Archive for the ‘Man's fall into sin’ Category

Worry is an overextension of our proper sphere of concern

November 17, 2009

Worry is an overextension of our proper sphere of concern. By worrying about tomorrow we take upon ourselves God’s role as provider for His creation. The root cause is making ourselves god – but the weight of that responsibility is too much for our small shoulders to bear.

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The harlot, the liar, the murderer, are short of it but so are you. Perhaps they stand at the bottom of a mine, and you on the crest of the Alps; but you are as little able to touch the stars as they are

October 16, 2009

The harlot, the liar, the murderer, are short of it but so are you. Perhaps they stand at the bottom of a mine, and you on the crest of the Alps; but you are as little able to touch the stars as they are.

Bishop Moule, in Stott, Romans, p.109

There are two objects in our life, whatever we have – to get more; and wherever we are – to go somewhere else

October 7, 2009

There are two objects in our life, whatever we have – to get more; and wherever we are – to go somewhere else.

John Ruskin

We never live only in the present. We remember the past and look forward to the future. If we find it too slow in coming we try to speed it up; or we recall the past to slow it down if it runs too fast

October 7, 2009

We never live only in the present. We remember the past and look forward to the future. If we find it too slow in coming we try to speed it up; or we recall the past to slow it down if it runs too fast. We are so unwise that we wander through ages which are not our own and never give a thought to the one thing that belongs to us. We are so frivolous that we think of those that are nothing and thoughtlessly overlook the one thing that exists. It is because the present moment is usually a painful one. We repress it because it hurts us. And if we find it pleasurable, we are sorry to see it pass away…With this way of thinking we can never actually live, but instead live in hope.

Pascal

In case you didn’t know it, Pascal was a genius.

God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are full – there is no where for him to put it

September 26, 2009

God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are full – there is no where for him to put it.

Augustine of Hippo, City of God

We’re all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars

September 15, 2009

We’re all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

Oscar Wilde, Irish dramatist, novelist & poet (1854 – 1900)

It is an inclination to evil

September 12, 2009

(Original sin) …is a complete deprivation of all rectitude and of the ability of all the powers of the body as well as the soul and of the entire inner and outer man. In addition to this, it is an inclination to evil, a disgust at the good, a disinclination toward light and wisdom; it is love of error and darkness, the avoidance of and supreme contempt for good works, a running to what is evil.

Martin Luther, What Luther Says: An Anthology, ed. E.M.Plass, 3 vols, Concordia, 1959, 3:1300-1

What a piece of work is man

September 8, 2009

What a piece of work is man. How noble in reason. How infinite in faculty. In form and moving how express and admirable. In action, how like an angel. In apprehension, how like a God. The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust. Man delights not me.

Hamlet, II, ii

What a chimera then is man!

September 8, 2009

What a chimera then is man! What a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, imbecile worm of the earth; depositary of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error; the pride and refuse of the universe! Who will unravel this tangle?

Blaise Pascal

Man’s wretched condition – Pascal

September 8, 2009

...if man had never been corrupt, he would enjoy in his innocence both truth and happiness with assurance; and if man had always been corrupt, he would have no idea of truth or bliss. But, wretched as we are, and more so than if there were no greatness in our condition, we have an idea of happiness and can not reach it. We perceive an image of truth and possess only a lie. Incapable of absolute ignorance and of certain knowledge, we have thus been manifestly in a degree of perfection from which we have unhappily fallen.

Pascal