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When Tragedies Strike

When Tragedies Strike

        Tragedy happens around us all the time. When it happens to us, we are devastated. We have to learn how to grow from our troubles. The only way for us to get through tragedies is to turn to the Lord.

        In our culture today, when tragedy strikes, people do not cope well. This is because we tend to only see what is going on at that moment. We must learn to take what is happening to us, or to the people around us, and use it in the future. This is how we learn from the tragedies. The main thing tragedies teach us is how to cope with the things going on around us. The problem with our culture is that they do not know how to cope properly. They do not know how to turn to the Lord for help. This is why our culture seems so hopeless when problems come. If they would only realize where the relief from their pain really is, they would not be so hopeless.    Our culture also does not realize how tragedy is sometimes directly related to something that was done. America has gotten so far away from God. Our country is no longer “one nation under God.” People in America support abortion and gay marriage. These are things that God is against; therefore, we should be against them too. Because of these downfalls, we are punished. Tragedies come because of things that we as a nation have done. I believe that things that happen in our culture are allowed by God so we will turn to Him. After 9/11, churches were filled, and people wanted answers. God wants us to turn to Him. He is trying to draw our attention. We must learn that He wants us to turn to Him for the answers. This is how our culture must cope when tragedy strikes.

        In Julius Caesar, the characters brought tragedy onto themselves. The characters killed Caesar and made things complicated for themselves. They did not deal with these things very well. Even Caesar himself brought forth the tragedy of his own death. Because he was ambitious, he was murdered. This is believed to be Caesar’s punishment. Although, through all of this, I do not believe that the characters learned anything. We, however, can learn from the mistakes made in this book. For example, killing is rarely the answer, and it will get a person into trouble. We should not take this kind of thing into our own hands unless we are commanded by God because it will always end tragically. The punishment for the murder of Caesar was ultimately death. We can see the cause and effect directly here. The characters brought this tragedy of death onto themselves.

         The Bible shows us examples of how to handle tragedy. The story of Adam and Eve is probably the most well-known story of cause and effect. When they sinned, the punishment was that sin and suffering were brought into the world. Tragedies should teach us to praise the Lord through everything. Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (New Living Translation). This verse tells us that God is always in control. If we trust in Him, everything will work out for the best. This is true in tragedies as well.  We must take heart because the Lord will lead us through. The Lord will not forsake us in our time of need. We can learn to turn to the Lord in the midst of our tragedies. The Bible shows us how to get through tragedies with the help of the Lord.

         We cannot avoid tragedies. Whether the tragedy is happening directly to us, or to someone around us, tragedies strike all the time. The only way to get through the tragedies is to go to the Lord. He will lead us through.

 

New International Version. Michigan: Zondervan, 1984. Print.

SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Julius Caesar.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2007. Web. 6 Dec. 2012.

 

One Life for a Country

Is one individual’s life worth sacrificing, through a murder, for the good of the country?

I believe that if a person is truly called by God to do so, then it is ok. The Lord has a plan for everything and this means that if someone is in authority, even if they are doing bad things, and the Lord wants them there, they need to stay. We must trust in the Lord instead of leaning on our own understanding. We cannot see the big picture of what the Lord is going to accomplish. So, if it is in the Lord’s plan for that person to be murdered, then so be it, but if it is not, he must remain alive. We also must take into account that a murder is an unjust killing. This means if the leader is murdering others, then he should be killed, but a murder is an unjust killing. The killing of someone who is killing others is justice, not murder. Of course, murder, if it is called by the Lord, it is not unjust. I believe that it all goes back to what God’s plan is. 

Justice and Equality: What a pair!

How do justice and equality relate? People in today’s culture are confused about how these two are relevant to each other. In the book, Unaborted Socrates, Socrates has different ideas about how justice and equality are connected. Ultimately, the Bible tells us the answer to how justice and equality relate.

The Bible states that we are to do what is righteous and just. We know this because we are to follow after the Lord and be like Him. He is the only one who is righteous and just. Psalm 119:121 states, “I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors.” (NIV) Our culture believes that justice is important in some areas, but not all areas. Society thinks that justice is expected if someone shoots and kills someone else. Our culture, tragically, does not stand up for the rights of the unborn child. There is no justice for them. Socrates, in the book Unaborted Socrates, believes, like Christians, that justice should be served to unborn babies. It is the murder of an innocent person; therefore, justice is to be served. These examples prove that our culture is confused about justice. God is the only one who is holy and just. We can only be just if we follow Him.

 The Bible says that we are all equal in God’s eyes. God does not view any Christians different than another Christian. Galatians 3:28 tells us, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) Our society does not see equality the same way that God does. Our culture desires to make everyone the same. They want us to believe that genders do not matter. We are told that women can do anything that men can and vise-versa. Socrates, in this book, does not seem to believe this. He believes that we should stay true to ourselves. The bottom line is we are all sinners, and we all need a Savior. Jesus is the only one who can save any of us, and that makes us equal.

The Bible shows us that justice and equality are knit together. God sees one Christian no different than he sees another. We are all bound in Christ. Also, we are all sinners who need a Savior. Socrates says that we need justice, and not equality. He does not understand the concept of being knit together in the Lord because he does not believe in the Lord.  Our culture believes that they are knit together, but not for the same reasons as Christians. People believe that we are to serve justice for our own good. Also, they believe that we are to all be equal so there are no differences between men and women. Romans 3:23 tells us that we have all sinned, therefore, we alone cannot be just. We need Jesus to be just for us. He is the only one who is truly just. The Bible tells us that we are all bound in Jesus and this shows us how justice and equality are knit together.

The Lord wants us to turn to Him for the answers. The world and the people in it will always fail us, but the Lord never will. We can find our answers in Him. When we want answers about what the Bible says regarding justice and equality, we must turn to the Bible itself.

New International Version. Michigan: Zondervan, 1984. Print.

Kreeft, Peter. The Unaborted Socrates. Illinois. InterVarsity Press: 1983, Print.

“Safe and Legal”

People have justified abortion as safe and legal in our culture by saying it is not a human being you are killing. Our culture believes that it is just a blob of tissue that you are removing. The people in our culture believes that the only life that matters is the mothers. People do not want the mother to be uncomfortable with an unwanted pregnancy, so they are willing to kill a child. This is the sad reality that we live in today. They, however, do not believe that this human being is a child. They only believe it is a blob of tissue. 

Defining Morality

Defining Morality

Dictionary.com defines morality as “conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct.” If you talked to someone on the street, you might get a different answer to the question of “what is morality.” Socrates’ in the book The Best Things in Life believes that morality is all about getting to the good end. This, however, is not true morality, and neither are the things that our culture believes. So, what is true morality?

In the book The Best Things in Life, we see that Socrates believes the good life is all about getting to the good end. This shows us how Socrates approaches morality. He believes that the pleasures we have in life are not necessarily always good. He believes that many of the pleasures we have in this life are just a means to the end. We cannot treat the means to the end as the actual good end.  Things like having money, going to school, and owning a house are all simply means to the end. This approach fails in conveying true morality because it doesn’t involve God, who, really, is the only point in life. Nevertheless, using good things to get to the good end is, according to Socrates, what it means  to have a good life.

Our culture believes that the pleasures we have in this world are all that matters in life. People today mainly care about having money and having lots of pointless things. This is what our culture believes about morality, and this is not what life is meant to be about. It fails in conveying morality because we are not meant to be pointless wanderers who are constantly searching for something that will not fill us up. We must seek the Lord in all we do. This picture of morality looks a bit like Socrates’ picture. This fails in conveying true morality because people are trying to find their pleasure in something that will not last. They try to live their lives without God. Some people even waste their lives trying to become famous.  This is why some people in our culture are hopelessly lost. These people do not think that having a relationship with God is worth anything in life. Because our culture believes that pleasures are the meaning of life, our culture is extremely lost.

Christians know all that matters in life is having a relationship with God and sharing the gospel. We know that pleasures will not last us. This proves that Socrates approach falls short of conveying true morality because it does not include Jesus. Since this is all that matters in life, morality does not truly exist without God. All of these things will fade away in heaven. Matthew 6:19-21 states, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” The Lord is all we need in life, and we are called to live for Him. We must trust in the Lord and not lean on our own understanding in this world. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” We, as Christians understand that we must trust in the Lord and live for Him. This is the only thing that truly matters in life.

True morality, I have determined, is living for Christ and following the Bible. Socrates fails in determining this because he never includes Christ. The dictionary might be able to define morality, but true morality can only come from living a life for the Lord.

 

Kreeft, Peter. Best Things in Life. Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1984. Print.

New International Version. Zondervan, gen. ed. Michigan: Zondervan, 2006.

God is the Greatest Good

God is the Greatest Good

 

The greatest good is God; however, our culture tends to believe that good, in general, is only not doing bad things. If you refrain from doing bad things, then you must be good. Christians know the only good in this world is Jesus. Nothing else is good. Our culture believes that the greatest good is going above and beyond normal and doing something for someone else. In reality, though, the greatest good is found in the Lord. It cannot be found anywhere else because we live in an imperfect world. The only good comes from the Lord, because He is all good. 

Comparing Worlds

The world in the first play is not like our own at all. The people are like animals. They kill and seek revenge and then make no big deal out of it. The people in today’s world are at least civilized. Of course, we do see some people in this world who murder and some others who seek revenge persistently, but for the most part the people in our world today do not act like this. People in today’s society also do not have a connection with fake gods like we see in Orestia. Our world is better than the world Aeschylus shows us in this play.