Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Westcott: the danger of understanding

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
    Commemoration of Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher, 1901
    ... They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
    —2 Thessalonians 2:10 (NIV)
    The idea of “conviction” is complex. It involves the conceptions of authoritative examination, of unquestionable proof, of decisive judgment, of punitive power. Whatever the final issue may be, he who “convicts” another places the truth of the case in dispute in a clear light before him, so that it must be seen and acknowledged as truth. He who then rejects the conclusion which the exposition involves, rejects it with his eyes open and at his peril. Truth seen as truth carries with it condemnation to all who refuse to welcome it.
    ... Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1901), The Gospel According to St. John, London: John Murray, 1882, p. 228 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to embrace truth.
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