Edwards believed that mankind could save itself from damnation depending on the way that they lived. Basically, it is man’s control to save himself of certain damnation. He believed God 's grace could possibly be limited. He proposed a belief that God is judgmental and angry. Edwards ' belief in God was that He was ready to throw people into hell because of all of their unrepentant sins.
Satan knew this, and wanted to bring sorrow and pain into Job’s life for the main purpose of showing God that these were the reasons Job was so faithful. Satan was wrong as always. Job understood that it is the Lord that gives and takes away, for Job said, “blessed be the Lord.” The book of Job was written to instruct us, to rebuke and correct us, and perhaps to prepare us to handle the hardships of life, the experiences of bereavement, loss, and grief at a level that man could never hope to achieve. Job is a book about a man who believed in God, a believer who was badly advised by three friends who were ill equipped to counsel, and had no grasp of the spiritual realities that God teaches. God permits suffering in the life of the believer in order to strengthen his faith.
In His infinite wisdom, God ordained that “the weak things of the world would confound the mighty.” What may seem like foolishness to the natural man are the tools that God uses to accomplish His purpose in the Spiritual world. The writer explains that the mission God has given us is to destroy the works of the devil. We have that power when we raise our voices in song and praise to our God. In the Bible many wars were won by doing “foolish things”, King Jehosaphat... ... middle of paper ... ...and worship, especially when we are in the midst of a spiritual warfare. Satan wants to divert our attention away from God and onto ourselves.
For example, “God is dreadfully provoked, his anger is as great towards them [unconverted men]” (Edwards 41). This example, allows his audience to be frightened about God’s anger towards them. Edwards basically states that God grows angry at men who are not converted. God is not just a little angry at them; he has a great deal of anger. Another example of pathos would be “…to destroy any wicked man, at any moment…so that, thus it is natural men are held in the hand of God, over the pit of hell..." (Edwards 41).
Satan is determined and believes in his own righteousness when he sees God as a dictator that uses his creations as amusement. Satan finally acknowledges God’s true nature and wants to be different. He is earnest and persistent in pursuing what he believes to be true, which is evident when he states “The mind is its own place, and in itself/Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven./What matter where, if I still be the same….” (3). Milton alters the ‘devil’ in Satan into a warrior that carries the burden of Hell within him, yet continues to escape his fate from God’s clutches. Milton goes on to describe Satan as a strong leader, someone who has the power to influence his fellow angels by using the justification that it is “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heav'n” (3).
Yet "remains the censure of this hellish villian" (Act 5, Scene 2). Finally, everything Iago pretended to be led to his demise: Honesty, Innocence, and Love. Iago is a villain, a demi-devil who loves evil and follows 'divinity of hell'. He represents the mystery of iniquity, the more baffling because he seems to everyone except Roderigo to be an honest man. He makes Desdemona and Cassio, as well as Othello, believe that he is a plain, blunt and outspoken man, incapable of deception.
p37). This act of evil is another example of Augustine’s restlessness, for he was looking for understanding and clarity through defying divine law. This love of sin itself is a driving force towards God, Augustine writes, “There was time in my life when I was afire to take my fill to hell” (II.1.1, p33). Augustine later understands that by God allowing him to sin, it drew him closer in relationship with God by showing him that sinning does not produce fulfilment. He writes, “You were ever present to me, mercifully angry, sprinkling very bitter disappointment over all my unlawful pleasures so that I might seek pleasure free from all disappointment” (II.
Throughout this part of Genesis God is seen as possessing the nature of being vengeful, and destructive, however right in his actions. Concluding that humanity is evil at heart, violent, and corrupt, yet deserving of grace, in the end God realises that destruction of his creation is not the answer, instead entering a new covenant with Man, symbolised by the rainbow (Ch. 9, v 11 – 16). The initial idea throughout Chapter 6 is that God is destructive when he is required to be, and possesses no forgiveness towards those who decide to turn to evil unless they change themselves. Only then will they be forgiven.
He must be punished for his unfaithfulness. Hell has "no light, but rather darkness served only to discover sights of woe." It is a "region of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace and rest can never dwell, hope never comes...but torture without end still urges." This is an atmosphere severely unlike the one from which Satan came. He was willing to give up all he had, peace, love, joy, beauty, and all alike, to overcome God and gain all of His power.
Jonathan Edwards, in 1741, preaches at Enfield Connecticut, to the congregation with a desire of converting men who thought too highly of themselves to Christianity. Edwards establishes points by using different strategies of figurative language with the intention of capturing the emotional side of his audience. By using a variety of styles to scare his audience, Edwards’ sermon, with powerful diction, had a great outcome of repenters. Obviously, men depend on God to keep them out of hell, “Your wickedness makes you, as it were, heavy as lead, and to rend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell, and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf.” Following Edwards’ sermon further, mens’ wickedness is going to weigh them down. By comparing the congregation to the heaviness of lead, they are able to imagine how hard it is to not fall into hell and how much they need God.