The Inferno And The True Nature Of God

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Abandon Hope All Ye Who Read Here“When the Devil goes ice-skating”, “When Hell freezes over”, and “Cold day in Hell” We usually say these idioms when talking about an unlikely event that will never happen because most imagery of Hell is depicted as fiery and hot. Ironically, in Dante Alighieri's The Inferno the ninth circle of Hell is composed entirely of ice and human bodies and with the ninth circle being ice, the nature of God becomes distorted in a way that must be looked at carefully because Dante's God has many flaws that go against the very beliefs of many Christians. Moreover, is the fact that Dante writes to prove the Christian beliefs and demonstrate a better description of the true nature of Hell and God. Unfortunately, all Dante really does is create a God who contradicts one of his three powers (Divine Justice, Omnipotence, and Love) no matter what the scenario is. Thus, the true nature of God is constantly changing, depending on which power is neglected through Dante’s contradictory statements and Christian beliefs.If we look at God from a traditional Christian view, He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. Thus, God knows all because He is everywhere and can do whatever He feels fit by being all-powerful. He is also viewed as caring, loving, and gives up Jesus Christ, His only Son, so that humanities sins would be cleansed and given a chance for salvation. The Devil however, is viewed as the root of temptation, whether it is from influencing Eve into taking a bite of the fruit or from trying to tempt Jesus by offering him absolute power. On the other hand, it is believed that God is unable to do evil or cause it, but is well capable of destroying it such as Noah and the flooding of the Earth. This leads one to wonder since God never seems to destroy Satan and temptation, whether he is omnipotent or even worse doesn't care.Now with the Inferno’s view on the nature of God, the first thing one notices is the circles of Hell. Within each circle is a punishment based on the severity of one’s sins. The circles closest to the Gates of Hell are for those who have forgotten God’s love but not to the extent of when Satan betrayed God’s love. Moreover, Dante writes that within each circle there are lesser punishments for lesser crimes showing that God is caring by making different circles in Hell and believes that “a soul’s sin on Earth and the punishment he or she receives in Hell” (Garner and Phillips) should be equivalent. Dante also establishes God’s omnipotence in Canto 3 by stating“Sacred justice moved my architect.I was raised here by divine omnipotence,primordial love and ultimate intellect.Only those elements time cannot wearwere made before me, and beyond time I stand.Abandon hope all ye who enter here.”(1-9) on the entrance gates of Hell, telling us that God “was moved [into creating] Hell by justice” (Gardner and Phillips), and...

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