So I was thinking this morning about the verse in Hebrews that says quite categorically:
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)
Now that’s all good and well, and very reasonable, if you accept the bible at all. What if you don’t? Well, if you don’t accept the bible, or any other system of faith, if you’re not even trying to please any god, especially not the “one god further” iteration of the Judeo-Christian worldview; even if you’re merely trying to please yourself, then you also can only do so, by faith. Read the rest of this entry »
Aristotle fundamentally disagreed with Plato, he believed that our actions in the physical realm should be organized, and ethical. But quickly found that grandfather Socrates was right about one thing: although we ought to be ethical, we are anything but!
Socrates’ great student was Plato, he’s our focus in this post. Incidentally, did you ever wonder why these 4 men, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Alexander, were not spread out a bit more over time?
Is it just by chance that they happened to be alive in successive generations, geographically identical at the exact right moment in history?
I remember CS Lewis once making the distinction between motives of possession. A teddybear may belong to a child, but not in every sense. It is his to cuddle and command; but it is not his to tear to pieces if he wishes.
The same principle is true for scripture, it is given to us, and to no one else, with limits to use and ownership. Our position with respect to its author is part if the biblical ethic.
Nonetheless in one biblical literary type, prophecy, it’s as if the rules of hermeneutics have somehow been suspended. We are in need of re-adhering to sound hermeneutics again when it comes to biblical prophecy.
I tend to think of biblical figures as heroes. Moses comes out of retirement and starts working at 80, Abraham has a child at 90, Paul faces death all day, and Daniel survives a den of hungry lions. But have you ever thought that they would consider us as heroes? Read the rest of this entry »