It is in silence that we hear YouI've been runningMore Like This
Oh I've been avoiding
the corners of Wondering and Facing
the Truth in the day of light
I've been wanting so much of that contemplation
where I once sat beneath the cherry red tree
and had to doubt indeed that when we talk a reason would come almost instantly
O Lord Jesus Christ
the tendency of me allowing my mind to wander astray
to the clouds my God, the skies have melted into a shade of gold and blue and lilac
I used unnecessarily words which has caused me to digress once more
But Lord Jesus, when I look into Your eyes
such songs form from my heart and You know, Lord, You woo me so without speaking a word.
I wonder how that works, but I lean closer like a man whose chastened lips ne'er touch the red robust flesh of fruits which lay upon the boughs of trees..
that is the temptation of heightened euphoria I experience
when I lean closer...
You are there O God, white robed, red sash-ed and golden sandals garment upon Your Holy feet
The wind in the air the sudden rhyme
He is Always hereI remember now, Like it was only yesterdayMore Like This
I see him in my dreams holding me in his arms
and then i hear him say:
"My Child i'll never leave you
you will find me anywhere
the morning light, the evening
star, I'm always there."
The Problem of Free Will...The Problem of Free Will and Following Moral LawMore Like This
I. Free Will
The terms Freedom and Will taken separately pose no problems.
1) Freedomlack of restriction, force, or coercion.
2) Willone's personal ability to choose; a capacity to weigh various options and conclude on a course of action.
Thus, "free will" as a singular term is considered as the "free and open ability to choose for oneself the best course of action."
We are, of course, confronted by this problem: what is the best course of action? But let's examine this a bit later. For now, we should examine what free will is because we speak about using it all the time.
"Freedom," it seems, is the operative word. No one particularly criticizes his capacity to chooseeven if we are forced to choose in a minor or major way, we agree that one chooses his course of action for some reason (even if it is chosen for him). We all will and intend in some waythose unable to choose something for themselves, whether b
On the Latin LanguageLatin, Gentle Reader, is the name given to that language that was spoken (for thus saith the Encyclopædia Britannica) by small groups of people living along the lower Tiber River. Blessed be their memory for evermore, these small groups of people living along the lower Tiber River! For they spoke the language of Western Civilization. By the language of Western Civilization I do not mean French, English, or Greek, or any other inferior tongue: I mean Latin.More Like This
But Latin is a dead, pointless language! some people say. Why bother to learn it? I trust that you, O Gentle Reader, do not belong to this category. But those who do are making what appears at first sight to be a perfectly reasonable comment. It is not, indeed, necessary that we all be able to write imitation Cicero. But if we are to understand our historya thing sadly neglecte
Error in Reading the BibleWhere do errors arise in biblical interpretation?More Like This
The first is misreading the text, the second is misunderstanding the context, and the third is not reading that section in light of the whole of that section.
The fourth is forgetting who it addresses--that is to say (allegorically) people of a certain heart or disposition.
The fifth is seeing these words distinct from a life that has been lived.
The sixth is to see the Old Testament without considering and making it separate from Wisdom, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and to see the New as separate from Christ's example.
The seventh is to see the Old Testament radically distinct from the New--what does Christ cast aside, what does He fulfill, and what does He do in His life?
We, first of all, are so easily lead into error. Furthermore, the impious, atheistic, agnostic, lukewarm, and indifferent will never read the Scriptures accurately. This does not mean the words are inaccessible; it is q
A Brief Look at GenesisI said,More Like This
"The 7-days of Creation was never considered by the original author to be a historical-scientific account, but an aetiological one [i.e., story about origins -or- reason for why things are as they are]. Those who think creation occurred in 7 days, even though "days" didn't exist until the 4th day in the story itself are probably stupid. Likewise, that creation account is meant to communicate something about the world, not a detailed account of how it came to be."
To which someone simply asked: "How do you know?"
Though I cannot say with supreme certainty, as I am only a student and hardly a scholar, I responded with these reasons:
1) The theology of the Jews does not consider our minds able to comprehend fully the origin of the universe. They saw us as just a speck on a speck. Despite the grandeur of the world they knew that they controlled very little.
2) The Hebrew language itself. The language, unlike our Greek and Roman roots, does not deal in abstractions, and if it does,