Essay about Jewish Soteriology about the book "Man's Search For Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.

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In the book "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl, Frankl explores the many realms of faith while enduring the most rigorous of conditions as well as climate. Frankl explores his faith through his own suffering, his love for his beloved wife and lastly through the quintessential faith in concentration camp: the future. Frankl's faith in the many assortments of his life as well as the extreme suffering he endures would, in my opinion, classify him as a Jew; for Jew's have no specific icon to worship or have faith they also time and time again have dealt with the worst of suffering.

Frankl obtains faith through suffering; including his own suffering and the suffering of others around him. All of the prisoners around him as well as himself went through, things which we would consider unbearable, torture daily. It was as though Frankl had become prone to it to expect it everyday but was unsure about what it would be or when he just had naturally expected it to come.

"Everywhere man is confronted with fate, with the chance of achieving something through his own suffering" (p.89). Frankl felt as though the suffering he experienced was destined for him and he did not want to change his own fate; if his fate chose suffering he would have to suffer that day and have faith that soon fate would bring him a suffer-free day. Frankl used suffering as a way to get through the day, in a way that if he could outlast the torture of concentration camp what couldn't he do? "Emotion, which is suffering, ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it" (p.95). Through Frankl's time at concentration camp he has essentially dissected every angle of...