Divine Comedy - The Medieval Church and Dante's Inferno Essay

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The Medieval Church and Dante's Inferno

Some people think that the medieval churches view on sin, redemption, heaven and hell was very complex, but actually the churches views were straight and to the point. I will discuss with you what sin, redemption, heaven and hell were to the medieval churches and I will also share some examples in the story that will help you better understand The Inferno and the medieval churches views.

Let's begin with sin. A sin was said to be a deliberate and purposeful violation of the will of God. "The medieval churches thought that sin was also a failure to live up to external standards of conduct and the violation of taboos, laws or moral codes" ("Christianity"). Obeying God was extremely
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Paola and Francesca were very much in love with each other; however, Francesca was married to someone else. The problem was that God did not want the two of them to be together, he did not bless their relationship because God does not bless adultery. Adultery made God very angry if it was committed. Paola and Francesca decided to stay together anyway even if God didn't approve of their relationship with one another. Their sin was considered to be the unlawful sin of love. The sin was said to be unlawful because adultery not only made God made but it was also against the law to have an affair. Even though they still had each other, they lost God because of their choice to remain together. In the end they both went to hell instead of heaven.

After a Christian had sinned that person had the opportunity to be redeemed for their sin. Redemption is actually very clear and easy to define. When a Christian sinned and wanted God's forgiveness they had to go before God, by praying to him, and ask him to cleanse them and forgive them of their sin. When God hears the person asking for forgiveness, God will answer their cry to him and cleanse them. When God cleanses a person it is almost like the sin was never committed in the first place. When God sent his son Jesus into the world he told Jesus that he would
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