He, like all those before and after him, was wondering why God was allowing His chosen people to go through the suffering they were having to endure at the hands of their enemies. He didn’t understand why no matter no matter how much he cries out for God to save them, God has not yet changed the situation. [footnote1] While Habakkuk begins by wondering or worrying about the world around him and God’s seeming indifference, he ends by worshipping God. [footnote2] Habakkuk’s name means to embrace or wrestle. Per usual, his name has to do with the message in his book.
Penance played a major role in crusading it served as a motivation for most of the pious crusaders. Many crusaders believed that the only reason to go on crusade was because “Christ wills it” so therefore the pope was giving indulgences for people who went in the crusade. These indulgences weren’t exactly clear on what they detailed Urban says “Al who die by the way, whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins. This I grant them through the power of god with which I am invested.”1 However this original call to crusade roused many people people who wanted to earn their penance and save their souls. “when these things had been done, while all prostrated themselves on the earth and beat there breasts one of the cardinals named Gregory, made confession for them, and they were given absolution for all their sins.”2 This absolution the crusaders where able to receive would motivate them and many others some who did not even have the permission of their priest to go and crusade to take the cross and fight in the crusade.
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.
David even committed one of the Ten Commandments, which God says you can never commit. David coveted Uriah’s wife and ended up later having him killed in battle. This to me, just shows the unfaithfulness of David that God doesn’t like to see in is anointed. Even though David committed this, he owned up to his sins and begged for forgiveness from the God. David was always a faithful man and did everything God asked him to do.
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.
Ps 111:10 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and they who live by it grow in understanding... Prov 16:6 says that fear of the Lord makes men turn from evil. Did you know the Bible uses the word fear at least 300 times in reference to God? Fearing God is good because it saves us from our own sinful nature. In Romans 3:18 it says that "we have no fear of God at all" and that's what causes us to sin. In the bible some references to the word fear associated with God comes from the Hebrew root word 'arats, meaning, "to tremble, to dread, to fear, to oppress, to prevail, to break, to be terrified, to cause to tremble."
The tide is ultimately meant “To quench those flames, that else would on us feed” (12). The tide, or God’s love for us, was so abundant that it ran down into hell and lifted up all of the elect and brought them into heaven. God showed his grace to His chosen people and, once they saw it, they chose to receive Jesus and the salvation that comes from Him. Jesus Christ is the mighty tide and only He can truly wash away sins. Another great metaphor in this poem can be found in stanza three.
Lincoln is preaching that we cannot pass God’s judgement upon others without first thinking about how God would judge us. In addition, Lincoln goes on to explain that the south and the north were expecting God to gift them different outcomes than the outcomes the end of the war brought because neither side can enjoy a complete sense of satisfaction. Consequently, Lincoln emphasizes that almighty God has his own will and the end result of the civil war is what God had planned instead of what the North or South had hoped for. Lincoln’s mentioning of God through out his speech is his way of relating to the American people by ensuring them that he is a religious man himself, by stating that he reads his bible every day and
People are unable to think for themselves without being guided by a religion based decision. Tartuffe represents himself as a sound man of religion and uses that to manipulate Orgon to essentially ruin his entire life. This play is very daring and the class discussion we had on Thursday does bring this play to life when I began reading it from a satirical point of view instead of being so critical and taking it serious. Tartuffe can clearly be symbolized as a high ranking church official since he claims he is such a strong religious man. The play shows that when religion is used as a way to manipulate people it can destroy a society.
The Crusades were just that, however the name of the God in which the aggressors claimed they representatives was not allah but Jehovah. In the scripture the Lord Jesus warns of a day where this would be the motivation of men behind the violence that they would perpetrate. These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.