Monday, July 14, 2014

Comforting Truth

I quite enjoy Francis Schaeffer's writings and exegesis of scripture. . . . There is special comforting quality to his teaching which in no way compromises the intensity and sharpness of the truth. . . .
Here are some quotes:
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Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched.

Tell me what the world is saying today, and I’ll tell you what the church will be saying in seven years.

Christianity provides a unified answer for the whole of life. 

The beginning of men’s rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart.

I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did. 

The inward area is the first place of loss of true Christian life, of true spirituality, and the outward sinful act is the result.

Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong.

Here is true Christian mysticism.  Christian mysticism is not the same as non-Christian mysticism, but I would insist that it is not a lesser mysticism.  Indeed, eventually it is a deeper mysticism, for it is not based merely on contentless experience, but on historic, space-time reality – on propositional truth.  One is not asked to deny the reason, the intellect, in true Christian mysticism.  And there is to be no loss of personality, no loss of the individual man.  In Eastern mysticism – for which the West is searching so madly now that it has lost the sense of history, of content, and the truth of biblical facts – there is always finally a loss of the personality.  It cannot be otherwise in their framework.  You will remember the story of Shiva, who is one of the manifestations of the Everything.  He came and loved a mortal woman.  Shiva put his arms around this woman in his love, and immediately she disappeared and he became neuter.  This is Eastern mysticism.  It is grounded in the loss of personality of the individual.  Not so Christian mysticism.  Christian mysticism is communion with Christ.  It is Christ bringing forth fruit through me, the Christian, with no loss of personality and without my being used as a stick or a stone, either.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Amen!

Jesus brought/still bringing a comforting truth to those who trust in the "I am".

On the other hand Jesus in speaking truth into "the world" of his day drew conflict to the point that he paid with his fleshly life.

If one is truly christlike should though it may not happen expect the same.

The Kingdom of truth comes!

Brother Thomas ©2015

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