Also this quote states, “Not an organizer or politician, he moved men by the power of a profoundly religious faith resulting in unshakable trust in God…” This shows us that Martin Luther didn’t persuade people by organizing meetings or telling the people of the city lies, he showed people the wrongs of the Catholic Church, which sparked a new religion. Also, Martin Luther’s actions began the Reformation. Once Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the castle church in Wittenberg, his words were copied and printed, and they were known all over Germany. The Reformation led to the founding of Christian churches that did not accept the pope’s authority. Luther wanted to reform the Church.
However, if God exists and one does not believe he/she will receive eternal punishment. Therefore, any sensible person should believe in God because the risk is greater to do otherwise. By breaking down this wager one is able to perceive what he/she risks by not believing in God and in turn causes them to evaluate their future in the after-life. One of the most criticized elements of Pascal’s Wager is that it assumes God rewards belief. Is it really rational to believe that God will reward blind faith and punish those who do believe in moral justice but do not necessarily believe in him?
It is true that we should doubt this miraculous transubstantiation as each time this miraculous event happens it is done by a corrupt and unholy priest behind a screen. As regular church goers you should have the right to see what your church is about but if Catholicism can't even promise that then how on earth can you truly believe in the church? The wine into blood and the eucharistic bread into the body of Christ should be before your very eyes, if not then one assumes the church to be a sham and a fake. This is very similar to the current sate of the church, priests gambling, buying into prostitution, creating nepotism, absenteeism and pluralism. This is hardly the personal and morally correct spiritual values that the church prides itself on?
Roman society worked by everyone submitting to the emperor and sacrificing to the gods. That these Christians would not accept societal norms must have been infuriating for many romans, and is the starting point of their hatred towards the Christians. The roman religion which saw seeing forgiveness as performing a set of rituals had no interest in some morality or a set of dos and don’ts, which the Christians lived by. This was considered to be the realm of philosophy. There was no great concern for the afterlife here, and Polytheism with its acceptance of an unlimited number of gods meant that the society that practiced it was adaptable to change.
“All right then,” Huck decides in chapter 31, “I’ll go to hell,” (250). With this decision, he realizes that helping his friend is more important than a traditional rule of the church. Likewise, Huck also reforms and fine-tunes his original moral code throughout the story. Generally his code for lying from the beginning is that it’s wrong and that he shouldn’t do it. But, throughout his adventures, he realizes that sometimes it’s alright to do it and sometimes not.
This tone becomes visible through the confession with the priest and Sister James. It’s ironic because Sister James tells Toby her sins and when he goes back to confess again, he tells the priest her sins instead of his own. The negative tone towards Toby’s Catholic faith becomes apparent due to his untruthfulness and lack of concern during confession. Father Karl even goes onto state that “he believes in the world,” (249) and desires materialistic possessions including “the world’s esteem.” (249) It is ironic because Father Karl attempts to guilt Toby into repentance, however Toby knows that Father Karl understands that he has not reached him because “Toby is in hiding.” (250) Irony develops round characters such as Dwight and Toby. It portrays Dwight as an antagonistic
Why did the Pope call the crusades in 1101? One reason the Pope Urban called the crusades in 1101 was to stop fighting amongst the European nobles. In desperate attempts to keep or gain land and therefore power nobles would constantly battle against each other for their land, killing and pillaging surrounding villages, peasants and church property. The Pope disapproved of this unchristian behavior and the harm it was doing to Christian property but saw that they needed something to vent their aggression and distract them, which the crusades were perfect for. The nobles were happy to comply as there was a lot of worrying about their ‘tarnished’ souls and the crusades were seen as a way of redemption for the afterlife.
In “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” Edwards brings into question the salvation of anyone who has not been “born again.” He never directly questions his own salvation, but declares that many in the congregation to which he is speaking will soon find themselves burning in hell. The only hope he offers for escaping from the fiery pits of eternal damnation is a metaphorical call to flock to the open arms of Jesus. Considering that he was speaking to a congregation of Puritans, such an ultimatum would seem superfluous: were they not all there for the purpose of seeking God’s mercy? Or perhaps Edwards was speaking to those Puritans like Anne Bradstreet in all their human imperfection. Unlike Edwards, Bradstreet’s writings reveal belief in a loving and forgiving God, one in whom her salvation need not be questioned despite her acknowledged failings and occasional doubt that we saw in “To My Dear Children.” Bradstreet’s imagery of God in “Some Verses upon the Burning” stands in potent juxtaposition to Edwards’ claims: Thou hast an house on high erect, Framed by that might Architect, With glory richly furnished, Stands permanent though this be fled.
It appears that in this chaos and disaster when Job’s friends should have been there to console him or even just pray for him or even marvel in the fact that God is in total control they seem to forget God’s ineffability; they fail to realize that God never allows a thing to take place without a purpose instead they basically said, “well I don’t know what you did but you better repent now before God unleashes more of his wrath on you…” It’s clear that Job thought what he could have done to upset God, and that he felt that maybe this was too much for him. Yet one thing is certain he never denied the words of the Holy One(Job 6:10). He may have wished God ended his life instead of allowing him to endure all of these things, still he never spoke ill of God because he knew that God in a sense can be ineffable. Many characteristics of God are indeed ineffable or simply hard to understand. How God could do this to a man such as Job
By saying that “the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven”, Jesus did not mean that His crucifixion and resurrection paid only for a subset of Sins and certain sins are excluded from the Grace of Calvary. The concept of ‘unforgivable sin’ has troubled quite a lot of people since they are concerned that, because they have rejected or blamed or grieved the Holy Spirit once, they have sinned too much to be forgiven of that sin. In fact, Unpardonable Sin does NOT mean that God is unable to pardon a sin, but it signifies that one who refuses to accept the forgiveness cannot be forgiven. To understand how blasphemy of Spirit becomes unpardonable, we need to understand what “blasphemy against the Spirit” actually is. Defiance of Holy Spirit Vs Defiance of Son of Man It is to be noted that Jesus warned about the unforgivable sin to Pharisees who accused Jesus to be demon possessed.