Covenant Sanctions: The King James Bible (L50)

The idea of covenant sanctions is crucial to understanding the key messages of the King James Bible. There are both the positive and negative sanctions of man, and god. Man is to practice what he preaches, and what Jesus preaches. Upon either doing or not doing so, man undergoes the wrath or grace of god, as well as the wrath or grace of himself. Every decision has consequences, both of god and man. It is not enough to live inwardly holy, it must be put out into the world around man as well; should a man continue on the path of righteousness throughout his life, he should prosper after perseverance. The King James Bible is a call for righteousness and subordination, and however man decides to respond, he shall in turn be responded to as well.

Dancing With The Devil: Why This Theme Has Remained Popular Since 1587 (L30)

Having read and/or analyzed the tales of Doctor Faustus, one is left to discover how widespread a theme this story entails; and how largely applicable too. Reoccurring themes aren’t popular solely for their audience grasping abilities, but are time and time again reworded and recycled, for their core and most basic morals. In this story, the basic moral is not to dance with the devil. However, the deeper morals and themes below the surface are much more important. First of all, it is expressed that each man owns himself until that ownership is relinquished; whether that be to a corporation, another man, or in this case, a higher (or lower) being(/spirit). Secondly, if one were to completely take the religious/political aspects and remove them from this story, they would find the core of the issue. That of good and evil; the strong willed, and those easily manipulated. This theme is found in almost entirely every situation on earth; it is something the audience can relate to and either jump on board with or strongly oppose. It gives the reader or viewer a personal connection; which also links to the dilemma of self righteousness that Faustus faces. Some people put themselves on pedestals; living a life centralized around them only. Faustus was brought to this point in his own demise greatly through the “power” he felt he had received, in becoming the master of a spirit. Unfortunately, this one-man-world mentality is a common element in lives of those encountered today, and also helps build a compelling story plot. Faustus is used as an example of what human beings should be everything but.