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Ephesians 2

 

 

Heaven and Hell, Part 2

Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good.  Time does not heal it.  The spell must be unwound, bit by bit, ‘with backward mutters of dessevering power’–or else not.  It is still ‘either-or’.  If we insist on keeping Hell (or even Earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.

I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell: and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.

The Great Divorce Preface, C. S. Lewis

Heaven and Hell

The attempt (to marry Heaven and Hell in this life) is based on the belief that reality never presents us with an absolutely unavoidable ‘either-or’: that, granted skill and patience and (above all) time enough, some way of embracing both alternatives can always be found; that mere development or adjustment or refinement will somehow turn evil into good without our being called on for a final and total rejection of anything we should like to retain. This belief I take to be a disastrous error.  You cannot take all luggage with you on all journeys…

The Great Divorce Preface, by C. S. Lewis

Hell

No! There is no escape!  There is no heaven with a little of hell in it–no plan to retain this or that of the devil in our hearts or our pockets. Out Satan must go, every hair and feather.

— George MacDonald, in The Great Divorce (A Dream)

Heal Us

Breaking You

America’s Largest Religious Revival

As I watch Saturday night football, I am intrigued by this analysis.  Introducing Athletica.

For decades, demographic studies have indicated the steady decline of religion in America, but new measures suggest that, on the contrary, at least one religion in America is alive and well, thriving in every community, and claiming devoted adherents in nearly every household.

This new religious revival has remained under the radar in large part because its adherents do not claim any religious attachment to this social institution, but by every measure of behaviors typically associated with religion, it is deceitful to label it as anything less. Although it shies away from adopting an overarching organization or name for itself, for the purposes of this study, it will be considered under the name Athletica.

Ok, this may not be what you wanted to hear, not I when I clicked.

Forget One Service For Week. We Have Daily Meetings.  Whereas in traditional American Christianity followers would regularly meet together once or twice a week (a timetable most now find unduly onerous), members of Athletica gather four, five, six, or even seven days a week.

Are you getting a sense for what Athletica is and what it has done to families inside America?

Unquestionably, the ongoing success of Athletica is rooted in its centrality to the lives of its devotees. As Christianity fades in the West, dying from a desire to be like everything else except itself, Athletica has risen to the ascendance as the self-assured, pervasive cultural influence. Where the Judeo-Christian world has laid down its mantle, Athletica has picked it up, unwittingly following the directives of the Hebrew Bible to teach tenets of the faith to their children, “Talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

This depth of enculturation is most certainly the key to the trenchant, growing success of Athletica, which—by all reasonable evidence—has already replaced its rival religions in most American homes.

Read how Athletica developed here.

 

 

 

 

 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd, I DO NOT want any other thing, being, NOTHING!  He is my ALL, my everything. I lie in His green pastures. I stand by His still, pristine waters.  Read more of this post

Tim Keller on Homosexuality