Think of at least three hero figures from books that you have recently read or movies you have recently seen. Is the heroism of these men a Christian heroism or a pagan heroism?
In a book I am reading right now, The Maze Runner, one boy is trying to help other boys get out of this maze they are trapped in. Even though he is trying to save their lives, he is not bringing them to Christ, which means he is not practicing Christian heroism. Last spring I read the book called The Hunger Games and watched the movie for it. The main character saves herself, her partner, and attempts to save a little girl. Some might say that makes her a hero. These actions are, however, preforming pagan heroism because she isn’t leading anyone to Christ and she had to kill someone in the process of trying to save the little girl. In the movie The Princess Bride, the boy, Wesley, does everything he can to save his girlfriend from marring a horrible king. This is also an example of pagan heroism.
God Remains Holy
People often wonder how God can use sinful people and still be holy, just, and good. God is capable of doing different things that we cannot wrap our minds around. Humans often cannot fathom how or why God does the things He does through the people He chooses. Our job is to trust Him.
The Bible gives us several examples of how God can accomplish His purposes through the sinful actions of human beings and still be holy, just, and good. Joseph’s brothers kidnapped him and sold him into slavery. Joseph ended up saving his family and Egypt from famine. Another example of God using sinful people is the story of Moses. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart towards Moses, and through this, God showed His power to Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the Israelites with plagues. In the end, God’s ultimate goal was the freedom of the Israelites and through this He was able to demonstrate His power. Also, in the Bible, we read about Peter denying Jesus three times, but Jesus forgave him. Even though Peter sinned, he became a preacher in the early church. Romans 9:19-23 (NIV) says, “One of you will say to me: ‘Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?’ But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? ‘Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?”’ Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory.” This verse tells us that the Creator has the right to do what He wishes with His creation. In this case, the Creator is God. Whatever God does is holy, just and good. He is the only definition of these words that we have; therefore, whatever He chooses to do is holy, just, and good because He is God. When God does something that the world considers “unfair,” He is always doing it for good. He shows great patience with the objects He chooses to use. In every case, His power is shown in some way, and that is why we are all here in the first place. The Bible tells us this multiple times.
In our world today, we see horrible things happen and we can wonder, “Is God working in all of this?” Of course, the average person looking at these situations cannot tell unless God has spoken to them. During the horrible Columbine shooting, a girl attending school one day was pinned to the ground and asked if she were a Christian. Though it is not certain exactly what she said, whether it be, “yes” or “I believe in Jesus Christ,” we know that she professed Christ and would not back down. Unfortunately, she was killed, but her story and amazing testimony lived on and has brought many people to Christ. After the horrific attacks on 9-11, churches everywhere were filled. People were scared and they wanted answers. People started thinking about what would have happened to them if they were in those towers. Because of this tragedy, many people were saved. It has been said that many of the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting were Christians, and because of this shooting, were able to go home to Heaven. Many people express how sad it is that so many people’s lives were cut short, but for the Christian, when God decides it is time to go home, why would anyone refuse? These are examples of God working in the world today. When something good comes from each situation, we can see that He is still holy, just, and good.
When we start to doubt what God is doing and start accusing Him of doing horrible things through wicked people, we must stop ourselves. It is not our place to decide what is holy, just, and good. Only God can determine these things. Who are we to put ourselves in the place of God? We must trust God in the knowledge that whatever He does is best.
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Bryan, Stuart. “Genesis.” Omnibus I: Biblical and Classical Civilizations. Ed. Douglas Wilson and G. Tyler Fisher. Lancaster, PA: Veritas press, 2005. 7 – 22. Print.
New International Version. Zondervan, gen. ed. Michigan: Zondervan, 2006.
In athletic events, if one player does something wrong (e.g. drops an easy fly ball in the bottom of the ninth inning, allowing two runs to score and his team to lose), is it fair for his whole team to be punished for it (i.e, lose the game)?
I believe that it is fair for the whole team to be punished when one person does something wrong in a game. When a person becomes part of a team, he or she becomes accountable for the actions the person performs because it affects the whole team. Teams are supposed to stick together no matter what. This is why people train hard to be the best they can be. When I play Ultimate Frisbee with a group of friends we split into two teams.
The two team captains typically choose the best players first, because they know they will not be let down. This is why one must train well to be the best they can be so that people will have faith in them.