The Poisonwood Bible, By Barbara Kingsolver

1190 words - 5 pages

What Is The True Religion?

The realities of Congo rescued her from the mental enslavement of her father, Nathan Price. Nathan, a Baptist evangelist journeyed with his four daughters and wife to the Belgian Congo with his mission to save the unenlightened souls of the Congolese people. His aim was to accomplish this through his strict biblical sanctions and his firm belief in his Christian faith. As a child who respects their parents' religion and belief, Leah was compassionate and genuine about her father's faith and his outlook on life. For this reason, she and her other sisters were slaves to his doctrine. They believed that his words were always true and his idea of saving the Congolese people would be a success. However, as time passed by Leah is confronted with racism, injustice and other issues that caused her to question the Christian faith. As these issues arise, Leah began to loose her faith and trust in her father and her religion. Although she lost the element her father continues to use as the tool the save the souls of the Congolese people she did not loose her idealism. Leah's outlook on life and the way in which she judges people of different beliefs and cultures have changed greatly. She then realized that she was no longer naïve since she had free herself from her father narrow-minded doctrine that had no room for the opinions and beliefs of others.

Nathan was a soldier in World War II and was able to escape from his almost death. Viewing himself as a coward, an element he believes God hates. He then decided that he will never be a coward again and he will not fail his God by being a coward. For this reason he vowed that he will never be a coward again and he would not run away from any situation that threatens his life. With this idea in mind he decided the he is going the save the souls of the ungodly and by doing so he would prove to God that he is not a coward and he is a true follower of Christ.

Nathan's quest to save the souls of the Congolese people was a very arduous task. He had to deal with people who were of different faiths and beliefs. Nathan being rigid and insular to the Congolese people beliefs and customs he refuses to understand and respect the beliefs of these people. Instead, he imposed his doctrines unto them and demanding that they become Christians and for them to believe that his religion is correct and that no other religion follows. This egomaniac behavior was demonstrated during one of his encounter with Tata Ndu, the chief of Kikango when he was told that the people of Congo were not Christians, Nathan was outraged because he thought that they were committing an act of sin since they did not believe in Jesus Christ. As Leah listened to her father she began to realize how ignorant her father was towards the Congolese people and their beliefs. It was during this time she began to question her faith.

Leah's lost for her faith was truly established when her father decided to stay in the...

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