Protesting Religion through Prayer John Donne is directly speaking to God in Holy Sonnet XIV. This kind of direct communication can be classified as a type of prayer because it makes direct references to religion, religious texts, and also includes direct requests aimed towards God. Donne is basically a daring sinner pleading with God for redemption in a risky way. He doubts his existence and is therefore using clever literary devices such as paradoxes and extended metaphors to protest and criticize purity and the rules of religion as well as to showcase his complex frustration. 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”.
Jonathan compares God’s wrath to a taunt bow, ready to fire at any moment. Ready to fire an arrow that he has no reason to hold back, yet God holds it back out of his loving nature. This imagery describes how the congregation members have nothing to hang onto to save them from hell. Jonathan sends the message that the sinners have made more offences to God then what would be forgivable, and if they do not reflect upon and correct their actions soon, they
And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me. But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. -John 16:1-4 This aforementioned reference to the words of Christ is what Jesus told His disciples about coming religious persecution. Jesus did not specify that the persecution would come from Jews, or Muslims or “so called” Christians. The Lord warned that “Men would think that they were offering service for God”.
He uses this topic to penetrate main point inside the people’s hearts. Edwards also uses figure of speech to compare God’s wrath to common experiences people have. He also uses metaphor in his sermon to show what god wants to do such as the bow of God’s wrath being pointed to the hearts of the sinners. This shows that God could release his anger at any time but God’s kindness saves them. More into his sermon he compares sinners with a rock and a spider web.
“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was a revival sermon written and preached by Jonathan Edwards. It draws up the three basic tenets of Puritanism which are original depravity, limited atonement, and predestination. Most Christians in today’s world do not quite agree with this view. Edwards preaches that it is only by the hand of God that people are not cast into hell giving the impression that anything a person may do to keep themselves out of hell is futile. His sermon was typical of the era and can be assumed to be quite effective.
She is quick to say, "The God that I serve looks at a person's heart deep down and not his appearance". Is this the case? Let's not forget quickly that our appearance can cause a fellow man to sin, and that is sinful on our part. This is surely the handiwork of the devil. nful Also, I think this trend is on the speedy rise because not much attention is given to it in the church today for fear of indirectly driving away and losing our already handful members.
Believers practicing loving God with all their mind would be a witness to this world and even a way of reaching out in compassion and gentleness we have left behind by burying our arguments in our Bibles and not engaging the questions raised by the lost. Understanding where Evangelicals have fallen intellectually will help foster obedience to Christ’s command to love God with all of our mind. The major arguments held by critics Richard Hofstadter, George M. Marsden, and Alister McGrath, declare modern Evangelicalism anti-intellectual. Some of the main reasons for this are the average Evangelicals fear of defending their faith, the separation of the spiritual and secular, and the slothfulness Evangelicals have to
The sermon, “from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” by Jonathan Edwards explains how sinners are going to go to hell because they have sin. Edwards is persuading his audience by trying to convert people, he explains to sinners what is going to happen to them and give examples describing how sinner were going to hell. Edward is trying to convert people. The reason is that he wants to build a better society, trying to make people have a relationship with God and he look down to people because they are sinners. For example, states in his sermon that, “The devil is waiting for them, hell is going for them, the flames gather and flash about them,” (pg.46), which is basically explaining how sinners are going to burn in hell and they deserve it.
Captivating someone’s emotions is most effective to catch and keep their attention. In the accomplished sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Jonathan Edwards applies extensive use of rhetorical strategies, but the most persuasive are metaphors utilized through pathos in an attempt to sway the acts of sinners, the natural men to be morally correct. While discussing the natural men’s wickedness, Edwards states “All your righteousness, would have no more influence to uphold [the natural men], and keep [the natural men] out of hell, than a spider’s web would have to stop a fallen rock” (Edwards 8), giving his unconverted audience the idea that God is the single force who is the deciding factor of whether they are saved, or dropped to eternal damnation. Edwards compares sinners to spiders, creatures despised by humans just as sinners are detested by God, displaying to Edwards unconverted congregation how poorly God thinks of them. Righteousness is showcased as the natural men’s sin and weakness.
The priests are there so that God can intercede through the priests. As our lives move forward, we sin against God, ourselves, and our neighbors. Reconciliation can keeps us on the straight path to God and help us to control ourselves so that we don’t harm one another. Since Christ has given us this sacred sacrament, we should trust that this is what He wanted for us. There is proof in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in Sacred Scripture, and in the Introduction to Catholicism that we as Catholics are entitled to go to confession in the way that Jesus’ taught us to.