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 1st of December
It is objected that the ultimate loss of a single soul means the defeat of omnipotence. And so it does. In creating beings with free will, omnipotence from the outset submits to the possibility of such defeat. What you call defeat, I call miracle: for to make things which are not Itself, and thus to become, in a sense, capable of being resisted by its own handiwork, is the most astonishing and unimaginable of all the feats we attribute to the Deity. I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside. I do not mean that the ghosts may not wish to come out of hell, in the vague fashion wherein an envious man 'wishes' to be happy: but they certainly do not will even the first preliminary stages of that self-abandonment through which alone the soul can reach any good. They enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded, and are therefore self-enslaved: just as the blessed, forever submitting to obedience, become through all eternity more and more free.
—from The Problem of Pain
December 1957 Joy's health continues to improve after her cancer goes into remission, and by Christmas, she is able to walk around the house and garden.
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis
The Problem of Pain. Copyright © 1940, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright restored © 1996 by 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.
Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer (28:24).
Her boyfriend really needed money badly. She had asked her parents for it, but they had told her that they wouldn't give it to her. She was getting desperate, but then she remembered some silver her mother had stored in the attic. Her mother had said that one day it would be hers anyway, so she was just taking it a bit early. She removed the silver from its resting place and took it to a pawn shop to sell. The next time a financial emergency arose, she ransacked the attic for more valuables to sell. It became a regular practice, and she told herself that she was entitled to the things since it was her house, after all. When her parents found out they went into a rage. The girl could not understand their anger, and she resented their concern in the situation.
When what we want becomes more important than anything else, we are blind to what we do to others. We will do anything to satisfy ourselves, and that is all that counts. That is selfishness; the seed bed of all sin. Christ was sent into this world to lead us away from selfishness. God gave the greatest gift of all so that we might know that truth comes to us not through taking, but only through giving, and giving all that we have and are.
prayer: Giver of all that is good, all that is right; create in me a spirit of love and care. Let me see when I am doing what is wrong, and teach me what I can do that is right. Thank you for teaching me what giving is all about. Amen.
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