By “silencing the enemy” in our lives, we can remove strongholds that Satan has set up in our minds simply by singing the praises of God and walking in the spirit. As the writer wrote in the last half of his book it is time for the church to rise out of passivity and aggressively move out in the spirit “against the powers of hell”. It is time for Zion to awake out of it’s slumber and become the victorious church of God. .
Again, The Son of God resists. The Son of God replies that Job and Socrates were not motivated by glory or conquering but still “lives now/ Equal in fame to proudest conquerors (PR.3.98-99).” Through lines 108-120 of Book 3, we hear Satan’s argument for glory, that God seeks glory and it mustn’t be such a bad thing. Oftentimes, we focus on the Son of God’s rebuttals with Satan but the idea that Satan tempts The Son of God to be more like God, who wants glory truly intrigued me. Satan says not to think so lowly of glory, therefore by seeking glory The Son of God will be more like God, the great Father, “Think not so slight of glory; therein least/ Resembling thy great Father (PR.3.109-110).” Rather think highly of glory, for God is glorified. Satan continues to describe that God “seeks” glory and things are created, administered, and fulfilled for the glory of God.
This further suggests that Beowulf is a Christian work, as the hero in the story is winning his battles based on the strength that he gains from God. However, even though it seems as if Beowulf has God on his side it seems there is a notion of the belief of fate involved too, it says, “At the wall ’twill befall us as Fate decreeth,” (Greenblatt 64). It seems that even though Beowulf is acknowledging God’s part in his victory, it is still up to fate, a very pagan idea, to decide what will
Mine burns in secret!" Dimmesdale realizes his fault in hiding his sin, but his desire to repent is repeatedly overcome by his craving for public approval. His continuing falsehood led to his straying away from his relationship with God. "'You shall have no other gods before me.'" (Exodus 20:3) In the words of Martin Luther, this first commandment can be best interpreted as "We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things" (Luther's *Small* Catechism).
Therefore, Ivan thinks that the human nature cannot stand for such burden. Moreover, in his story Ivan urges that Christ’s doctrine is absurd as well as the God’s one. The Roman Church embodies that absurd. Using Roman Church he identifies its representative, the Grand Inquisitor, as an Antichrist which succumbed the temptations of “dread spirit” (p.14). The legend of “Grand Inquisitor” can be interpreted as the “Temptation of the Jesus” where the Christ rejected all temptation, however, Inquisotor instead accepted it (p.43) where Inquisitor himself acknowledges it by saying “We are not working with Thee but with him”.
Milton makes use of Christian doctrine but still allows himself enough room for poetic license to create this celestial battle. Paradise Lost reflects Adam and Eve’s true purity and innocence on Earth, as well as God’s ultimate test by placing the Forbidden Fruit in reach allowing Satan to manipulate the scene. One issue Milton’s epic poem provokes is whether or not Adam and Eve were so innocent that they had no real concept of death or punishment, thus slightly justifying falling into temptation. I, however, believe that original innocence translates directly to ignorance. God gave Adam and Eve the option to fall into the temptation Satan offered them in order to give them free will, to test their faith and know that they had true intentions and faith in His word to not have to know what would happen if they took the fruit.
Being a Christian, Sir Thomas decided to let God be the judge of those who endorsed the oath to avoid the wrath of King Henry and remain on earth for an amount of time that would surely pass. Fearing not for his life but for the verdict on his immortal soul, Sir Thomas Moore decided to defend the truth. The corruption of Renaissance England is obvious all the way from the church to the monarchy–clutching cardinals, lords, bishops, and even kings in its nearly inescapable grasp. Wishing to gain greater material wealth, those in high places often bent the rules, told lies, and threatened underlings to attain that which they desired. Sir Thomas Moore, however, made no false pretenses–he truly believed in Christianity and its siblings honesty, charity, and integrity.
The idea of loyalty, a hero, and a giver are all signs of Christianity. Beowulf could be seen as Christ when trying to help the people as Grendel could be compared to Satan who tries to destroy happiness and well-doing. The last battle in Beowulf was against the fierce dragon that could also be saw as the power of Satan. During this battle Beowulf chooses to use a weapon because of the dragon’s deadly venom, it would only be fair. It was a hard fight but Beowulf wasn’t capable of defeating the dragon.
The kings think they can save themselves be... ... middle of paper ... ...itude. Fear, without joy, is torment and nothing like the attitude God wants us to have when we serve Him. We must have Holy fear, which is rejoicing while fearing God30. By rejoicing in trembling, we submit to his reverence which is what God is telling the kings to do31. David Tells Them to Submit Themselves to Him Through Everything and if They Have Any Faith, They are Blessed (Psalm 2:12) The phrase, “Kiss the Son” shows that God wants us to notice our place before Him but also recognize the relationship we have with Him.
Fellowship has promised to be his friend and to go wherever Everyman goes, but when Fellowship lear... ... middle of paper ... ... the truth about life and death. Good Deeds alone could not have strength until faith was the foundation of Everyman. Notice that when Everyman made his penance Good Deeds became stronger. Faith and Good Deeds go together. The author made it clear that you cannot go to heaven with good deeds alone, but that getting into heaven is accepting Christ as your own personal Savior.