Sports and religion tie directly into people’s lives every day. Sports and religion connects well with fictional material as well. For instance, Herman Winston, a golfer in Roland Merullo’s Golfing with God, is approached by God’s lieutenant and is asked to help God with the yips. Herman later learns he’s on a spiritual journey that evolves from saving his father’s soul through a golf match with the devil and later being reincarnated on earth for a second life to reach his spiritual destiny. Sports
We could conceive of an even 'primer' mover, but that simply takes us all the way back into the wall of infinite regression. When I first read the Bible, it struck me as neutral on the idea of worship. The Bible flat out tells you that God created humans so that they would be in awe of him, which amounts to saying God created us to inflate his ego. We are to God as our pets are to ourselves, sources of unconditional love. In the book of Job, God essentially makes a gentleman's bet with Satan that Job's worship is genuine and not inspired by God's kindness.
Milton deliberately creates a reason why Satan is necessary to God by examining the Scripture and was further elevated by C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters. In the end, Satan was created to become a figment of people’s conscience where the “evil” accumulates for believers to differentiate the “good” that only exists in their Creator.
Milton is able to do this because it is always worse, and more shocking to see a liked individual reveal himself to be bad, than to always know a bad individual to be bad. Thus, the initial support that Satan gains from readers is designed to alienate him further when his evil side prevails. As the character of Satan progresses, the reader becomes less willing to accept Satan’s goal of freedom of choice. This is... ... middle of paper ... ...n. Satan’s goal of freedom of choice has been lost in his hate. This aspect of Satan serves as the final stage in a reader’s transition from viewing Satan as the brave leader of a just cause, to viewing him as a lowly coward.
Sometimes Satan is portrayed in a sense that makes the reader feel bad for him. Milton tries to express that Satan is a liar not that he is more powerful than God, but actually that he is weaker than God. On the other hand, although God is not talked about to the extent of Satan, He is always talked about in a way that shows His goodness towards His creation. Whether Milton supports God’s side or Satan’s, is an example of just one of the many debates associated with Paradise Lost. While writing the story, “Milton exemplifies two crucial tenets of Christian-Particularly Protestant-theology: man’s free will and Go’s grace and divine justice” (Bloom 14).
Evil only comes into play when a member of God's world renounces his/her role in the proper scheme of things. Evil has no positive nature; but instead the loss of good is what constitutes evil. It is because of his definition of evil that Augustine buys into the free will defense. Augustine attributes all evil, both moral and natural, to the free actions of human beings created by God with the capacity to do either good or evil. While God is the embodiment of goodness and cannot make the decision to be anything but good, other members in the Great Chain of Being do have the ability to willfully alter their predisposition... ... middle of paper ... ...l, and knowing, suffering should not exist in the world.
In the book On the Incarnation by Saint Athanasius many challenges of why God is the only God are confronted. It is justified that God is the one and only God through examples, parables and scripture. The covenant in which God came to the Earth in human form as Jesus Christ to bring salvation to all His people is known as the Incarnation and was unquestionably accomplished through Jesus Christ. The human race needed salvation because of one sin that affected the rest of humanity. God reached out through Jesus to guide us, “He has been manifested in a human body for this reason only, out of the love and goodness of His Father, for the salvation of us men” (Athanasius 2).
With the concept of God being the center of one’s life, it becomes perfectly natural to focus life events and circumstances on God, and to give God credit for accomplishment in life. Theocentrism holds to an entirely different view, which does not reflect the Christian belief. Theocentrism has a couple of different interpretations. One where God is still God, but he is attached to all creation (nature has the same value as humanity); the other where God is creation and human beings should worship God by witnessing and caring for all of creation. The bottom line is Theocentrism is a belief that God is everything and within everything.
This could be interpreted as a personification of god because being an “artificer” and the ab... ... middle of paper ... ...e of ourselves, but simply to preserve ourselves as nature intended (Discourses 8:23). Epictetus’s god is not a caring, personal god as a cursory glance at the texts might have someone believe. While at first glance it may seem as though Epictetus’s god appears to be a personal god, a closer look at the texts reveal that his god is a pantheistic one who is not at all like the personal god of monotheism. His god is one with the universe and the true essence of his god is the rationality of intelligence, right reason, and knowledge while a personal god is a separate entity from the world but cares and watches over from above. Although both Epictetus’s god and the personal god of monotheism are both all good and all powerful, they are so in very different ways.
The incarnation of Jesus was the first step in God’s plan to save humanity and restore our relationship with Him. This seems completely ridiculous to some people, but it was necessary for Jesus to take on human nature. The Bible presents us with several passages of Scripture that reveal to us Jesus’ true identity as the second person in the Trinity. John 1:1-14 refers to Jesus, the son of God, as “the Word”. It explains that this “Word” was in the beginning, was God, and became flesh and dwelt among us.