His sermon was typical of the era and can be assumed to be quite effective. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” paints a vivid picture of Hell and informs the audience that they are kept out of hell only by the “mere pleasure of God (p 426).” Puritans had a different view of Christianity and God then most people today. They believed we are all born sinners (depravity). Modern day Christians believe this to be partially true because of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where Eve eats a fruit from the Forbidden Tree and then persuades Adam to eat too. This was the first sin and is now a part of everyone thus creating the initial need for people to accept Jesus Christ and to repent for their sins.
This sentence shows how sins affect you in life. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” he uses symbols and descriptive language to explain the effects of sin. Mr. Hooper, the minister, uses a softer approach to win his people heavenward. It states, “Mr.Hooper had the reputation of a good preacher, but not an energetic one. He strove to win his people heavenward by mild, persuasive influences, rather than to drive them.” Hawthorne uses Mr. Hooper’s approach to explain the effects of sins to the reader.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates the idea that the bravest individual is the one who obeys his or her conscience. One way this work proves this point is through plot. Plot is the sequence of events in a literary work. As the plot unfolds in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, one of the books main characters, continues to do what he thinks is right despite what people say about him. An example of this behavior is how Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape, despite everything he has been taught, and despite the children and townspeople who antagonize his two children.
From the teachings of Paul the apostle, “People who are greedy fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction” (1 Timothy 6:9). In William Golding's novel Lord Of The Flies, allusions are being made to the Bible providing insight on the weakness of man to give into temptations that ultimately lead to sorrow. In the novel, Golding uses compelling aspects from the Bible such as dark powers, the Garden of Eden, and the embodiment of Jesus Christ in order to allude to the holy scriptures and how temptation wrote an unintended future filled with immense heartache and demise. The Bible and Golding's novel both depict significant events and ideologies and it is irrefutable that they
The bible also gives us Jesus’s teachings to show us how people in poverty and explain to us why it is so important to help people in poverty. Before the temptation Job was blessed by God, he had many possessions and a large family. Job is described by God as “blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” (Job 1:8) According to Gutierrez, Job followed a “doctrine of temporal retribution, which says that the upright are rewarded with prosperity and health, while sinners are punished with poverty and sickness.” (147) The Devil twists Job’s theology and puts him to the test. According to the devil “you have put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has. You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the
Zora Neale Hurston’s world view was that of a cynical tirade that would sweep the nation’s shortcomings for lack of diversity, and openness to growth. With such vivid and depict voices in her book Their Eyes Were Watching God Hurston tackles life’s most intriguing problems of isolation, society, culture, religion, and sex. Their Eyes Were Watching God is most often celebrated for Hurston’s unique use of language, particularly her mastery of rural Southern black dialect. Throughout the novel, she utilizes an interesting narrative structure, splitting the presentation of the story between high literary narration and idiomatic discourse. The long passages of discourse celebrate the culturally rich voices of Janie’s world; these characters
He regrets that he could not overcome the obstacles in his personal narratives. His description of the riots and waste of stores being looted is typical of the outcome he expects. However he is hopeful in some of his poetic prose because he uses a preacher’s penchant for rhythm and resonance in biblical passages. “But as for me and my House”,(pg.59) is an example of Baldwin blending in this entire paragraph of his message not to fall into the trap that is of hate and the immutable
Vladimir’s dialogue “One of the thieves was saved” introduces one of the central tenets of Christianity that human beings are essentially sinful and have to be saved. Hence, Christ is also referred to as the ‘Saviour’. The souls have to wait for the judgement hour before God passes verdict on all the dead. Hence Vladimir talks about the thief who was saved by Jesus Christ when they were both being crucified. As the play points out, of the four evangelists who witnessed the crucifixion only one speaks of the saving of one of the two thieves who were crucified along with Jesus Christ, whereas the other three only make passing references to the thieves.
Without the strong emotions all humans feel, we would not be driven to sin. The Scarlet Letter is a tale of sin, human condition, and the nature of evil. Once again, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses this story to reveal the true hypocrisy of the Puritan lifestyle. In this book, sin seems to come natural to the people in the Puritan Settlement of seventeenth century Boston. Hester Prynne, the main character of the book, was a constant example of sin and human passion.
It is a fact not to deny that Matthew Arnold is one of the really powerful emotional forces in English poetry. The themes which his poetry generally works out are those of aching hearts, longing, frustration, and the depths of blankness and isolation. In his poetry “he usually records his own experiences, his own feelings of loneliness and isolation as a lover, his longing for a serenity that he cannot find.”1 Arnold is a poet very much aware of the conflict in himself-the conflict which “tears him, and he sees it, and it becomes in our eyes all the more painful, but also the more moving-not a muddle, but a battle; not stupid, but tragic. For Arnold was indeed at war with himself.”2 His literary career may be roughly classified into four phases-the period of discontent represented by the early poetry-the modernist Hellenism culminating in Culture and Anarchy-the eight-year period of the Biblical studies-the final decade in which Arnold returns to modernism. The two basic problems that Arnold deals with in his early poems are alienation of the mind from nature and the sense of futility inherent in the cyclic concept of history.