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How to Get God Wrong Wrong

Internet lists have become a rather ubiquitous (if not annoying) thing, and can range anywhere from the banal to… hmmm- well, whatever is slightly above banal. The best ones (by which I mean most amusing) are those which try to bring some sort of persuasiveness to an argument, either for or against something. And the cream of the crop naturally comes when someone tries to convince you that...

Effortless

There are rare moments in life where you come to a place of complete clarity, when suddenly the disparate pieces of reality seem to fit together and at least one thing makes sense of it all. I have had precious few moments like this, but one of the most memorable occurred when I was 16. (Kind reader will forgive a story probably recounted elsewhere, and thoughts refined from previous posts.) I...

The Serpent’s Kiss

What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips. (Job 2:10 KJV) This passage has always somewhat perplexed me. The story of Job is a familiar one: he is a righteous man in whom no blame can be found. Satan thinks he can get Job to curse God by taking his stuff and then ultimately bringing him to brink of death, and God...

We Will Never Break God’s Heart

Suffering is often the crucible in which our hopes and fears rise to the surface, the clarity of pain serving to purify the double-mindedness that too often plagues our existence. For better or for worse, to suffer can bring a certain perspicuity in its wake, for good or for ill, being a maker of saints and a breaker of sinners, often simultaneously. In the midst of duress of any kind, man has...

Stop Loving Yourself

Whenever I hear someone say that something is a pet peeve of theirs, I cannot help but think “My biggest pet peeve is listening to people whine about their pet peeves.” I am very far from being a saint, so this distinct lack of charity (and immunity to irony, evidently) is something for which I will no doubt be a long while in the purgatorial flames. I know I should be more charitable and loving;...

Hell Is Full Of Love

Love is a many-splendored thing, we are told. The problem is that we very rarely know what kind of love we are talking about. We use the same term to describe the most heroic of sacrifices and the most banal of affections; our heroes are loved and so is that latest BuzzFeed post. I used to think this was a problem, that our modern tongue cannot help but bastardize the beautiful and the true...

Leap To The Stars

In my previous musings I considered why no one will get to heaven, precisely because heaven is not a place to get but rather a person to obtain; more specifically, God himself. Our difficulty as fallen creatures is that our desires are usually so half-hearted and tepid that we flit from love to love with no solidity of desire nor constancy of will, carried along by the gusts of our cravings and...

Why No One Will Get To Heaven

When I was younger I used to be terrified of the idea of heaven. Well, it probably wasn’t the notion of heaven per se, but rather the thought of eternity. I know some people imagine the afterlife to be one of unceasing drudgery, the standard cliché being us resurrected into chubby cherub bodies and slowly strumming on golden harps long after the universe has plunged into its chaotic death. Well...

An Apology for Hell

Hell is a vexing topic whenever it is mentioned, assuming it is ever mentioned at all. In my experience I have noticed a markedly decreased frequency in its usage, at least in any serious sense, for most of the references I currently hear are more in jest, either the concept itself or towards those for whom it still has meaning. It is rare to come across a serious discussion, when most descend...

Spelliing The Kingdom of God

As in all things, caveat emptor. Spelliing the Kingdom of God In Less Than Words Can Say, the late Richard Mitchell (The Underground Grammarian) laments the degradation of English: Insubstantial words, hazy and disembodied, have fled utterly from things and ideas.[1. Richard Mitchell, Less Than Words Can Say, p.1] But the problem is not the normal and expected variation that occurs in the...

Vapors

If anyone sees God and understands what he has seen, then he has not seen him at all but rather something of his that can be known. But he is transcendently enthroned beyond intelligence and beyond being, and only be virtue of not being known in any way at all and by not being does he exist beyond being and is he known beyond understanding. And this perfect ignorance, understood positively, is...

Transparent

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. transparent From the moment of our race’s fall we have been in hiding. Fig leaves and pointing fingers seem to work in...

In Tents

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose...

Pray Like You Mean It

When I was 19 I had just started learning guitar and was trying my hand at writing some songs. I wasn’t that good at either the guitar or songwriting, (which is probably still the case…) since most of my instrumentation was limited to a few chords and my writing to vague and purposeless lines that had no cohesion whatsoever. I had been trying to make a habit of praying more, but most of the...

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