In the early 70's I remember walking down my own street with two of my friends who pointed to virtually every other house and saying "they're divorced...they're divorced..."(etc.). I thought they were exagerating but they weren't.
The real kicker came when I applied to California colleges back in the early 80's. The registration form asked NOT for the names of my "parents", but rather the name of the "parent" or "guardian" with whom I was presently living.
THEN I realized that the divorce rate for parents of college-aged kids was well over 50% in California...even in the early 80s.
The fact that my own parents never even contemplated divorce made me feel very blessed indeed, compared to what was going on around me.
Neil wrote: If you mean Green obstructionism, I agree, but don't forget that there's also economic viability. Shale oil may be simply too costly to extract & process at current market prices. There's the rub with all that Mideast oil ‚Äď it's good & easy to get.
Yeah. I was thinking mostly of the Greens and the NIMBYs, but I did forget the economics. Even the cost of territory alone, much less fiddling with it, is going to be higher the closer you get to "home".
Yeah, but if our country lacks the political will to go and get this oil (as it has with the oil in ANWR and off- shore locations) it's all just going to stay there or be taken by other nations and interests who can gain access to it.
God's glory is the most important thing. NOT man's salvation.
Ultimate doom of Satan, fallen angels, and non-regenerate/(non-elect) people glorify God--if for no other presently conprehendible reason than the fact that they provide a contrast to those being redeemed-- as well as the cosmos/world(John 3:16)/creation, which will be re-made.
Praise God that he is merciful to save even a remnant of humanity for his glory rather than rightly condemn us all as he did Satan and his angels for their sin.
Arminians need to focus more on how great God is rather than how "great" MAN is. They'll be a lot happier if they do this.
Great Sermon! THere is a prudent balance that has to be weighed between what your saying Stu and being obedient to those in authority(also scriptural) Freedoms will come and go as they have throughout history, but we must seek our true freedom from our Lord and not from men.
Reminds me of the Pharasees Jesus spoke of on the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5,6,7) who did all kinds of "holy works", just to be seen by men.
Now, if these folk flagellated themselves in private, telling NO ONE, and hiding the effects that they had done all this to themselves; Then I might give them some kind of additional consideration for their (deeds?), But not much.
If you want to "do something", FASTING is much less dangerous, and is at least mentioned with some favor in the Sermon on the Mount, as well as rules on how to go about such activities.
During the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979 I remember news camera footage of muslims flogging themselves as they walked down the street in plain view of others during one of their holidays.
At the time I never realized that some who call themselves "Christians" would try the same stupid thing, in light of Matt 5,6,7.
I didn't know what homework was until I got into the 4th grade, when our teacher started making us write these things called "reports", which were 1-10 page (handwritten) doccuments often requiring significant research and could not possibly be completed during the ordinary school day.
After transferring to private school I was astonished to discover that even the 1st-graders in that school had homework. A fact which moved me to ENVY rather than pity because It seemed like they were getting more of a head-start in REAL schooling than I got.
Neil wrote: John, must a created thing be spatially limited? I'll have to think about that.
I'll have to think about it too, since your comment reminds me that I had not considered the vast spirit-world (angels, Satan, etc.), which are also created by God, when I made my previous comment.
It's fun to know that you and I definitely have some similar interests, (history, war, technology). I can tell you're at least as informed on these subjects as I am, which is also fun because I can learn more while sharing what I can.
I too was led to believe that the Nazi regime was some kind of "right-wing" capitalist orgainization in every respect--mostly by those needing some kind of negative contrast to promote their own liberal ideas, I suppose.
The tone and subject of this article make it sound like it could've been written by a latter-day "St. Francis of Asissi", with all the social and environmental overtones and externals (do's and dont's), and so little emphasis on the much more important internal sin of the human heart.
Neil wrote: What can we learn about Ferdinand Porsche by examining a VW Beetle?
Ferdinand Porsche also designed a prototype of the much-feared German tiger tank of World War II...in addition to the VW Beetle. A contrast reflected by the image (in this case, Porsche) of his creator, God.
The heavens, being limited (having been created--Gen 1 & 2) never- the-less have yet to come even close to being plumbed by modern man.
The creation is NOT revelation in any articulated sense (which I think Neil pointed out) , but is rather a blessed and provided means of APPREHENSION of That which cannot be comprehended: God, the One who MADE the universe.
If that which is created (universe) is yet beyond our human ability to fully grasp, then how much more is the One who created it?
The more we examine the universe the bigger we realize that it really is. History of our exploration of the universe shows this.