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Is the World of “Beowulf” More Christian than America Today?

Every person and every age has its own understanding of the relationship between good and evil. America is known as the great “melting pot,” indicating the infusion and assimilation of many people and ideas from the entire world into one country. This has led to the diversity and breadth of beliefs that can be seen in America today, most of them unbiblical. Writing in a likely unchristianized Britain in the late first century, the “Beowulf” poet, seemingly as a Christian, held a view of good and evil that was probably not typical of the time. Although his view may not have been typical of the age, the “Beowulf” poet’s view of good and evil is more Biblical than that of American culture today.

To understand where the poet and the culture aligned with and have strayed from the truth of the relationship between good and evil, a study of truth itself would be in order. The Bible repeatedly states that God and God alone is perfect – every aspect of His nature is wholly and utterly good. This means that anything contrary to His nature is not good, for it is not God. Humanity cannot hope to meet God’s standards. As Romans 3:10 states, “No one is righteous, no not one.” Humanity is fallen and incapable of doing any good, and when life is over, God will judge our lives and we will see that our supposed “good deeds” are as filthy rags in His sight and really worth nothing at all. Only by salvation through His Son may we escape eternal judgment. As C. S. Lewis once said, “No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights.” Such is the standard that humanity can never attain – if our good deeds are as rags, what must our wicked deeds be in His eyes?

The culture has many points of view on the relationship between good and evil – as many, it seems, as there are people who make up the culture. However, there are some predominant themes that seem to rule American culture as a whole. In a relativistic society, there is no true meaning to the word good, as there is no meaning to the word evil. Good seems to mean something that helps others, promotes popular causes, or supports popular ideologies. In America today, it seems to be very hard to do anything evil at all. The end justifies the means in our world – if the end result was “good”, it doesn’t matter how one gets there. This belief is reflected widely across our culture though the various forms of entertainment, specifically mass entertainment. As long as one doesn’t hurt another in the process, it never was really bad in the first place. However, as askew as America is today, it is not completely off the mark. A corrupt politician exploiting the citizens of his district for financial gain and power plays is universally disdained. Nothing is more despised than one who hurts another for his own personal benefit. An overwhelmingly large percentage of Americans believe in some kind of eternal reward, but the popular conception of heaven is not quite the paradise as described in the Bible. “As long as I’m not terribly bad, or at least more good then bad, God wouldn’t send me to Hell,” they say. Yes, the culture does acknowledge Hell, but they reserve it almost exclusively for the Hitlers and Stalins of this world. As can be seen, the culture has strayed dramatically from the Biblical view of good and evil and is not likely to return anytime soon.

The “Beowulf” poet had a view that is more similar to the Bible’s as compared to that of the culture’s perspective. “Beowulf” does not deal so much with goodness as much as the evil that dwells within this world. Within humanity, the poet frequently calls people “good” when referring to their physical or behavioral characteristics. People that are “good” within the poet’s story are those that are strong and powerful or good to others, most notably those who are unselfish, self-sacrificing, and generous. The poet also acknowledges that God is both sovereign and powerful as well as good on many occasions. The poet also has a very well-defined view of evil as well. The list may seem rather similar to the culture’s list: murder, cruelty, and other things that seem to unjustly hurt others. Then a surprising addition pops up. According to the poet, striving against God is a terrible evil (lines 106 – 114) and condemns worship of idols, calling Satan “the killer of souls.” Regarding eternity, God is the judge of the deeds of mankind, says the poet (lines 180 – 188), but we are left to guess whether or not the God of the poet’s world is as just as the God of the Bible or if it rather like the wishy-washy god of the culture.

God alone is the standard of perfection and the judge of all things. While the culture takes an elastic stance on the issue, the Biblical standard of good and evil is inflexible and unyielding. “Beowulf” falls somewhere in between The “Beowulf” poet seems rather undecided – sometimes mirroring the Bible and other times mimicking modern culture – and eventually lands with view of good and evil that is markedly more Biblical than that of American culture today.


The Day after the Election – A True/False Quiz

This is very much preaching to myself. It is so easy to get wrapped up in post-election depression, but this really puts things in perspective. My aunt sent this to me and it was a convicting read.

1. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, Jesus will still be King.
2. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, our responsibilities as Christians will not have changed one iota.
3. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the greatest agent for social change in America will still be winning the hearts and minds of men and women through the gospel, not legislation.
4. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, my primary citizenship will still be in this order: (1) the Kingdom of God, (2) America, not vice-versa.
5. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the tomb will still be empty.
6. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the cross, not the government, will still be our salvation.
7. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, our children will still be more concerned with whether or not we spend time with them than with who is President.
8. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, my neighbor will still be my neighbor, and loving him/her will still be the second greatest commandment. (Do you know the first?)
9. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the only way to see abortion ultimately overturned will still be winning men and women to a high view of life through the gospel of Christ.
10. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, the only way to see gay marriage ultimately defeated will still be winning men and women to a biblical view of marriage through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
11. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, my retirement will still not match my treasure in Heaven.
12. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, “Jesus Is Lord” will still be the greatest truth in the universe.
13. True/False: The day after the election, regardless of who wins, we will still know that God is in control.


I know that, at least for me, I have a bit of a mindset change to go through!

Also, I just want to thank everyone who posts/reads this blog regularly – I really appreciate your comments and support! I know that it can be hard to set aside time to listen to what a teenager has to say, but I certainly appreciate it nonetheless!


Thought-Provoking

Here’s something from my Uncle’s blog.

Have you ever stretched a personal story about yourself like the story about the 25 lb bass you caught in your backyard pond? Wink . . . Wink . . . What about the time you spent in ‘Nam fighting the reds? If you have told stories that weren’t true like these, you are a poser. A poser is a person who stretches personal stories beyond their truthful limits. If we are honest, most of us would say that we have all been posers at one time or another and some of us more often than others.One of the greatest temptations for most men in particular is to take on the poser posture. Posers are people who pretend to be something other than what they are. A couple of years ago, in the book “Wild at Heart”, author John Eldredge wrote about the most prolific posers of all – little league dads. Here in the US, little league is sort of the apex of youth sports and anyone who has been around that environment knows that this sport is a breeding ground for posers. On a typical day of little league, the dads get together and tell war stories of their own days in youth baseball and share grand details of all of their great baseball accomplishments. It is easy to be a poser in this sort of situation, because there is no one there to really check into official stat books.But there is no doubt who the biggest poser of all these days. It is none other than Barack Obama. We know he is because we have official stat books to demonstrate this. The official stat books that I am referring to are the national polls. Stories have been coming out over the last several days that Obama has already been measuring the White House for the new drapes that he is planning to install. He and his faithful have continually been declaring that he is going to win in a landslide. Pelosi and Reid have been proclaiming that the House and Senate are going to give the democratic president a super majority. Yet, there is one great problem with this interesting assertion; the polls don’t bear out their collective predictions of a landslide. To the contrary, the latest Zogby poll shows that Obama only has a two point lead with only two weeks left. What is most striking about all of this is that this lead has been literally shrinking by the day.During the last election, when John Kerry was down by a similar margin, the media proclaimed that Kerry was a great finisher and that he had never been defeated and projected a great sense of hope that Kerry could take the White House. So why would the media treat the election one way when a democrat is in the lead and a different way when a democrat is behind? Because the media is in the tank for the Democratic Party. The major media outlets are nothing less than free advertising for the democratic campaign. The left owns every major television media company except Fox . . . yet here’s the amazing fact: Obama’s lead is slipping at an alarming rate and he is in serious trouble as a result. The media, rather than trumpeting this obvious trend, is doing all it can to demoralize the conservative majority of America and prop up the leftists within its ranks.So why is Obama slipping so quickly? Last week, while on a photo op going house to house, he stopped by Joe the plumber’s place. Joe asked him what he was going to do to relieve his tax burden. Obama said that he was going to spread the wealth around. This was a slip of extreme proportions as Americans roundly hate socialism. Democrats can talk about soaking the rich and making them pay their fair share, but when you use the any phrase resembling some sort of redistribution of wealth, you are skating on thin ice. Since this visit by the democratic nominee, the media has done their best to destroy “Joe,” a man who simply had the guts to ask Obama a question that the “presumptive” president answered all too honestly.So let me ask you? When was the last time that you heard that a race that was only separated by two percentage points with seven percent undecided was a blowout in the making? The real truth is that this election could end up being one of the closest in history, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the mainstream media. There is no doubt that we are being made subject to the intellectually deficient left-wing media propaganda machine.If you are a conservative, be encouraged and don’t let the media demoralize you because our guy isn’t a poser, and because of this, we’ve got a good shot at taking this one home.