Icc: The Holy War (Illustrated Christian Classics) (Illustrated Christian Classics Series)
This dramatic masterpiece explores key Christian doctrines though the allegory of a Holy War. The city of Mansoul rebels and replaces the gracious rule of King Shaddai with the vicious Diabolus. The three principal men of the city have fallen,...
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This dramatic masterpiece explores key Christian doctrines though the allegory of a Holy War. The city of Mansoul rebels and replaces the gracious rule of King Shaddai with the vicious Diabolus. The three principal men of the city have fallen, and the only hope lies in the victory of Shaddai's son.
The Holy War made by King Shaddai (El Shaddai is one of the Judaic names of God) upon Diabolus, to regain the metropolis of the World, or, the losing and taking again the town of Mansoul. Bunyan's Allegory tells the story of the town "Mansoul" "Man's Soul". Although this town is perfect and bears the image of Shaddai (Almighty), it is deceived to rebel and throw off his gracious rule replacing it instead of the Rule of Diabolus. Although Mansoul has rejected the Kingship of Shaddai, he sends his Son Emmanuel to reclaim it.Allegory: In the City there were three esteemed men, who by admitting Diabolus to the City, lost their previous authority. The Eyes of "Understanding", the Mayor are hidden from the light. "Conscience", the Recorder, has become a Madman, at times sinning, but at other times condemning the Sin of the City. But worst of all is "Lord Willbewill", whose desire has been completely changed from serving His True Lord to serving Diabolus. With the fall of these three, for Mansoul to turn back to Shaddai of their own will, is impossible. Salvation can only come by the victory of Emmanuel.The entire story is a masterpiece of Christian Literature, describing vividly the process of the Fall, Conversion, Fellowship with Emmanuel and many more intricate Doctrines.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was born in Elstow, England, and his life was spared twice in his early years, something he believed God had done for a special purpose. In November 1660, when Bunyan arrived to preach in the little town of Lower Samsell, he was informed that a warrant had been issued for his arrest. Unwilling to denounce his Christian faith and his calling to the ministry, he was imprisoned for twelve years.
Among the many writings he published during his imprisonment are The Holy City; Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners; and the most famous, The Pilgrims Progress.
After his release, he became the pastor of a church in Bedord, England and continued to write and publish stirring works that have endured through time. Among these classics are The Holy War; Bunyan's Visions of Heaven and Hell and Journey to Hell: The Life and Death of Mr. Badman.