"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."
July 28, 2006

See?

“…there are millions out there for whom thinking would indeed be a challenge. And that is why it is possible for one person to lead millions into busy lives with inactive minds. Listen to the horrendous illogic that sounds forth from the gatekeepers of our culture when they try to make a case against the sacred. The aurgumentative capacity of talk-show hosts who make moral pronouncements against morality is exceeded only by a pathetic inability to build a sound argument. The move from unsubstantiated premises to invalid deductions consistently color their faulty thinking, and what is more, the same fallacies get transmitted to uncritical hearers. Assertions claiming truth frequently go uncorroborated, and the arguments that are built show a complete disregard of validity. One can only shake one’s head in disbelief and marvel at how mushy our thinking has become. The science and art of critical thinking have been humiliated in a generation that thinks with its eyes. — Ravi Zacharias, Deliver Us from Evil, p. 140

July 23, 2006

Who’d of Thunk It!

Regarding a happenstance sidewalk meeting in Romania between an American and a Romanian - both Christians - during the Cold war.

“…The American visitor could not have dreamed then that the day would come when the church of Christ in Romania would play such a pivotal role in displacing a murderous and ruthless dictator. Nor could he have forseen, by contrast, a day when the dictates of government in America would make the naming of Christ in the public arena a risky proposition. Though Romania has proven that seventy years of a brutal atheistic regime could not eradicate spiritual hunger by relegating it to privacy, here in America we are making a fresh attempt to privatize religious belief in the hope, at least of some, to silence it.

“The dramitic change in direction toward spiritual issues taken by the two contrasting ideologies of totalitarian government and democracy may be the most astonishing reversal of the twentieth century. And the confounding silence of the powers in place who leave the subject undiscussed and ignore its drastic ramifications is even more mystifying. The wildest speculator could not have predicted that religious ideas would be brought into the open for discussion in what were once Marxist countries, while in democracies the same ideas would be held, for all practical puposes, under house arrest…

“…In the name of nonoffensiveness, religion is privatized and relegated to the home, while in the name of freedom all kinds of indecencies and abandonments are made public. How ironic that sexuality and nudity, which are meant to be private, are now fare for public consumption while spiritual convictions, which are meant to strengthen public polity, are now for private expression only. ” — Ravi Zacharias, Deliver Us from Evil, p 104-105, 107-108

July 20, 2006

Humility?

“I think that many of us, when Christ has enabled us to overcome one or two sins that were an obvious nuisance, are inclined to feel (though we do not put it into words) that we are now good enough. He has done all we wanted Him to do, and we should be obliged if He would now leave us alone. As we say, ‘I never expected to be a saint, I only wanted to be a decent ordinary chap.’ And we imagine when we say this that we are being humble.

“But this is the fatal mistake. Of course we never wanted, and never asked to be made into the sort of creatures He is going to make us into. But the question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when He made us. He is the inventor, we are only the machine. He is the painter, we are only the picture. How should we know what He means us to be like? You see, He has already made us something very different from what we were. Long ago, before we were born, when we were inside our mothers’ bodies, we passed through various stages. We were once rather like vegetables, and once rather like fish: it was only at a later stage that we became like human babies. And if we had been conscious at those earlier stages, I daresay we should have been quite contented to stay as vegetables or fish — should not have wanted to be made into babies. But all the time He knew His plan for us and was determined to carry it out. Something the same is now happening at a higher level. We may be content to remain what we call ‘ordinary people’: but He is determined to carry out a quite different plan. To shrink back from that plan is not humility: it is laziness and cowardice. To submit to it is not conceit or meglomania; it is obedience.” — C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

While ‘Brother’ Lewis, not being afforded the Plan of Salvation ‘lectures’, erroneously surmises that we never intended to be like Heavenly Father, he rightfully asserts that perfection is what He intends.  I enjoy this thought so very much because he astutely points out how - if left to ourselves - we would settle for something way below ‘our privileges.’  Thankfully, and unlike ourselves, He has not forgotten premortal promises.