As a Christian, I have often referred to myself as a 'biblical student of human nature'. Obviously, Mr. Obama has no understanding of the human constitution in a fallen state; particularly in an aberrant fallen state.
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Beautiful stuff, savedbygrace. You certainly do have some great reading material. Not getting carried away with the Puritans is difficult, but they have a built-in safeguard; their incessant references to scripture. It's hard to stay away from what these honorable men held in such high esteem. Another exceeding precious gift was given to all of them that I have ever read... a sight of their sin; an essential for so much spiritual insight into an understanding of God and His work in Christ. Blessings, brother. Continue to occupy your mind with 'whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report...'.
My sympathy, Malcolm Turner. America is, I believe, equally infected. We must 'sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land.' It is absolutely amazing to watch the Lord's history of salvation come to pass.
These sorts of posts make it all worth while, savedbygrace. Yes, I do have and enjoy the Reverend Samuel Davies. His three volumes are quite costly these days, but value is getting your money's worth. I highly recommend John Flavel, Augustus Toplady, and Hugh Martin (can't go on, or I'll just go on), for some diversity and sheer elevation of your soul to the LORD and His Christ through the Word. Have a great time.
I have been reading the Reformers and the Puritans, as well as the Great Awakening Era pastor/theologians, for twenty-five years now, savedbygrace (not my only input by great men of God, but much of it). They are to be perused, not given a cursory glance. If you're anything like me, your speed when reading them will not increase, but your reverence and love for Christ will. Keep up this good work. The rewards are as great as the discoveries.
A wonderful 'conversion', Rick; and the best method in order to the obtaining of it. He foreshadows great depths, but of course it is wise to keep him, as well as all others, in their place. A sound post.
Who, other than Muslims, concerns themselves with these things, with such aggression? '...against individuals', it would seem that the particulars of such a proposal would be impossible to work out, without prejudice, in non-Islamic countries. Even thinking this is giving too much credence to such inanity. It probably deserves more of a 'pfft'.
I inquired of an atheist once (a young man quite intelligent and benign, searching for answers) what he thought we should do if we not only read current events, but could look down every dark alley and into every household, and finally into every man's heart. He thought for a moment, then replied, 'You just have to take us out, man.'
For some reason, this brings to mind the story of the masochist and the sadist who find each other at a night club, believing this will be the greatest night of their perverse lives. Hastening to seclusion at the home of the sadist, the masochist tears off his clothes and says, 'Hurt me!'. Whereupon the masochist calmly folds his arms, grins, and says, 'No.'.
Apparently, I do not understand. I must again ask the question, ' Without the originals, to what are we referring any version of the Word of God, in order to obtain our certainty?'. Versions do not even enjoy the rank of translations, and, to travel in the other direction, even a manuscript is only a copy.