An Application of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress: Desiring Mount Zion

June 14, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

Christian, having departed the Interpreter’s house and continued on his way, lifted up his eyes to see a palace, the name of which was Beautiful. After arriving at the gate of the palace, and conversing with Watchful the Porter, he was welcomed into the palace, where he was introduced to members of the family, named Prudence, Piety, and Charity. Good fellowship was had among them, as the family of the house inquired of Christian as to what he had experienced along the way, being anxious to hear his pilgrim’s tale. Though Piety was concerned...

An Application of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress: “And the Burden of My Heart Rolled Away…”

June 13, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

You will remember that this journey upon which Christian set out was predicated by the discovery of a great burden which he carried upon his back. For the whole of his life he had taken notice of this burden. But when he came into possession of The Book, he became aware not only of his burden, but also of the destruction which was to come upon that place in which he had dwelled all of his life. From that point on, Christian had set himself to escape his burden and the inevitable destruction with which it was accompanied. So he fled the City...

An Application of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress: Living in Both Fear and Hope

June 12, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

As Christian was nearing the end of his tour of Interpreter’s House, he was led by Interpreter into one last room, where he observed a man rising out of bed. As he dressed himself, he trembled, but the trembling was not from cold. When Christian asked him the reason for his shaking, the man related a dream which was still fresh in his memory, for he had just awoken from sleep. He had dreamt a most disturbing and frightening dream. The skies had turned black, and resounded with thunder and lightning, as well as the blast of a trumpet. And...

An Application of Pilgrim’s Progress: Passion and Patience

June 11, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

As Christian continues on his journey, first to the Cross and then to the Celestial City, he arrives at the house of the Interpreter, who would “show him excellent things”. As Christian is escorted around the house, he is led into a little room where he observes two little children. The eldest was named Passion, and the other was named Patience. Of these children, Bunyan writes, “Passion seemed to be much discontent, but Patience was very quiet.” As Bunyan explains, “Passion will have all now, this year; that is to say, in this world; so are...

An Application of Pilgrim’s Progress: The Man in the Iron Cage

June 11, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

Many would be familiar with Alexandre Dumas’ novel entitled, The Man in the Iron Mask. In Pilgrim’s Progress, however, Christian’s tour of the house of the Interpreter brings him into contact with the Man in the Iron Cage. It is a cage of despair, and he is confined to it by his own doing. It was not always so. This poor wretch had once been a “fair and flowering professor” of Christ. He thought himself well on his way to the Celestial City, and others, to look at him, thought the same. And his heart was full of joy. How then, did he arrive...

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