British Lit.- “Beowulf”

Monsters who show our flaws

The English word “monster” is ultimately derived from the old French word (monster) from the Latin word monstrum which can mean portend, sign, or omen.  

The word monstrum in turn derives from the root word monere which means “warn”.  It also gives us our word “monitor” one who reminds and guides. These monsters can serve as a kind of mirror reflecting back to us important insights to the human condition.  

After knowing this, it might mean that the monsters in Beowulf could serve the purpose as the mirror of humanity. There are three main monsters in Beowulf: Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the Dragon. All three of these monsters had very different reasons for why they attacked the humans.  It was not that they were necessarily provoked but they were. The reasons they were provoked are the distinctions between humans and monsters.  The monsters brought to life a greater fear and a more significant story a bitter neighbor, angry mother filled with revenge, and a greedy person. Because they were more lethal, they were dangerous monsters.

This is when the hero walks in. The little human race.  The human race is not technically the best at anything: physically, athletically, emotionally.  But they are pretty good with their brains.  While emotions can run high with humans, they are still analytical. The only real thing the humans have on their side is determination and being proud of being human unlike hell beasts which only care about their feelings.

This brings us to Grendel.  Grendel was a hell beast who loved to sleep in his cave.  But what disturbs him was the sound of celebration in Heorot. The humans feasting and just celebrating life bothered him heavily.  It bothered him so much that he started attacking the Mead Hall and killing people.  This caused a great stir among the nations surrounding the Mead Hall.  This is when Beowulf enters in.  What the story about Grendel tells us is that sometimes humans act before they think or do not think about the consequences of their actions.  An example of this is after killing Grendel the hell beast, his mother comes to seek revenge. Beowulf was always lead by something such as fate or God etc. Beowulf was led to fight Grendel without weapons and it just so happens that Grendel is immune to weapons.  What would have been maybe just an idiotic decision for Beowulf to not use weapons ended up turning into his favor since Grendel was immune to weapons.

Now comes Grendel’s mother.  When Grendel’s arm gets ripped off by Beowulf, he runs back home and dies. Then Grendel’s mother is revenge stricken, full of grief, and angry at the puny human who killed her son.  This is odd because they are monsters.  She seeks revenge and she just wants to kill humans after Beowulf killed Grendel. This brings us to revenge.  Revenge is not the best idea in any circumstance.  It is actually always a bad idea.  Why? Because she ends up getting killed by Beowulf.  Even humans go after revenge a lot and nobody ever learns that killing the person who killed somebody close to you is never going to bring them back or make you happy.  It will not.  People who are revenge stricken are trying to fill the hole in their heart that has been left by the person who has passed.  But revenge will not fill that hole, it will probably just make the hole grow.  I speak about Grendel’s mother having a heart, which I highly doubt was the case, because she is evil and ruthless and now dead because of Beowulf.

Lastly, the greedy old dragon who lay asleep surrounded by treasure. He was not doing anything with the treasure.  He just loved being around the gold.  So, when a slave steals a golden cup, the dragon literally freaks out. He starts burning towns, killing people, going crazy for one small golden chalice. After thinking about it, he probably has another of the same chalice. When Beowulf, at the end, fights the dragon he is an old man. But, he was prideful and did not think that he needed an army and things might have turned out different for him if he had brought an army.  Nobody knows what could have been though. This time God is not on his side and he fails and dies. He gets abandoned by his companions after he was struck down.  But there is only one person who stays with him to fight.  That person is Wiglaf.  He realizes what a good king Beowulf has been and he would rather die with him then live as a coward.  Before Beowulf dies, he slays the dragon but loses his life.  A long life lived by serving his people and defeating monsters. One of the flaws they encounter with the dragon shows that man is mortal and because of man’s mortality people seek self-preservation above all else.  This is caused by the fear and anxiety of imminent death.

In conclusion, everybody has flaws. But in Beowulf we are showed the fatal flaws of everyone.  The flaws that cause the monsters doom and eventually Beowulf’s death.  Do I think that literary monsters can show us our weaknesses? Yes. I think they can and I believe we can grow and learn from it.

 

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British Lit.- “Beowulf”

Wiglaf- The Supporting Cast of Beowulf

Wiglaf enters the story when he is chosen to accompany the group that is going with Beowulf to slay the dragon.  The author really starts to separate Wiglaf from the rest by sharing more about Wiglaf’s heritage, his father’s background, and more about him personally.  The part of the story where Wiglaf was a main character shows he grows in commitment, heroism, and confidence. These are three things that Wiglaf develop throughout the dragon battle in Beowulf.

Wiglaf really only makes himself known and distinguished, besides others in the group, when defeating the dragon by his loyalty and commitment to Beowulf.  He is the only one who does not abandon him.  Everybody else including the more respected, stronger, more mature warriors all fled. It really was not the smartest thing Wiglaf could have done because he could have died.  But, he was so committed to Beowulf because of his love and respect for him, that he stayed.  Because of this, Beowulf ended up killing the dragon and they got the treasure. Wiglaf also proceeded to do all of Beowulf’s final wishes at his deathbed.  He was very committed to Beowulf and loyal  because Beowulf was very highly respected and well thought of by all the people.  Beowulf reigned for fifty years and before that he was a hero among men.  So basically Wiglaf wanted to be just like Beowulf and so did every other man, though.  He actually succeeded by gaining Beowulf’s trust and not leaving his side even when everybody else did.

Wiglaf really developed heroism during the time at the dragon battle with Beowulf.  Beowulf knew Wiglaf had the potential to be a hero because that is why he picked him. He saw some of himself in Wiglaf.  But, Wiglaf really proved that he was a hero when he did not leave Beowulf alone to die in battle.  He stayed there even though it could have meant his imminent death.  This is how heroes are made.  In the fire of battle.

Last, is confidence.  This, is what Wiglaf gained the most throughout the book.  In the whole battle with the dragon, it was only him and Beowulf.  He builds up a lot of confidence during this time.  He became more confident in himself and his abilities.  Also, he became more confident in his decision to stick by Beowulf in his time of need. He also took control of the situation after Beowulf had seen the dragon and all of their companions slowly wandered back over because they were afraid to get reprimanded for their cowardice. When they brought the treasure for Beowulf to inspect and after Beowulf dies, Wiglaf rebukes the other people in the group who fled. He takes control and sort of acts like the new leader telling them how cowardly they were and was happy that he, of all people, stood beside and helped Beowulf.

So basically he grows a lot in the heat of battle with his hero Beowulf.  His loyalty does not waver toward Beowulf.  He has now done something heroic.   Now he is confident and ready for the next battle he has to face.   

British Lit.- “Beowulf”

The Purposes of Mead Halls

A Mead Hall symbolizes hope, light and strength.  This is why everybody loved the Mead Hall.  It was like a community center. It was a place, in the middle of their village, where the king could share with his people.  Heorot from Beowulf was said to be such an amazing Mead Hall that it could be one of the Wonders of the World. That is what the king that built it hoped.

The specific purposes of a Mead Hall included feasting and drinking. They would drink mead which is a alcoholic beverage.  It is made from fermented honey and water.  It is like wine only not made with grapes but honey. The people usually celebrated the return of the king and their soldiers from battle.  This would be a cause a celebration for them and they would feast.

The Mead Hall also had a room where the king could sleep inside.  It also had a throne. This is where the ring-giver (the king) could hand out the spoils and treasure among the people after battle.

Another purpose of the Mead Hall was to share war stories from generation to generation. To share stories about the battles that have passed and how they can learn and grow from either their victories or defense. The telling of stories was also really the only entertainment they had because Mead Halls were in use so long ago.

In conclusion, everyone loved the Mead Hall!  If the Mead Hall was ornate and beautiful it would show the wealth of the kingdom.  It was also a great place for the people to gather and celebrate pretty much anything.

 

American Lit. Pre-Reading Assignment “The Scarlet Letter”

 

Why Do We Need Civil Government?

Civil government was created by God and it is essential for nations and people to prosper. Why? Because we are all sinners and we have the inclination to do evil.  The only person who can save you from the wrath of God is the God-man Christ Jesus. As Christians, we are called to be in the world but not of the world. (John 17:16-18) We are not to live our lives like normal people or everybody else.

We need civil government so people face consequences for their sin. Although, under government, people should still have the freedom to make their own choices whether they honor God or not because God has given us the choice of whether to do good and be like him or to do evil and oppose him. If we are not regenerated and are still unredeemed sinners, we will choose evil every time.  God judges the heart and every little thing.  Whereas, the civil government should only take action if it hurts another individual or impedes on their freedom. But as the Church, we are called to be set apart and be good, upright citizens because all authority is appointed by God.  Obeying civil authority is like obeying God unless it is in direct opposition with His Word. (Romans 13:1-7)

There is a way to get right with God. We need a solution because there is a problem.  So, what is our problem? It is an issue with the heart.  Our very nature opposes God. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” This means we cannot understand the full extent of our sin. We are completely helpless. But, there is a solution and his name is Jesus Christ.  Romans 5:20-21 says, “Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” If we confess our sins Christ is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and that is how we can have a eternal life because of Him. (1 John 1:9) This means that we should start to act differently because of it.

How should a Christian respond biblically to someone who is stuck in sin? The beginning of Galatians 6 talks about this exact subject saying that those who are spiritual should attempt to restore such a one in the spirit of gentleness but being careful not to be tempted also. We also are called to not be judgemental or hypocrites either. “Judge not, that you not be judged. ” (Matthew 7:1-5)

In conclusion, the purpose of civil government from a biblical perspective is to keep the peace and to have earthly consequences for sin. Also, Christians are called to be the light in the dark world by being good citizens and by submitting themselves to governing authorities who have all been appointed by God. But, the only solution to sin is to trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and to depend on Him alone. Since that is the case and the only way to get to heaven, Christians need to be grateful for their own salvation.  They also need to share the gospel and be gracious and help those who are stuck in their sin without being hateful or judgemental.

Health- Research Paper

Heart Disease

Heart disease is a broad range of diseases that affects the heart muscle, blood vessels, etc.  There are many different types of heart disease.  Heart disease is just the broad category.  Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from heart disease in the U.S. alone.  Two different types include congenital heart diseases, which run in the family, and the most common, which is coronary artery disease.  Coronary artery disease kills over 370,000 people annually.  About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States alone every year.  Which is every one in four deaths.

There are many symptoms for heart disease and some are more significant than others.  A very significant symptom is a heart arrhythmia, which can but not always means there is an underlying heart issue. The disease can cause this to happen.  Heart arrhythmias are just abnormal heart rhythms and can have other causes besides heart disease.  The causes of abnormal heart rhythms are some medications, drug abuse, diabetes, high blood pressure, excessive alcohol/caffeine, smoking and stress. Other symptoms of heart disease are heart attacks, strokes and heart failure, etc.  There are also big differences between men and women when it comes to symptoms of heart disease.  Women have less typical symptoms.  Typical symptoms would be chest pain, which is associated with heart problems.  But, women sometimes do not have this symptom.

The signs that people have heart disease are greatly varied.  Men usually have chest pain and usually have some of the risk factors such as they do not live the healthiest lifestyle and their body is in poor physical condition. Other signs for women are they do not live a healthy lifestyle and women are more likely to have signs that are unrelated to chest pain such as neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back, or abdominal discomfort.  More signs are shortness of breath, pain in one or both arms, nausea or vomiting, sweating, lightheadedness or dizziness, and unusual fatigue.  Women with heart disease usually also have some of the risk factors too.

What are the causes for heart disease?  There are many different types of heart disease so the causes are varied. The biggest difference is that some are congenital so it is nothing the person did wrong.  They just have a heart that does not function or did not develop properly. Heart disorders present at the time of birth are called Congenital Heart Disease.  Congenital Heart Disease can develop in the womb when the heart starts to develop which is one month after conception.  Other causes can be certain medicines, genes, medical conditions, and/or when a kid is growing into it adult.  About eight of every one thousand babies have such abnormalities. There is a valvular heart disease, which can be caused by infection, rheumatic fever, and connective tissue disorders, or you can just be born with it.  It can be hereditary. Also, people can get heart infections caused by parasites, viruses, and bacteria.

Cardiomyopathy is another type of heart disease.  There are three different types of Cardiomyopathy: Dilated, Hypertrophic, and Restrictive. Dilated cardiomyopathy is the most common.  What it does is it usually enlarges the left ventricle of the heart.  The cause is unknown but doctors and scientists believe that certain drugs, toxins, infections, reduced blood flow, and/or the parent can cause it.   Next, is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and is when the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick.  While it is usually hereditary, it can develop because of high blood pressure or age.  Lastly, is restrictive Cardiomyopathy.  It is the least common.  This happens when the heart becomes rigid and less elastic.  Sometimes it can happen for no reason or you can get it with certain diseases such as connective tissue disorders, if you have too much iron in your body and some cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation cause this kind of cardiomyopathy.

There is another problem to mention: Coronary Artery Disease.  This disease is caused by an injury to the inner layer of the coronary artery.  This “injury” can be caused by smoking, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  So basically, living an unhealthy lifestyle. Coronary artery disease has no cure.  It is deposits of fat or plaque in the coronary artery and causes restricted blood flow.

Cures for heart disease can be as easy as living a healthy lifestyle.  Improving your lifestyle, which is as simple as eating whole, raw foods and exercising can do a great deal for your health. This is really the best thing you can do to improve your heart health.

There are two main parts to treatment/care for heart disease.  The first is interventions.  This is more for coronary artery disease (the most common in the country).  Coronary artery disease cannot be cured just treated.  These have to take immediate action because something bad has happened such as stroke, heart attack, heart failure, etc.  If you do not get professional medical help it can go downhill fast and the person who is suffering with this may die.

There is CPR, stents, angioplasty that is a little cutting to open the blocked arteries.  There is heart bypass surgery.  It is an extensive surgery when the coronary arteries are blocked, the doctor can make a new path for blood to the heart.  Also a heart transplant is possible.  Other interventions can be for heart arrhythmias, which is usually just a sign of something else wrong but not always.  There are medications to improve that. Cardioversion and electrical cardioversion are used when drugs alone cannot fix an arrhythmia.  Also pacemakers and ICDs (implantable cardio defibrillators) are used to regulate the heart’s function and help it.

There are also different medications that people can take when they have heart disease such as blood thinners, blood pressure medication, antiarrhythmics, and aspirin, which also help with heart disease, such as heart attacks and strokes.

Current researchers have been seeking to understand the risk factors that come along with coronary artery disease.  Risk factors can be age and sex.  Men are more likely to get coronary artery disease. More factors are family history, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight or obesity, physical inactivity, and high stress.  A lot of things can cause or put you at risk for coronary artery disease.

These risk factors can lead to chest pain, heart attack, heart failure, or a heart arrhythmia. Other current research has focused on how much obesity factors into heart disease and heart failure.  It has a huge affect. While obesity hurts your entire body, it really takes a toll on your heart.  This is why people are actually concerned for obese people’s health.  Because it is really unnecessary and problematic for the wellness of a person.  Coronary artery disease is a slow process that happens over a lifetime.  But, it is the most common disease in the United States striking fifteen million people according to the American Heart Association.  It is also very expensive.  In 2010, to treat coronary artery disease cost the US 316.4 billion dollars.  Also the American Heart Association has researched strokes and deaths and they showed a decline.  Strokes have gone from No. 3 cause of death in the US to No. 5 in the US in just over five years.

Other current research involves how to prevent/treat children born with heart defects.  Finding actual causes and preventing them so it does not happen anymore. Also, treating people who already have them and curing them.

 

What is great about heart disease is the fact that it can be so preventable.  This is why it is so odd that it is the leading cause of death in the United States.  While it has been taking root in our culture and there has been a steady decline in the number of deaths from heart disease, it is still the leading cause of death and has been for over ninety years.  The reductions in deaths can come from less people smoking, more routine emergency care for heart disease and stroke, scientific breakthroughs, more laws for healthy environments, etc.  Another thing is there have been huge campaigns that have improved awareness about healthy living. A lot of these campaigns are focused on improving the health and wellness of children which is great to try and increase the normality of living a healthy lifestyle and making it a habit in the next generation.

In conclusion, while heart disease is a very life-threatening illness being the top cause of death in the United States, there is still hope because it is slowly and steadily declining.  It is easier than you would think to prevent heart disease.  Lifestyle is key and it is great because almost everyone in the US is aware.

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British Literature – Frankenstein

Was Frankenstein Wrong to Find a Solution to Death?

 

Everybody knows after reading the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley that Frankenstein was not in the best state of mind when creating the monster.  Even though his ideas were disgusting, vile and should not be repeated, the problem he was trying to solve was the problem of death.  Was it the right thing to do?  Even though the way he went about it was wrong, is there a right way? Or, should we even try and find a solution to death? This all depends on your view of the afterlife and if death is really necessary.

This brings us to the question, is death necessary? Nobody wants to die.  Most are scared of it and almost everyone in history either has died or will die.  Death really is necessary according to various religions and worldviews.  Like in monotheistic religions, there is usually an afterlife that believers of that religion think they will go to after they die.  Or, more eastern religions believe that you will be reincarnated into something better if you were a good person. So, according to religions, death really is necessary to receive a better life in the afterlife.  For example, in the Christian religion people who believe in Christ go to heaven where there is no more pain, suffering, sadness, etc. Instead, most people are scared of death.  Probably because they are scared of the unknown or maybe fearful that not everybody goes to a “better place”.  Then, there are other people such as atheists who do not believe in the existence of God or an afterlife.  They believe that the only life they are going to live is here and now.  So they should live the longest, best life.  Since death is the only way to the “afterlife”, should we go to the extremes to try and extend life forever?

In the course of the book Frankenstein, people would think Frankenstein had good intentions and then they became more disgusted by the minute.  His mother died and then he becomes obsessed.  He is trying to create life probably to bring his mother back in the future.  This is because he had not dealt with the grief of losing his mother  properly and gone through the different stages of grief.  He was trying to take away his problem of losing his mother by trying to create life and bring her back.   Then he found a way to create life.  He wanted to make a creature out of body parts from slaughterhouses and corpses from graveyards to make a giant creature out of nothing.  When you put it this way, Frankenstein’s means and methods were very complicated and when he finished his creation he found it grotesque in appearance and hated it.  Although, the experiment was successful and he had created life, he was not happy with his creation.  This brought him to a lowly mental state and the rest of his life was not of the best quality even though he had a great family and friends.  He basically took it all away trying to make the discovery and then trying to correct his mistakes.

This brings up the question of how does this affect us? Are we actually doing this? Not in the sense that we are digging up the bodies and trying to make more humans out of them.  But, people do leave their brains and bodies to science and donate their organs to try and help other people.  If their organs were good just think that somebody who had died gave their lungs, heart, or kidneys to a living person and that extended the living person’s life because of that person’s organ donations. I believe organ donations are good because they can extend a person’s life and give them a better quality of life.  Blood transfusions are another great thing.  According to the Bible, the life of a man is in the blood.  So,  placing somebody’s blood into another person’s veins is good for people who cannot either make their own blood or need more blood to have their life better   Although, with all this medical research comes great responsibility.  Medical procedures that are not beneficial for the human life like ending the life of a child in the womb, is not good.  Scientific discoveries and medicine is supposed to make life last longer or restore it but abortion does not do either of those.  Things like that actually ends lives.  This reminds me of when Frankenstein left his monster and everybody saw the monster and thought he was hideous.  The monster said “When I looked around I saw none and heard of none like.  Was I, then, a monster a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?”  Lastly,  is cloning.  Cloning is wrong.  You should not clone one person to get exactly the same thing.  So then you have two of the same people.  Although there is that same thing with identical twins but that was created by God naturally. I do not think that we should try and copy it by cloning.  Cloning is wrong because a clone would just be a copy and a copy is nowhere near the same value as the original and that would be a disservice to the clone to be a reproduction. I believe that studying this is just taking time away to solve another more important problem.

Although the way Frankenstein went about trying to create life and sustain it by making a monster out of body parts was definitely the wrong way.  I do think that we should try to extend the life of people.  Even though we cannot fully extend life because there is God’s will and a time for everybody to die, we can help ensure that quality life for everybody on earth is better.

British Literature – Frankenstein

The Monster Humanity Never Gave a Chance

The Gothic and Romantic novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a great book and a classic.  There have been hundreds upon hundreds of essays written on different topics in Frankenstein from Romanticism to Gothic, Science and the characters of both Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created. I found an essay called The All Too Human Monster: Examining Sympathy For Frankenstein’s Creation. This essay talks about the sympathy the monster never receives from anybody in the book.  But, yet somehow he grasps the heart of the reader through the detailed story of Victor Frankenstein and his creature.

I agree with pretty much all of the essay and I very much enjoyed it.  The amount of quotes in the essay help the reader understand that this is actually what happens in the book.  It focuses on sympathy that the reader feels towards the monster although he is very ugly and rough around the edges.  He really tried to be virtuous and a good person but he was only judged by his appearance. The monster says, “I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.”  Humanity hated him and he did not have a fair shot.

The essay does show more of the pain of the monster through the various quotes from the book telling of the monster’s times at the DeLacey’s.  Also of the small favor that he wanted from Frankenstein which was a female companion so that he would not be utterly isolated.  He could be separated from humanity with another like him.  It talks about the creature trying to be virtuous.  Trying to help people like saving the life of the little girl and yet was met with bullets.  The monster did some very bad things as it says in the essay “The monster is certainly not blameless. ” He had his numerous crimes.  He killed William, Clerval, and Elizabeth.  People who were very close to Frankenstein.  His brother, best friend, and wife.  So, Frankenstein was very biased but then he was the one who had abandoned the monster in the first place.  He brought him to life, saw his ugliness and fled.

The monster gains the reader’s sympathy from the beginning because he is isolated.  He is disfigured and nobody can stand the sight of him.  This is funny because the only pleasant, semi-normal conversation he had was with a blind man, Mr. DeLacey.  But then when he was talking to Mr. DeLacey his son, Felix, walks in and attacked him with a stick.  Still, he tried to be virtuous and tried to live the life of a normal human being but people could not get over his appearance.  He could have torn Felix apart but he did not.

When the monster first saw his own reflection, he was filled with “the bitterest sensations of the despondence and mortification”.  He was abhorred at his appearance and shunned by humanity.  The only person he had a connection with was his creator.  The creator who abandoned him and cut him off.  After killing Elizabeth, the monster leads Frankenstein on a wild goose chase to the Arctic because without revenge he was nothing.  He had no one or nothing which is why he had to keep the chase going because even hate and revenge were better than nothing.

By the end of the book the monster thinks that since nobody can think he could be virtuous or that he was not a monster, he should just become the monster everybody thought he was.  After Frankenstein dies all that the monster has to live for is over.  In the Arctic, he says to Walton that he is going to go and burn himself alive so that nobody tries to do another experiment like him again.

Overall, I enjoyed the essay. I feel it really brought to light a sympathy for the monster that you would not think to have.  This essay had the book Frankenstein at the forefront.  There were loads of quotes and I thought it was well written.  It was easy to read and understand.  It followed the normal grammar guidelines and was very interesting and detailed.

Here is a link to the essay:

 

http://www.essaybyexample.com/free-essay-samples/essay-Shelley-Frankenstein.php

 

British Literature – Frankenstein

Romanticism Versus The Bible

Romanticism and the Bible take different views on most things, the condition human heart included.  Romanticism says the human heart is good and that a human heart would not do bad things unless society interferes.  Whereas, the Bible states that the cause of bad things in society is the sinful human heart.  Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.”  The romantic view does not only differ with the Bible on this but four other main points of difference are the human heart, society, nature, and emotions.

First, is the human heart, and is man actually good? No, according to the Bible.  The Bible states in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?” This verse is very self-explanatory in that the heart is evil and people cannot know the extent of their sin. The Bible says that we are all born into sin and that we are inherently sinful.  This means man is wicked by default because of our sin nature. But, is that fair?  Of course it is fair because God is just and everyone has sinned.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Also, is man responsible for his actions because God is sovereign?  Man is responsible for his actions because we have free will and we do what we want all inside of God’s will.  Should somebody be able to act out in sin if something bad happens to them in their childhood?  No.  It does not give them the excuse to do wrong because somebody has wronged them (1 Peter 3:9).  But, we do sin and that is nobody’s fault but our own because of man’s nature and sinfulness.  Everything in the world is broken and dies. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romanticism claims that man is naturally good but when, or if, a man does something bad society is to blame.  It is not right to blame society because society is not bad in and of itself.  What is society made up of?  People.  People make up society. It is wrong to blame something for your problem.  It is not society to blame but people.  True. Some people have a society that makes it hard to do the right thing or to be successful. But, again people founded that society.

Next, nature is very prominent in Romanticism because the Romanticist believes that nature rejuvenates the soul and actually physically restores somebody’s health. They say that being in nature increases emotions such as happiness, joy, and peace which are ultimately found in God alone according to the Bible since those are the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).  But, it is clear that nature does not restore some people because they do not like nature in the least.  It actually stresses them out.

The last thing they differ on is emotion. The Romantic relies on emotions to feel complete like happy, sad, or even angry. Like a romantic novel that are less focused on the scenery and more on the way the words sound and feel when you read them. Whereas, in the Bible we are not supposed to be sign seekers or rely on emotion. If you get moved during the church service to run around because the Holy Spirit told you to, let me tell you, it was not the Holy Spirit.  Gathering on Sundays and gathering with believers is to encourage you but it is not about you or how you feel after.  It is to worship the Lord.  You sing songs because He tells us to sing songs.  We listen to the Word being preached because He tells us to.  The only thing we are supposed to test  the Word in the light of Scripture (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

Romanticism and the Bible differ on various key views but this does not mean that we should totally hate Romanticism.  The occasional romantic novel is good from time to time.  But, we should not excuse somebody’s actions because someone did something wrong and then blame it on society or some other experience that happened to them.  But without faith in God it is impossible for man to do good. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

 

Liebster Award

Thank you to Rebecca from The Studies of a Classical Violinist for nominating me! I’m super excited about this!

Facts about me:

  1.  My favorite color is gray!
  2.  I crochet!
  3. My three favorite TV shows are Doctor Who, Psych, and Sherlock.
  4. I love to travel.
  5. I have a little brother and a older half-sister.
  6. I love fashion and makeup.
  7. I love summer!(no school, lots of traveling, and the beach)
  8. I like going to the movies!
  9. I draw a lot.
  10. I don’t like camping at all!
  11. I don’t like reading books. (I love audiobooks!!)

Answering questions:

  1. What is your favorite flavor ice cream?  I love all ice cream!  But my favorite is probably Mint n Chip.
  2. What is your favorite name? I don’t know.  I haven’t really thought about it!
  3. Hunger Games or Mockingjay?  To be honest, my favorite movie was Catching Fire.  None of the others compare.
  4. What is your favorite subject in school? Why? Art. Because it stresses me out the least. My second would be English (Lit.).
  5. Read a book or watch a movie? Watch a movie.
  6. What does your dream home look like? It has lots of windows, big enough to have people over, and like a lot of Pinterest boards.
  7. If you have a pet what is its name? We have two dogs ones name is Miley and the other Panda.
  8. Indoors or Outdoors? I like going places! But, indoors.
  9. Have you ever had a big party before? If so, what was it for? I have never had a big party before.
  10. What skills do you have? I can cook and bake. I can sew, knit, and crochet.  I do BJJ. That’s basically it!
  11. Do you enjoy the Ron Paul Curriculum?  Yes I like it.

My nominees:

LOL! I don’t have any because don’t follow that many people’s blogs.

British Lit. “The Screwtape Letters”

My Dear Uncle Screwtape,

In regards to my patient, you said a couple letters ago that if my patient has fallen in love, it is not necessarily favorable either way.   That is still true, right? Oh well, it doesn’t matter.  Did you hear about the war? Should I try to get my patient to go to war and make his life so difficult with the people closest to him dying?  Or, what if he died in battle?  Would that be good?  But, would he still be in the clutches of the Enemy?  I have made up my mind. I will send the patient off to war. This will make him scared and only fend for himself.  Hopefully, this will cause him to not do his job and run away.  It will leave him alive, full of regret, and a failure to his friends and family.

Another annoying thing I feel is The Enemy helping the patient quite a lot and my attacks are not working. I am starting to feel restless so I try to force him into any temptation possible.  I think now especially since he thinks it is time to settle down and get married. I will force this one on him: sexual temptation.   Is that a destructive one? I think that would be easier than having him lose his mind or become a serial killer.  I have been trying to get him to fall in love with pretty much any girl around.  Should I try to get him to go after different women all the time or just focus on one woman? I think the latter because of the patient’s bad decision.  That horrible girl.  

Next, I was thinking if I was to bombard my patient with a certain sin all the time and if I were to catch him, that would be great.  At the same time, launching a different attack so that he will be overwhelmed by all his sins and get angry at The Enemy for putting him through all of this and just trying to get him to turn away from The Enemy and turn to us. To try and make him blame The Enemy for all the things that he is suffering through and all the things that get to him.

Is it better to have my patient in the same routine or have what he does be sporadic?  What is better? Should I try to make him angry when people interrupt him? It does not work much.  I will try to put in his mind the thought of himself as the owner of all that is his.  His body, his time, his thoughts, etc.  Even though it is not his. Or is this a waste of time? Should I just make him anxious about the war and the girl?

As I mentioned before in the letter, the patient has unfortunately fallen in love. But, I do know that  you will not approve of her because she is exactly the kind of person that you would hate.  I was right when you wrote back saying this about her and I agree, “The little brute. She makes me vomit.” This is why I did not want you to know about her even though you would have figured it out anyway.   How should I try to make the patient steer clear of her, her family, and her house?  Should I try to make him think himself a lower class or different from them?  I know because I have looked her up.  The sin that she falls into the most would be spiritual pride.  Because she was born and raised in the hands of The Enemy.  She occasionally feels that she is a higher breed of animal because her family and friends are strong in their so called “faith” and “love” for The Enemy.  All demons know what they mean by love cannot possibly be true.  Now I do not know what to do? The patient has been going to the girl’s house a lot.  Do not go off at me in your next letter.  But, the patient loves it there.  I know it is horrible!  Her family’s house is weird.  It is disgusting and repulsive and it smells absolutely dreadful.   

I am very upset that my patient keeps going there to hang out with all of the girl’s Christian friends and Christian family.  The aggravating thing is that these Christians are smart.  They are not stupid Christians.  This company he is keeping is certainly drawing him closer to The Enemy.   I am sad that I have to get advice from you.  But, at this point in my career I am failing, so, I need your help! I can not believe I have to take advice from my horrible uncle.  Do you know I think I am failing because I am getting bad instructions from the person that is helping me.  I also wish I had a different patient maybe one that hates The Enemy like us.

Oh, why could I not have gotten you arrested! I hate you! Then you have the nerve to send me that little booklet. Seriously, a booklet  for the new House of Correction for Incompetent Tempters?  Is this a joke? How dare you! I am going to be successful. I have just gotten off track. I will be fine, right? Do not answer that.  You know when you had to have Toadpipe finish your letter because you turned into a huge centipede?  That brought screams to my ears, utter disgust in my heart, and an evil grin on my face!  I really hope you feel better Uncle Screwtape.  I am deeply sorry for your incapability to control your temper and appearance.  I cannot wait to see what you turn into next time I see you in person.  

Your Insolent and Furious Nephew,

Wormwood