Friday, October 24, 2014
What do you think of the fate of the “virtuous pagans” (Canto IV)?
Have any of you read The Inferno? If you have feel free to comment your thoughts!
The fate of the “virtuous pagans” definitely struck me as odd. The idea that people who were “good” but were not saved was odd. This idea starkly contradicts the Bible, which tells us that no one person is good. Since Adam’s original sin, men have all sinned and therefore can never be considered “good” especially in the shadow of God’s holiness. The only way that one can be seen as pure is by the cleansing of Christ’s blood.
I also thought it was interesting that Dante attempts to determine who will be in what part of Hell, and that certain unbelieving people get “better treatment” in the torturous place that they will dwell in for eternity. It was confusing to me that he described a glorious place where certain “virtuous pagans” got to live. Also it seemed that some of them were even happy. This idea is again in sharp contrast with the Bible, which shows us that Hell is NOT a place of joy, but a place of Despair.
Also as a side note, I have found it very intriguing how many biblical references there have been and also how far from biblical truth The Inferno has been. If you have read The Inferno and noticed this, please comment! :)
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