Security In The Grand Inquisitor Essay

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Think back to your childhood. Was it one filled with happy memories? The majority of us can say yes to this question. Most of us grew up in a innocent, carefree world. Being free of adult responsibilities, we could play all day without having to deal with the issues of the adult world. Back then, we had the security of our parents. They were always there making our decisions for us. We were told when to go to bed, what to wear, and what to eat. Just like the first time we learned how to ride a bike, we knew that our parents were just a step or two behind, protecting us. Were we happier back then with less freedom and more security? Consider the life of an adult: they possess absolute control, only to be constantly stressed with the responsibility of adult decisions. This freedom of choosing our own path, does that bring happiness? Are we happier when we have more freedom, but less security? It is not freedom that is related to human happiness, but security. I believe that when humans have a prominent source in their lives that deliver a sense of security, that will undoubtedly lead to more happiness than freedom is capable of.
In The Grand Inquisitor, the conflict between freedom and security is one of the main reasons for Ivan’s dissent from Christianity. The difference between Jesus Christ’s point of view and the Grand Inquisitor’s is the value that each places on freedom and security. The way that Christ responds to the three temptations is assumed to display the importance and beauty of our ability to make decisions for ourselves. The rejection of comfort in our lives is represented by the bread. Jesus should have eaten the bread and given us freedom from hunger instead of choice. The need for faithfulness is represented by the miracle. Man needed a divine being to worship and Christ averted from becoming one. It is very easy to lose faith in something that never reveals itself. As time has passed, we can see our faith in Christ has diminished. The rejection of the security that power brings, represented by the kingdoms. Christ should have grabbed that power to persuade men to give up their freedom in a trade for security. The Grand Inquisitor concludes that because of Christ’s rejection of the three temptations, humanity has been stricken with a burden: free will.
Free will, according to the Grand Inquisitor, is an impossible burden for mankind. Christ gave human beings the ability to determine whether or not to follow him. The problem with this ideology is that most of us are too weak to be faithful. For that reason, we will unfairly be damned for all eternity. The Grand Inquisitor believes that Christ should have taken away our freedom, and instead shelter us with security. The Grand Inquisitor explains to Christ that the church is acting on what he did not, taking authority over the people‘s freedom. Mankind has placed its trust in the church in exchange for happiness and security. The church now possesses complete authority over...

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