An Individual Of Good Character Essay

893 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
What do you think of when you hear that someone is an individual of good character? Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines character as, “one of the attributes that make up and distinguish an individual.” The word character was first used in 14th century Latin, meaning distinctive quality. I say character is defined how a person reacts when their back is against the wall. I say this because, it is only then when you have two options, either to stand and fight or lay down and die, is your character shown. That is figuratively speaking, of course. A historic example of character is the biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These three men, would not bow down to the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, because of their belief in God. The king received word of this and obtained them. He gave them two options, bow down before him or be thrown into a fiery furnace. These three young men took a stand for what they believed was just. They did not bow down before the king, and they were thrown into the flames. The Bible goes on to say that God protected them, and they walked out of the furnace alive. The ending to this story is not the main point of focus. The three men had a choice to make. Their backs were against the wall with nowhere else to turn. Would they bow down to the king and give up their beliefs, or would they stand up for their just cause and be willingly cast into the fire? That is the moment when their character is shown. Shadrach, Meshach, and…

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