Short and simple article on the truth of Divorce and Remarriage by Bro. Patrick Donahue.
Archive for July, 2011
“There are three main views of how we know what is real and true. The first view is that we are completely independent of God. It claims that we are in total control of the process of gaining all knowledge. God does not exist or, if he does, he is irrelevant. There can, therefore, be no knowledge of God but only knowledge of what people believe about God. We gain knowledge only through our senses and reason, and must decide for ourselves what is true.
The second view is that we are only partly independent of God. There is an area of truth that is beyond our human abilities to find out. Thus it can be known only by revelation. Knowledge that comes by revelation is simply added to the knowledge we gain by ourselves in order to complete the picture.
The third and biblical view is that God created everything and therefore knows everything. God also created humankind in his own image so that we know God from what is created. All facts, including those about ourselves, are facts about God, since he is the creator of all facts and gives them their meaning. Confusion enters because of sin. As sinners, we refuse to accept that the universe is God’s and that we are God’s creatures. We refuse God’s interpretation of reality and substitute our own false interpretation. God justly gives mankind up to this folly and, as a consequence, we are no longer able to perceive the truth about God, which is everywhere around us and within us. But in his goodness, and in accordance with his plan of salvation, God provides a special revelation through his Word. He also sends his Holy Spirit to subdue the rebellious wills of his people so that they can perceive the truth of this revelation. By this means alone are we able to know truly.”
This extract is from According to Plan © Graeme Goldsworthy 1991, and is published in the U.S. by Inter Varsity Press, and in the U.K. by Inter-Varsity Press, used by permission.
“for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
(Php 2:13 ESV)
“And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”
(Eze 11:19-20 ESV)
“I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.”
(Eze 36:25-27 ESV)
Ok, this disturbs me that I am writing this, but I have to. Time for coffee at work and I have forgotten to get filters. What to do? My co-worker reminds me that he has his french press. So here goes Folgers french pressed. Brewed it a little strong, yet not bitter. This shocked me. It is actually a good drink. My co-worker has brewed his and has added cream and some local honey (Poppa’s Wildflower Honey) to sweeten. I think I will try that for the next cup.
A Votre Sante!