‘Perfect love casts out fear’. Ergo, fear is unbelief and the consequence of a failure to apprehend the power and love of God. Fear is rooted in faithlessness.
- Best blog – mine
- Best hair- mine
- Best looks- mine
- Best sense of humor- mine
- Best book- mine
- Best album- mine
- Best nose hair trim- mine
- Best Christian song – mine
- Best friend- me
- Best frenemy- me
- Best car- mine
- Best of the best in everything- mine
Stupid and absurd isn’t it. And so every one of the ridiculous ‘best of lists’ coming to a site near you.
The constant drum-beating of reported threats to our well being is a fraud perpetrated to make us insecure so that we will 1) allow ourselves to be robbed of freedoms and 2) to ensure that the weapons industry continues to be paid trillions of dollars for our ‘protection’. Our government is committing fraud against us with the collusion of the media. And Americans are stupid enough to believe it all. Every. Single. Lie.
But hey, go buy a gun. That’ll fix it.
At least the Boston Globe gets it. ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox don’t- and don’t want to.
When Americans look out at the world, we see a swarm of threats. China seems resurgent and ambitious. Russia is aggressive. Iran menaces our allies. Middle East nations we once relied on are collapsing in flames. Latin American leaders sound steadily more anti-Yankee. Terror groups capture territory and commit horrific atrocities. We fight Ebola with one hand while fending off Central American children with the other.
In fact, this world of threats is an illusion. The United States has no potent enemies. We are not only safe, but safer than any big power has been in all of modern history.
According to Augustine
- Adam, before the fall, was created holy but with the ability either to sin or not to sin (posse peccare et posse non peccare).
- After he transgressed, he moved to the state of being unable not to sin (non posse non peccare).
- The regenerate (i.e., on earth) are able to sin and able not to sin (posse peccare et posse non peccare);
- though Christians do not attain sinlessness in this life they are able, by the grace of God, to avoid sin.
- In the state of glory, Christians will become unable to sin (non posse peccare).*
He’s right. And every person proves it every day.
*William Greenough Thayer Shedd, Dogmatic Theology (ed. Alan W. Gomes; 3rd ed.; Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub., 2003), 960.
All that remains of the Commentary is 2 Kings and I will have finished the whole thing. Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I’ll be free at last.
This map is a fascinating look at the world known to Jesus and other Near Easterners and Europeans in the first century (by Strabo).
It’s a small, small world so you’ll want to click to enlarge it.