Saint Augustinus: God Of The Soul, Responsible For Evil

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Aurelius Augustinus was born in a small town in North Africa in 354 c.e. He was popularly known as Saint Augustinus. His father was a pagan. His mother was a Christian. Early on, he pursued a career in the secular direction per his father’s influence. During this time he was a follower of a Gnostic religion founded in Persia known as Manicheanism. At the age of thirty-two he converted to Christianity. He became bishop of Hippo at the age of forty-one. Augustinus never doubted the existence of God, however, he struggled to understand “problem of evil”. Manicheans believe in two primary deities. One is the father of greatness, source of all good, and the other is Prince of Darkness, responsible for evil. With his background knowledge of Manicheanism, …show more content…
That there is no such thing as the god of darkness per the Manichean belief. This vision came with a bright light and words of God. One like no other he had experienced. He believed this vision brought him into the innermost region of his being. Augustinus says, “I entered and with my soul’s eye, such as it was, saw above the same eye of my soul the immutable light higher than my mind.” He explained this experience as a movement from external bodies to an experience of the soul. This vision proved to him that evil does not exist. Evil is only seen due to our limited perspective. All is created by God and God is good, therefore, there can be no evil. Disappointed in the fact that once awake he was back to reality, he longed for this dream state of his vision. He soon discovered there was only one way to come close to that state again. This was to remain humble, meditate, and submit to Christ. He believed that this is what would allow you to be lifted up to the presence of God. Augustinus’ dream gave his clarity. He then shared this with …show more content…
His father fought against U.S. forces in the 1860’s. Beginning at the age of five, Black Elk began to have visions. As a result, he later became known as a holy man and healer. His visions gave him the insight to foresee certain events and knowledge to discover remedies for illness. Black Elk claimed that specific ceremonies were necessary in order for him to decipher the meaning of his visions and activate their power. He says, “The power in all the ceremony was in understanding what it meant; for nothing can live well except in a manner that is suited to the way the sacred Power of the World lives and moves.” He believed in spiritual power that he called the “outer world”. The power to heal people passes through this medium. The power from the outer world is what allowed him to heal people as a medicine man.
I think that Augustinus’ vision gave him clarity and peace to a question he struggled with. Whereas, the visions of Black Elk were progressive in regards to healing and

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