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Calvin and Theodicy – the problem of evil.

‘John Calvin’s proof for the existence of Satan in Institutes 1.14.17-18 continues to be useful, so I’m providing an extended quotation of the sections where his proof is easily summarized. Too often, people have a Manichaeistic or Dualistic view of God and Satan, as if there are really two gods: a good god and a bad god in constant battle for human souls. I call this a “High View of Satan” where the Devil is so powerful that his power of darkness is always on the verge of overcoming the good god of light. The Judeo-Christian God is an almighty sovereign God, and all things are under his control and all things are planned and happen according to his decretum absolutum (Absolute Decree). Satan therefore is only a tool that God has created for bringing about God chief and final end of glorifying Himself forever. Satan is a servant of God, and truly is the Advesary, but at the same time, all of his actions that are intended for evil will ultimately serve God’s glorious ends to his own chagrin and destruction.”

Amen!  A Nice piece and statement here!  Again there is NO Dualism in God!

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Word’s from C. S. Lewis…

Today’s Reading

On demons

I believe [in the existence of the devil] not in the sense that it is part of my creed, but in the sense that it is one of my opinions. My religion would not be in ruins if this opinion were shown to be false. Till that happens—and proofs of a negative are hard to come by—I shall retain it. It seems to me to explain a good many facts. It agrees with the plain sense of Scripture, the tradition of Christendom, and the beliefs of most men at most times. And it conflicts with nothing that any of the sciences has shown to be true.

*Strange, but since Lewis claimed to be a classic and historical Anglican, and was even himself somewhat High Church in places, he should have been Creedal on the devil and the demonic? Note, he quotes for reasons to believe in the devil, are Holy Scripture, Tradition, etc. I love Lewis, but he was not always consistent, biblically or theologically. But he was always a Lay theologian. (Fr. R.)

From The Screwtape Letters
Compiled in Words to Live By

The Screwtape Letters. Copyright © 1942, C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. Copyright restored © 1996 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers. Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Holy Scripture Reading, Matthew 22: 37-39, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

Jesus replied: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”’

Matthew 22:37-39 NIVUK

The Irish Articles…

The Irish Articles, 104 articles of faith adopted by the Irish Episcopal Church in 1615 at its first Convocation. More definitely Calvinistic than the Thirty-Nine Articles of the C of E (1562), which had never been accepted in Ireland, they were apparently compiled by Jame Ussher, then head of the faculty of theology at Dublin. They teach absolute predestination and perseverance, affirm that the Pope is antichrist, and make no mention of the threefold ministry nor of the necessity of Episcopal Ordination. They remained the official statement of faith in the Church of Ireland down to 1635, when at a Convocation held under Stafford and his chaplain, J. Bramhall, the Anglican Thirty-Nine Articles were adopted, apparently with the intention that they should replace those of 1615. Ussher, however, continued for a time to require subscription to both series, though ultimately the earlier ones became a dead letter. They seem to have exercised considerable influence on the text of the Westminster Confession.

*The text is in Philip Schaff, The Creeds of Christendom, iii, 526-44.

Holy Scripture Reading, Jude 1: 20, NASB.

Saturday, February 24, 2018
NASB Verse of the Day

Verse of the Day

February 24

Jude 1:20

20 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.”
*The Book or Letter of Jude is profound, as Christians need to defend the doctrine of the faith, (Jude 1: 3 and 4). Note, the apostasy comes from within, people and persons who “pervert the grace of God” by distortion and “lasciviousness” (lust & sinful desire). That Day has surely come, especially in the Western culture!
Only the true Christian can pray “in the Holy Spirit”!

Holy Scripture Reading, Jeremiah 29: 11-13, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

*Of course in context this is written to National Israel, but it has application to all of God’s Elect People… “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart!”

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIVUK

The Raising of the U.S. Flag at Iwo Jima, 23 Feb. 1945.. (73 years ago today!)

‘The statement made by Admiral Nimitz, “Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue”, epitomized the fighting of the U.S. Marines.

The flag is raised – On February 23, 1945, the first U.S. flag was placed on Mount Suribachi, which was then followed by the raising of a second, larger flag for ceremonial purposes.

It was at this conclusive point that Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the above 1945 Pulitzer Prize winning photograph entitled “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.” Five Marines of Company E (2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment, 5th Marine Division) along with a Navy corpsman, raised the U.S. flag using an old water pipe as the post.

Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal was quoted as saying to General Howlin’ Mad Smith,
“The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years.” ‘

*This has simply become Iconic to all US Marines, and too the US Navy especially those who have been attached to the American Marine Corps units, Navy Corpsman and Seabee’s certainly come to mind here first, but I am thinking too of the Brown Water Navy in Vietnam!  The PBR’s and Swift Boats (Swifti’s) often give us rides, i.e. Marine Recon, etc. Semper Fi!