THE BASE THEOREM
constructed many years ago...when I first got "saved"
about what I've learned since then
NOTES FROM ROMANS (PT. 1)
NOTES FROM ROMANS (PT. 2)
scientific problems that arise from the Bible...and some solutions
addendum (March 2010): these pages are here for archival/education purposes, not argumentative (despite their tone)
"But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain (Titus 3:9 King James Version)".
the "global flood"
Daily excerpt from 'A Year with C. S. Lewis' and 'Wisdom from the Proverbs' for the 25th of September
Faith or Works
Christians have often disputed as to whether what leads the Christian home is good actions, or Faith in Christ. I have no right really to speak on such a difficult question, but it does seem to me like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary. A serious moral effort is the only thing that will bring you to the point where you throw up the sponge. Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair at that point: and out of the Faith in Him good actions must inevitably come. There are two parodies of the truth which different sets of Christians have, in the past, been accused by other Christians of believing: perhaps they may make the truth clearer. One set were accused of saying, 'good actions are all that matters. The best good action is charity. The best kind of charity is giving money. The best thing to give money to is the Church. So hand us over £10,000 and we will see you through.' The answer to that nonsense, of course, would be that good actions done for that motive, done with the idea that Heaven can be bought, would not be good actions at all, but only commercial speculations. The other set were accused of saying, 'Faith is all that matters. consequently, if you have faith, it doesn't matter what you do. Sin away, my lad, and have a good time and Christ will see that it makes no difference in the end.' The answer to that nonsense is that, if what you call your 'faith' in Christ does not involve taking the slightest notice of what He says, then it is not Faith at all—not faith or trust in Him, but only intellectual acceptance of some theory about him.
—from Mere Christianity
1929 Lewis's father, Albert, dies at age sixty-six.
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity. Copyright © 1952, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1980, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. A Year With C.S. Lewis: Daily Readings from His Classic Works. Copyright © 2003 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich (21:17).
It was his first real job. He was making a good salary, and he could now afford to live in style. He decorated his apartment, threw fantastic parties, and stayed out all night on the weekends seeking new and different thrills. He moved into the fast lane, and spent money as fast as he could earn it. He had never done so much before in his life. He bought all the things he'd ever wanted, and many things he'd never dreamed of. He traveled and bought expensive gifts for his friends. Everything was as good as it could possibly be. Until he was fired.
He had never believed his party could come to an end, but his lifestyle intruded on his work, and it led to his firing. Now he had nothing. No savings, no support, and no way to pay bills. His dream come true turned into a nightmare. He felt sick.
When we live for fun and self-indulgence, we live for nothing lasting at all. Our lives need meaning. They need a foundation. They need God. If we devote ourselves to Him, then we don't have time for frivolous endeavors which cause us to be selfish and wasteful. God will help us to live wisely and prudently. He will help us to know what is right and what is wrong. He will be faithful to do all of this, if we will only consent to put our trust in Him.
prayer: I do want to put my faith in you, God. I know that on my own I will give in to temptations which are selfish and foolish. Protect me from myself, O Lord. Guide me in the paths of what is right and good. Amen.
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