Monday, April 16, 2012

on damaged goods.

“Don’t cast your pearls before swine.” Jesus says, as we spit in His face and nail Him to a cross.

“How shall we square what He says with what He does?”

“Perhaps we’re not swine?”

Saturday, April 14, 2012

on total depravity. Or something near enough...

Here’s why Christianity (i.e., being a complete follower of Christ) is practically impossible. Jesus says that there is no (practical) limit to the amount of times a Christian ought to forgive those whom trespass against her. For, when Peter asks, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”, Jesus answers him saying, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven…” (Matt. 18: 21-22)

But let me say something rather obvious: no one can live that way. We can hope and pray and say and gesture and so on and so forth all we want, but no one can go on living his or her life in the way that most of us live out our daily lives forgiving each other over and over and over again—at least not for the bigger stuff…

And so, let us eat and drink [and be merry!], for tomorrow we die… (I Cor. 15:32)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

chief among the divine attributes.

“What’s the greatest among the divine attributes?”

“To be able to see the light in the darkness…”

“How can we come anything close to that?”

“To forgive each other…”


I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
(Psalm 139: 11-12)

that emotional pain is worse than physical pain:

as the razors near her inner thigh might testify
she uses the latter to numb the former.

Sunday, April 08, 2012

on being inhuman.

“And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.”- K. Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

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