Monday, September 30, 2019

Butler: off the table

Monday, September 30, 2019
    First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
    —2 Peter 3:3-5 (NIV)
    It is come, I know not how, to be taken for granted, by many persons, that Christianity is not so much as a subject of inquiry; but that it is, now at length, discovered to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it, as if, in the present age, this were an agreed point among all people of discernment; and nothing remained, but to set it up as a principal subject of mirth and ridicule, as it were by way of reprisals, for its having so long interrupted the pleasures of the world.
    ... Joseph Butler (1692-1752), Advertisement in The Analogy of Religion [1736], New York: Ivison, Blakeman Taylor & Co., 1872, p. 27 (see the book)
    See also 1 Tim. 1:12-14; Ps. 1:1-3; 22:7; Pr. 1:22; Isa. 53:3; Matt. 27:39-43; Mark 15:29-30; 1 Pet. 2:22-24; 2 Pet. 3:3-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me grace and courage to speak against the popular beliefs of culture.
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