Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Pinnock: necessity

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Feast of Harriet Monsell of Clewer, Religious, 1883
    Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
    —Psalm 139:7-8 (KJV)
    For the Scriptures then, the existence of God is both a historical truth (God acted into history), and an existential truth (God reveals himself to every soul). His existence is both objectively and subjectively evident. It is necessary logically because our assumption of order, design, and rationality rests upon it. It is necessary morally because there is no explanation for the shape of morality apart from it. It is necessary emotionally because the human experience requires an immediate and ultimate environment. It is necessary personally because the exhaustion of all material possibilities still cannot give satisfaction to the heart. The deepest proof for God’s existence, apart from history, is just life itself. God has created man in his image, and men cannot elude the implications of this fact. Everywhere their identity pursues them. Ultimately, there is no escape.
    ... Clark H. Pinnock (1937-2010), Set Forth Your Case, Chicago: Moody Press, 1971, p. 111 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 139:7-8; Gen. 1:26; Isa. 41:13; Isa. 65:1; Jer. 23:23-24; Obad. 1:4; Jon. 1:1-4; Heb. 4:12-13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I have not pursued You, but You pursued me.
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