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 21st of November
When I attempted .... to describe our spiritual longings, I was omitting one of their most curious characteristics. We usually notice it just as the moment of vision dies away, as the music ends, or as the landscape loses the celestial light. .... For a few minutes we have had the illusion of belonging to that world. Now we wake to find that it is no such thing. We have been mere spectators. Beauty has smiled, but not to welcome us; her face was turned in our direction, but not to see us. We have not been accepted, welcomed, or taken into the dance. We may go when we please, we may stay if we can: "Nobody marks us." A scientist may reply that since most of the things we call beautiful are inanimate, it is not very surprising that they take no notice of us. That, of course, is true. It is not the physical objects that I am speaking of, but that indescribable something of which they become for a moment the messengers. And part of the bitterness which mixes with the sweetness of that message is due to the fact that it so seldom seems to be a message intended for us, but rather something we have overheard. By bitterness I mean pain, not resentment. We should hardly dare to ask that any notice be taken of ourselves. But we pine. The sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable secret. And surely, from this point of view, the promise of glory, in the sense described, becomes highly relevant to our deep desire. For glory means good report with God, acceptance by God, response, acknowledgement, and welcome into the heart of things. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.
—from "The Weight of Glory" (The Weight of Glory)
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis
The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses. Copyright © 1949, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright renewed © 1976, revised 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.
The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion (28:1).
Ever since he had taken the money he had been unable to sleep. Every noise made him jump. He was positive the police would show up at his door. So far no one had said anything about the shortage at work, but he suspected that they were toying with him. He thought maybe they had found out somehow. Coming home the night before he was pretty sure that someone was following him. He wished that he had never taken anything. Everyone was just waiting for him to make a mistake. Why hadn't anyone come? He lay awake, completely silent, listening to hear the footsteps when they would finally come up the stairs.
When we do something wrong, our consciences nag at us mercilessly. We await our punishment in anguish and fear. If we will live upright and faithful lives, we will have nothing to dread. The wise man is careful to do what is right, then he never has to worry. The wicked are constantly on the alert, for they fear being caught. The righteous can stand firm in their actions for they have nothing to answer for. They are as bold as lions, but the evildoer is timid and scared, and has to hide in fear.
prayer: Sin destroys peace of mind, security and confidence. Led me in paths of righteousness, that I might never have to fear punishment. Make me pure in heart and mind, and keep me from going where I should not go. Amen.
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