Donne is challenging God and testing his tolerance by speaking with him and using words such brutal and unpleasant words as “batter”, “overthrow”, “bend”, “burn”, “imprison”, “enthrall”, and “ravish”. Prayer is a form of protest in Holy Sonnet XIV because Donne is telling God that he does not want his assistance in conquering the evil within him because if he attains his help, then he will forever be in debt and must abide by his strict rules and will become a prisoner. The first two lines of the poem begin Donne’s bold protest to be saved and purified. The lines state, “Batter my heart, three person’d God; for, you/As yet but knocke, breathe, shine, and seeke to mend”. Donne intends for the first sentence to include the image of God beating his heart because it references the fact that God still accepts broken souls that are also remorseful.
Let us explore these beliefs. Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye,(62; 1) the sin of self-love a mortal sin in Christianity. He fears self-love is so deeply rooted that he will never be rid of it; And for this sin there is no remedy, It is so grounded inward in my heart. (62; 3-4) Shakespeare seems angry that he is experiencing self-love. In Sonnet 62 Shakespeare could be warning his friend to beware of self-admiration as it is mortal sin and not easy to discard.
The poem “Upon the Burning of our House,” by Anne Bradstreet, was in many ways one of the most devout showings of Puritanism. Bradstreet makes many allusions to the bible, as well as to God himself. The poem proves that all in the world is temporary in the eyes of God, but only as a test for our faith in him. Bradstreet uses both allusion, and inverted syntax to show just how temporary mundane items are. These two literary devices are also used to create the dramatic setting of the poem and form the ideas of Puritan values.
“Sinners in the Hands of an angry God” In the “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God” Edwards talks to the puritans in a form of imagery, stating how God has us in his hands and at one point he might just have to let us go because of our sins. Edwards tries to get his point across by stating the awful weight of sin, the wrath of an angry God, and the power of God and his ability to do horrible things to sinners. He wants to put fear into the unconverted people of the church. As he starts his sermon, he beings to talk about the unconverted people in a different way using the words “they” or “them” but the people already knew that sermon was referring to them. He uses this topic to penetrate main point inside the people’s hearts.
God reacts to the human decision to turn from him by consigning people to the consequences of their actions. As Paul will show, this involves an ever-increasing cycle of sin, but he highlights sexual sins. Just as God spoke to the original audience, so he still speaks to us through the pages of Scripture. The common humanity with the people of the Bible is evident, we discover a universal dimension in the problems they faced and the solutions God gave them. Those who fail to recognize that Scripture is both timely and timeless run into a host of problems.
Scripture is the Word of God revealed to men and it is necessary for his/her salvation. Along with Scripture Wesley believed in prevenient grace. He strongly opposed the theology of predestination where only few are chosen by God and predestined for heaven or hell. In the next few paragraphs I will discuss these major topics of Wesley theology. True Christianity, is what most of the followers of Jesus Christ want to experience on daily basis.
Shakespeare is suggesting that Hamlet’s is already a troubled mind, thus the audience is already aware of the burdens Hamlet suffers. As this is made clear at such an early stage, it is fair to assume that Shakespeare may be presenting these burdens as a reason for Hamlet’s fall into madness. This reference to religion is also quite significant. Had Hamlet not had these Christian views that God punishes ‘self slaughter’ he might have already tried to commit suicide. Shakespeare’s audience would also have had these views, and by using this reference to religion, Shakespeare is conveying to them Hamlet’s complete desperation – he is contemplating jeopardising his soul by going against the word of God.
The poem ,as we are told at the outset, was “to justify the ways of God to man”. The epic shows the writer’s misery after the Restoration, and his determination for revolution. The style of the epic is grand, which is the result of his life-long classical and biblical study. Paradise Lost was the epic of mankind, but also an epic display of human nature. The characters in this poem is of great worth to analyse.
Milton also states that, above all else, he wishes to “assert th' Eternal Providence, And justifie the wayes of God to men” (Milton 6-26) Pope, on the other hand, uses these conventions of the epic in a comical way. The Rape of the Lock starts off with a beautifully worded invoking of the muse. He turns from the traditional epic however and leaves the muse nameless and dedicates the poem to its commissioner, John Caryll. Pope uses the mock epic for his satirical purposes at every turn. In the first canto he