Sunday, November 4, 2012

Paradise Lost

I am currently working on a project for school with the epic "Paradise Lost". It is very chilling, and might I dare to say creepy. (Emphasis mine)

"To do aught good never will be our task,
But ever to do ill our ole delight,
As being contrary to his high will
Whom we resist. If then his providence
Out of our evil seek to bring forth good,
Our labor must pervert that end,
And out of good still to find means of evil" 
(lines 159-65)


"Consult how we may henceforth most offend 
Our Enemy, our own loss how repair,
How overcome this dire calamity,
What re-inforcement we may gain from hope;
If not, what resolution from despair. 
(lines 187-91)

Some reflections: this is scary! The devil knows he can't win; he knows God has won; he knows he has now chance to get back into heaven. He turns to hate, the greatest weapon evil has.

Hate is the opposite, or the absence if you will, of love; God is love, hate is the absence of God. It is completely opposed to God. 

Satan knows this. 

He decides that he will be powered by his own despair at his loss, and use his hatred. Against whom? Well, God if course, but he can't win against Him. But how can he try to even use this hatred?

By bringing it to us! Hatred = Absence of God. He is out to get us. 

How can we fight him? For the ten second answer:


"Who is she, that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the Sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?"

Such are the words of Satan. She is our greatest hope for salvation.

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