Explain the idea of how the the lowest on the earth will receive the biggest reward in heaven in prevalent?explain that question in three situation: in feudalism how people had the least amount of...

Explain the idea of how the the lowest on the earth will receive the biggest reward in heaven in prevalent?

explain that question in three situation: in feudalism how people had the least amount of power, in Canterbury tale the examples of knight, plowman and the parson, and the last one is from sir gawain who learns through the green knight the humility is the only way to live.

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timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not sure I understand your question, but I do know that your paraphrase comes from the New Testament where Jesus tells us that the first shall be last and the last first.  This has always been a central tenant of Christianity, that the poor shall inherit the earth.  

There is little evidence that this is going to happen, but many of the critics of Christianity over the years have pointed to
Christianity as a "weak" religion, one that encourages believers to put up with injustices in this world because this world isn't important compared to the world to come.   Karl Marx is famous for calling religion the "opiate of the people" because it kept them passive under the rule of the economic opressor.  (Sounds a bit like soma in Brave New World.)  Freud hasn't left us such a memorable quote, but he believed that religion was our way of dealing with a variety of psychological problems.  Neitzche believed that pietry makes slaves, leading people to accept less in this life with the promise that their oppressors will "get theirs" in the next.  (All this is oversimplified, but there are word limits :)) 

This is not to say that humility and simplicity are not excellend ways to life, just that they have often been misused, especially in the case you mention of the feudal people who were kept in line through the promises of heaven.