neither fear or pity him but he can be seeming to inspire these emotions. Clearly this is seen when Milton states Satan’s tragic flaws such as envy, pride, and his ambition towards self-glorification. Satan’s pride is stressed throughout Paradise Lost. The important part to remember here is that Satan knows his weaknesses and flaws in his character through out the book. In Heaven, Satan’s pride convinces him that he is equal to God and thus sparks his ambition to defy God and challenges him for a democracy, while being envy at God’s appointment of his Son, this gives Satan the final excuse to challenge God’s
Job begins to think about man’s relationship to God and wonders why God judges people by their actions if God can just as easily alter or forgive their behavior. Humans cannot deceive God and Job admits that he does not even understand himself well enough to effectively plead his case to God. I really love and hate the story of Job. It is so difficult to read a faithful servant being punished when he has done nothing wrong. Yet I think it is incredible how faithful Job could be even when Satan took everything he cared for from him.
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.
Some of his beliefs about life include that it is absurd because he thinks it’s just a game, and that it is mankind’s responsibility to look over oneself because death is a traveling burden. Even during his trial he is at a disadvantage because of his inability to connect with the conventions of society. In Albert Camus’ The Stranger, Meursault loses his faith in life, God, and society because of his lack of understanding and comprehending his feelings and emotions. If the purpose of religion is to bring people together in unity and also give them a sense of hope, then why is Meursault so uninterested and unaffected by any of the events that took place during the novel such as his mother’s funeral, his relationship with Marie, or even his trial? The real purpose Meursault acts the way he does is because he loses is faith in himself and humanity.
He would manipulate and deceive in any fashion as long as he can destroy God’s creation. Satan admits that God was good but his goodness made him feel “miserable” (IV, 73) because of his “boasting” (IV, 85). It is likely that God had no intention of boasting but that does not stop the evil that persists in Satan’s mind from thinking that way. At last, Satan severs his connection with God forever as he states, “farewell, hope; and with hope farewell, fear; Farewell, remorse, all good to me is lost” (IV, 107-108). Satan bids farewell to who he was before, a god amongst the heaven and abandons all hope of any repentance from God.
This is because every person is created in the image of God whether they are a convicted criminal or law abiding citizen. “If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (1 John 4:20-12, New international Version) It is of paramount importance that as Christians we live our lives not only by a heavenly standard “The standard is that a believer should conduct his lie in this earthly world by the principles God has bestowed upon him in the heavenly world.” (Towns, 2007, p. 62) Therefore, we must treat others using the same standard th... ... middle of paper ... ...rror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority?
That statement is useable against anyone claiming that Wasiolek is assuming that the author and the character are the same person. He is simply trying to get his point across that the Ridiculous Man's dream is blasphemy, and seeing as how Dostoevsky believed dreams are important and real, there is a small connection. In his dream, the Ridiculous Man exploits himself continuously by imitating Christ and wanting to become the corrupted utopians Savior, and this exploiting is blasphemy and not the sacrament so many interpreters want to believe it is. The unique views of Wasiolek are further supported by the fact that Dostoevsky uses dialectical concepts in his writing. While everyone is compelled to believe the story is sacramental and religious, Wasiolek remembers to look both ways down the dialectical road before crossing to a final decision.
Job initially doesn't understand why God does this because he has always been righteous in the sight of the Lord. His friends believe his suffering is a direct result from the sin in Job's life but as the text explains, they are clearly ignorant. Job questions God directly, however God challenges him to explain how the universe was created and how it is ordered. Job's error is his presumption that God's ways and his omnipotence are humanly comprehensible. God both rebukes Job and makes his most direct reply to Job's earlier question: "What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
He allows certain things to happen because the things that prompt us to be weak, He will utilize to make us stronger. In the book, the Lord becomes more evident in Ben Fielding 's life when Ben releases the bitterness he maintained against God. Ben was bothered by God for allowing his son to drown and allowing innocent Christians to be slaughtered and killed. He did not understand the way God operated, and most of all Ben Fielding did not trust God. Trusting God is not easy, but if we truly love Him, we will truly trust
In The Golden Compass, the church is an institution that oppresses it’s citizens, and Lord Asriel has no qualms in fighting against it. It is the truth behind Lord Asriel’s passion, that allows the reader to accept him as a sort of hero, while it is Satan’s doubt and weakness that allows us to eventually cast him aside. The resolve of Lord Asriel reflects Pullman’s insistence on how detrimental our own individual thoughts and determinations are. Though our actions may be negative and even harmful, he believes we are essentially soulless without them. Milton, however, see’s that man has no greater obligation than to serve God, and this is the only way which we can find true peace within.