Through his commitment to save mankind and by living a life that reflected Jesus Christ; he shows others how to live like him. He believes in his mission so strongly that he willingly gives up his freedom and his life like Jesus Christ did. In the book, he discovers in himself a commitment to save mankind (Owens 40). He tells Tom Joad: “I figgered about the Holy Sperit and the Jesus road. I figgered, ‘Why do we got to hang it on God or Jesus?
One of the most important things in the Anglo-Saxon culture is family unity. Beowulf travels across the world in order to help another community who is being terrorized by monsters. Once he gets there, he goes and talks to a king named Hrothgar. Hrothgar asks Beowulf if he could go into the town and defeat the monster that was terrorizing the mead-hall. Beowulf accepted with great joy and waited until later that night to go into town, because he knew without a doubt that the monster would likely be there.
He is prepared and ready to fight the creature who threatens his new friends army. Ultimately Beowulf defeats Grendel and his name is praised forever in the land of Hrothgar and his people. This fight is clearly not over for Beowulf and his men. The next night an even worse creature emerges and kills a very esteemed member of Hrothgar’s society. Beowulf is disturbed from rest to come help Hrothgar again.
Constantine: The First Converted Emperor A study of the life and character of the emperor Constantine poses a significant challenge to modern scholars and historians of the Christian faith. On one hand, he is seen as a defender of the faith and a powerful ally of Christian liberty, even a man who claims to have received a revelation of the Christian God. On the other hand, some see him as a vain man who was mainly concerned with his own glory and who used the Christian faith to meet his own political ends. Yet, a study of Constantine’s life and actions reveal a faith in God that has had a profound and lasting influence on the Christian Church and the role that Christians play in the world. When examining the life of Constantine, one must first consider his life before he professed any affinity or allegiance to the Christian faith or Church.
Allegory and Exemplum in Arthurian Legend It is a rarity to read a piece of literature that does not host an underlying message. Bias in works of literature exists in many forms, but the most universal bias is religion. In Arthurian legend, the Code of Chivalry generated moral standards everyone should strive to live by. Arthurian Knights are supposed to be superior. The knights are to live by the highest standards of life, the roots of which are in Christianity.
Scholars and critics have come to various conclusions about the themes and meaning of Beowulf. Although there are many underlying messages and strong ideas throughout the epic, some are more universal and noteworthy than others. Beowulf is a blending of Christian traditions with a folk story that extols virtues of loyalty, courage, and faith in the face of extreme dangers and even death. It presents a model of man willing to die to deliver his fellow men from terrifying evil forces. Throughout the Beowulf, there is a clear blending of Christian traditions and folk story type elements.
Christianity of course heavily influences the poem and there are also some paganistic elements as well (The Dream of the Rood, 2011). The Dream of the Rood is first and foremost a Christian piece. The poem details the death and resurrection of Christ, the triumph over sin and evil, and stresses the importance of the Rood or Cross as we know it. The death and resurrection of Christ is very important in the Christian religion, it is because Christ gave his life for mankind in the ultimate sacrifice to forgive mankind of their sins. When Christ rose again on the third day he made his triumph over sin and evil and proved he was the true Son of God.
Jesus was crucified; he died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected, enabling us to be saved from sin. This is a major part of the concept of Salvation and is demonstrated in John 3:17: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Jesus’ death gives Catholics an opportunity to experience eternal life in Heaven with God. Salvation is a doctrine that is often mentioned throughout the Bible in both the Old and New Testament. This core belief is first revealed in the Bible in Book one, demonstrating its importance to Christian life. In the Old Testament, Genesis 49: 18 states, “I look for your deliverance, Lord,” and in the New Testament, Acts 4:12 states, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” There are 3 main sacraments that ensure Salvation.
This doctrine was rejected by orthodox Christians. Arianism is the belief that Jesus is superior to the rest of creation but is less divine than God, this making Jesus not actually God. The death and resurrection of Jesus has key beliefs within it. These include that Jesus died for our sins, the reflections on the death of Jesus, the belief of the resurrection is a fundamental tenet of Christianity and the nature of risen Jesus. The belief that Jesus died on the cross for our sins was initiated as Jesus promoted he was sent to Earth by God to save humankind.
The idea of someone digging to the other side of the world to put a spire on top of a church to “save” the people from the plague seems silly to the audience. The people of the village think griffin actually went to the city and raised the spire instead of hanging out in a cave. What is the difference between that and believing Christ died for your sins? both have supernatural stories you have to have faith in to be saved. Jesus and Griffin are both heroes because they made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save other people.