In the Crucible, conscience orbits around Christian beliefs, meaning that people judged their own consciousness thinking religiously. Arthur Miller said “Now I wanted to move closer to a conscious hero”(font in the end) Two main ideas of conscience revolve around The Crucible; morality and the idea of guilt for comitted sins. John Proctor follows the idea of guilt when he judges himself. His conscience tells him not to lie and feel guilty for the rest of his life but he wants to live, and that is the main struggle on his mind. As Proctor, Hale also struggles later on on the play, in terms of morality.
The new covenant, therefore, leads to a desire to do what is right. Righteousness comes from an inner obligation, not an external set of laws. Guthrie points out that the Old Testament sacrifice had weaknesses, one of them being, that sacrifices atoned only sins of the past so new sacrifices had to be made for new sins. Jesus became the new and ultimate sacrifice able to redeem all sin- past present and future. The forgiveness of God allows us to have a clear conscience and prompts us to forgive others.
Furthermore, this atonement theory says the author, is an indication of Jesus’ peaceful hostility leading to the question of divine love as spoken in the Sermon on the Mount. However, the author remembers how Bonhoeffer dealt with the more committed way of Discipleship focusing on “denial without public engagement.” The call to divine love is not to resist evil but to struggle ... ... middle of paper ... ...style, names, words but the way to church renewal in world-wide discipleship. What is really needed in this secular society and church is a “discovering again of Jesus,” explaining it as “a thicker Jesus.” Therefore, one last insight the book taught me was to think about discipleship interactively. It is not a passive but an active message. It is by going into the flied of spiritual battle that true discipleship follow the ways of Jesus.
The Grapes of Wrath exposes the faults of capitalism and was written in and about America where capitalism is often defended as an extension of democracy. In order to refute this claim, Steinbeck uses another American ideal, Christianity, throughout the novel to attack the flaws in capitalism. For example, Steinbeck creates the character, Jim Casy, based off Jesus Christ. Steinbeck purposefully makes Jim Casy an obvious portrayal of Jesus Christ and his ideals. In addition, when Casy sacrifices himself he tells the guards that “[they’re] helpin’ to starve kids” (386).
Similarly, Jesus attempted to spread the word of God while displaying his beliefs freely despite whatever came as a result of not conforming... ... middle of paper ... ...to associate such power with McMurphy. Establishing similarity between the two figures serves to demonstrate the effect McMurphy had on his disciples that mere physical description would not depict. McMurphy battled against conformity and oppression throughout One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and instilled faith in the patients' sanity, which they were blinded from. Likewise, Christ battled against temptation and sin in the bible to instill faith in God and relieve humanity of original sin. "In His death He is a sacrifice, satisfying for our sins," (Martin Luther).
Hamartiology (Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom, 30-35) We are friends of the crucified, but we are the crucifiers as well. We must be trained to see ourselves as sinners, not self-evident, so fundamental we must be taught to recognize it. Cannot perceive it when we are formed by it. Sin not universal tendency to be inhumane or immoral (though involves this), we are sinful because we deceive ourselves about the nature of reality and would thus crucify the one who calls us to God's kingdom. Discover true identity as selves in life, death, resurrection of Jesus.
According to Gockel, “from a Christian perspective, evil is something God has overcome through good” (2009, p.97). Those who believe in God, know that questioning Him is wrong because it means that they do not believe in the goodness of God. People who trust the Lord know his goodness, that He will rescue and heal them from all evil. Also, believers trust in God’s power in difficult times because He hears them throughout the prayers. God can be trusted as he has proven his love in many ways.
We no longer need to fear and hide from it, we can come out in the open and receive what Christ has given to us. Jesus believed that we should exemplify God’s behavior within our inter-human relationships. He does not just want us to love those that are easy to love in our everyday lives, such as brothers or sisters, friends. Jesus wants us to take on the hard and arduous task of loving all mankind, even enemies. In Matthew 5:43-44,48, Jesus states "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
Freud said, “God is a projection of our inner desires”. Marx said, “It was just a way of keeping the hungry masses quiet”. (3) Even with all this negative opposition and doubt, can the hard- line skeptic honestly deny the existence of Jesus? We see proof of Jesus’s existence in the New Testament. The New Testament is a compile of stories after Jesus’s death written by people who believed passionately in what he had done and said.
Within days, militiamen suppressed the revolt and Turner was ironically hung in Jerusalem, Virginia. Many took different steps in the fight for equality. Nat Turner, a religious leader among his fellow slaves, become convinced he had been chosen by God to lead his people to freedom. Leading a revolt, he and five other slaves killed their master and his family. Joined by about sixty other blacks, he led a general revolt.