The Pilgrim's Progress

by John Bunyan

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In "The Pilgrim's Progress," why did Goodwill pull Christian in through the gate?

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Goodwill pulled Christian through the gate because of the possibility of attacks from Beelzebub.

The symbolism here is that, while the Christian is responsible for making the choice and entering the gate through our own free will, it is also the responsibility of others to aid them on the way. ...

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Goodwill pulled Christian through the gate because of the possibility of attacks from Beelzebub.

The symbolism here is that, while the Christian is responsible for making the choice and entering the gate through our own free will, it is also the responsibility of others to aid them on the way.  If other Christians see a new believer in danger of attack, they are to step forward and take the initiative to pull them through to safety.  They are to "save" the soul's of others.

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