Soren Kierkegaard on God

1772 WordsJan 27, 20187 Pages
Kierkegaard claims that, "Infinite resignation is the last stage before faith, so anyone who has not made this movement does not have faith, for only in infinite resignation does an individual become conscious of his eternal validity, and only then can one speak of grasping existence by virtue of faith," (page 52). This idea is demonstrated when Abraham surrenders himself to his fate and surrenders the life of his son to God. This infinite resignation is the reason God grants Abraham his son’s life because he proves his eternal love and faith in God, by his willingness to sacrifice Isaac. Faith is put to the test when Abraham must sacrifice what he loves most to prove his love to God, while Antonius Block suffers from a similar problem of giving faith to God, which seems hopeless and invisible. Faith is put to the test when one must pursue infinite resignation in order to have faith. In the book “Fear and Trembling,” Soren Kierkegaard describes an either/or situation of either God or the world. This is the idea that faith must be built from infinite resignation, the resignation of everything besides God, and God must come primarily before the world. To Abraham, his only son, Isaac, is his world, and he is told to sacrifice his world for God. “I can still save my soul as long as my concern that my love of God conquer within me is greater than my concern that I achieve earthly happiness,” (page 49). Abraham accepts his task and sacrifices his son, whom he loves dearly, for
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