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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Law, righteousness or love.

We know that the law is for lawbreakers. But we often fail to realize the corollary that righteousness is for judges who judge lawbreakers. For all others there is simply love.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The value of being human

Being human is such an awesome opportunity, even God wanted to become one.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The nature of the bible

Although the bible claims that scripture is God-breathed and that men spoke as they were given "utterance" by the Holy Spirit, nonetheless the bible nowhere claims to NOT be the product of human authors through whom God breathed and moved.


Consequently our expectations, interpretations and such are a dishonest distortion of the actual text when we treat it as if it is the pure unmitigated Word of God that fully transcends its anthropological dynamics. THAT idea is NOT taught in the bible. In fact, most places where the bible makes reference to "THE WORD OF GOD" it is a reference to His promises, not to scripture. We begin to ascribe qualities to the text that it does not claim for itself. We force upon ourselves a belief that it secures an understanding we neither need nor can lay claim to.

If our understanding of WHAT the bible actually is sustains a balanced view of its textual reality, we can simply let the bible be what it is. And a huge part of WHAT it is cannot be estranged from its human involvement that has had an unknown impact on the results. It therefore must be read with an awareness that it will not be the "Word of God" as we might want it to be or expect it to be, rather it will be the "Word of God" in ways we had not expected.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Consequences

Consequences are related to acquiring wisdom. But it is interesting to note that the longer consequences last, the less likely they are to result in wisdom rather they result in giving up. The best consequences are those that are decisive, clearly connected to the behavior that created them as outcomes, non negotiable and resolvable by changes in behavior. Other than that, consequences only serve to indulge the anger of those inflicting them.

The goal of consequences is the hope of wisdom. This is what determines if consequences are motivated by love or motivated by hate.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Perspective

A relationship with God never bypasses your personal perspective, it merely influences it slowly over time and nudges it in directions. In the end it is you and you alone who supplies what you find as "the meaning."

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A very painful lesson

It is a painful and disappointing lesson in life to discover that our Christ-likeness has everything to do with our response to circumstances and nothing to do with our circumstances.