So suffering as a Christian is all right because it means that you share an aspect of Christ's life, and you should continue to praise God. "So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good"(I Peter 4:19). This is our answer: Have faith in God, through the good times and especially the bad, for during the bad times is where our faith will truly be tested, and when the "Problem of human suffering" arises, it won't seem like much of a problem at all.
However, one should not be discouraged because of what they lack, but look forward to the improvement we are capable of bringing to our own lives. Becoming more spiritual will always be beneficial. Anytime one can improve their relationship with God one can improve their life astronomically. Emotional wellness is possible even for those who have been through horrible experiences. Practicing emotional wellness can bring healing.
When Nietzsche says, "God is dead", he means that Westerners and Christians have killed the idea of a loving God because their ideas were often hypocrisies. After all, how can a purely good God promise eternal damnation for our sins? Christians are brought up to fear their own desires. Nietzsche writes, " Faith is always most desired, most urgently necessary, where will is lacking, for the will, as the feeling of command, is the distinctive sign of self assured authority and strength. In other words, the less one knows how to command, the more urgently one desires some commander, some strict commander- a god, prince…"(p. 147.
People have never asked me what my spiritual life story is, but for as long as I can remember it’s what I always knew. Spiritually, I know what I believe and my views on certain topics, but I know I could grow a lot. As long as I can remember, I went to church every Sunday for the past eighteen years. Out of the eighteen years I went to Church, fifteen of them was with the Presbyterian church and three years were with the Solid Rock Church. I was a church baby which means I grew up going to church every Sunday no matter the circumstances because that is what my family did.
The Christian image of God can be described as eminent and this may be a major reason as to why both Milton and Donne’s representations of God are so adorned. Even though God doesn’t give either author what they ask for, Donne and Milton’s dedication to serving and loving the Lord present a representation of something can only be desirable. Even though both authors are given difficulties they do not complain about the pain they feel but rather that this challenge may not let them folly worship God. The poem When I consider how my light is spent is ultimately about John Milton’s contemplation how daily life will be like after he goes completely blind. The speaker in the sonnet has a conversation with God about what he should do about his impending loss of sight.
Meister Eckhart explains two kinds of poverty. One is external which is good and praiseworthy in those who willingly practice it for love of our Lord Jesus Christ and another is internal poverty which is referred to our Lord when he says “blessed are the poor in spirit” (203).A materially poor person who seeks God through voluntary material poverty alone is one is who clings to his own ego in external devotions which such people regard as greater importance. As long as you have the will to perform God’s will and desire of eternity and for God, you are not yet poor in spirit. We should live for truth or for God. We should be free of self-knowledge and sense that God lives in our
In the bible, there is a strong reoccurring theme of people of poor moral character or in a position of low social status in their society making a transformation for the better within themselves after following Jesus and the word of God. When a human follows the laws and does what is asked of them, in return, the Lord is able to bless the person’s character, making them shed the skin of the negative things they may have done in the past and are still dwelling in, preforming a sort of positive reformation for their soul. Also, God never discriminates against any of his people no matter what; in his eyes everyone deserves an equal chance and a fresh start. God will save any of his creation, regardless of how bad some of the things they may have done in the past are; to Him, how we finish life is more important than how we begin it. This notion, that God can transform someone who isn’t the most righteous person into someone upstanding, appears in the Christian scriptures and also has roots within the Hebrew Scriptures; its purpose being to prove how significantly God’s presence can positively affect one’s life.
For instance, in Matthew 6:8, Jesus instructs that the length of our prayers should not be wordy because “your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” (Matt. 6:8) In her book The Power of Simple Prayer, Joyce Meyers goes over other keys that will ensure our prayers to be effective. The keys she goes over include: obedience to God, being consistently and uncompromisingly righteous, persistence, being properly submitted to those in authority over us, praying for others more than we pray for ourselves, treating people well, extending forgiveness just as we have been forgiven, and praying with expectation (The Power of Simple Prayer; Chapter 10, Joyce Meyers). To me the praying for others more than praying for myself seems to be a struggle of mine because I’m focused more on others during the day that my faith feels as though it’s dragging, so I pray for spiritual maturity and restoration more than I pray about the people I’ve come
God’s promise of salvation continues today and forever. Jesus took away our condemnation to sin and replaced it with freedom in Him. “Salvation is by grace, which means freedom from sin by the indwelling, fortifying, cleansing life of the Spirit, and not by works of the law” (Willard, 88). We obey God’s commands not to get into heaven, but because we love Him. Christians today love others and serve God because of the desires of the Spirit.
In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards extensively enhances the urgency of turning lives over to God through a provocative style filled with vivid illustrations and elaborate imagery. One recognizes that the style of this work is extremely aggressive and graphic. Edward’s word choice is quite negative, yet always followed by a “positive-to-come’’ or “resolution” to his negativity. The repetition that Edward’s uses in his writing style emphasizes the seriousness and importance of the subject as shown in the phrase, “…the fearful danger you are in: it is a great furnace of wrath, a wide and bottomless pit, full of the fire of wrath, that you are held over in the hand of that God whose wrath is provoked….” In addition, the graphic imagery creates inescapable illustrations in the mind. For example, the passage, “If God should only withdraw his hand from the floodgate, it would immediately fly open, and the fiery floods of the fierceness and wrath of God, would rush forth with inconceivable fury…” shows the almighty, all powerful, and all controlling might of the wrath of God.