Running Head: Biblical Comparison of The Road
Biblical Comparison of The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Joshua G. West
Henry County High School
The Road by Cormac McCarthy (2006) is a novel that explains the struggles of a father and son as they thrive to survive in a post-apocalyptic society. Cormac McCarthy (2006) put a lot of details into the story and this world, but I believe he did not make up this. There are many clues and links between his story and what the Bible has so say about the rapture and tribulation period. From the beginning of the world they live in, to the characters involved in the novel, Cormac McCarthy’s (2006) novel could be described as parable of what ...view middle of the document...
Before the great change in society, the man wasn’t very much of a believer; however, during their post-apocalyptic journey he is more aware and pushes his son to keep “carrying the fire” (McCarthy, 2006, p. 129).
Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and Get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death but those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. (Galatians 6:7-8 NLT)
He reassures his son that they are the “good guys” (McCarthy, 2006, p. 129), and he mustn’t give in and live as the savages i.e. bad guys, do, no matter what happens. As Paul depicts, “For I live in eager expectation and hope that I will never do anything that causes me shame….as I have been in the past, and that my life will always honor Christ, whether I live or die” (Philippians 1:20 NLT).
This is far more difficult than it sounds, not only a struggle to survive but also on the inside. In the book, he recounts the night his wife leaves them. He describes the night in great detail. They sit by the campfire and carry on a deep conversation which leads to an argument, when she decides to give up all hope and run out in the middle of the night leaving the father and son behind. Nothing furthermore is said also leaving us to assume, she had killed herself. There are also several points in the book where the father wanted to quit and just give up. In fact there was even one point at which the boy even stated “I wish I was with my mom.” (McCarthy, 2006, 55)
Yet if I live, that means fruitful service for Christ. I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: Sometimes I want to live, and sometimes I long to go and be with Christ. That would be far better for me, but it is better for you that I live. (Philippians 1:23 NLT)
However the father always replies and reassures himself and the son, everything will be okay because they are the “good guys” (McCarthy, 2006, p. 129) ‘carrying the fire,” much as Paul encouraged the Churches in Southern Galatia, “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.” (Galatians 6:9 NLT)
In the Christian religion, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit make up what is called the trinity. The Holy Spirit is often referred to as fire. Some might allude “carrying the fire” (129) to this biblical aspect. The Holy Spirit is what convicts us in our hearts of right and wrong, which also aligns up with the phrase, “carrying the fire”.
In the book they travel south through a post-apocalyptic world, where everything is described as being burned and scorched with fire. This can also be argued to be alluded to the tribulation in the Bible, “And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below - blood and fire and clouds of smoke.” (Acts 2:19...