Our tendency is to evaluate merely the rightness of the rule we are being told to obey. The real issue is more often our authority's right to rule in God's scheme of life.
A church incompetent cannot effectively be a church militant. ~ J.P. Moreland
An essential element in studying Bible doctrine is humility. Humility - actually counting everyone else better than oneself (Phil. 2:3) - is not always easy. How is it realized? Humility in regard to Bible doctrine comes as a result of facing certain facts. The sincere Bible student recognizes: (1) revelation is only partial, (2) we are finite, (3) we are fallen, (4) we need an open mind, and (5) we must be willing to obey. ~ Robertson McQuilkin
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
I have always said that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan, and, cutting off all amusements or other employments that would divert his attention, makes the execution of that same plan his sole study and business.
...it is imperative that our philosophy of discipleship embrace as axiomatic (self evident) the principle that Christlikeness is the goal of life, not happiness.
Be not the first by whom the new is tried nor the last to cast the old aside.
No quote here, just a thought. There sure is something special about the love of a child. I can't even describe it. It's overwhelming. I wouldn't trade it for anything. What a good God to allow His children to experience such a thing. I am blessed...
Regarding our attempts to interpret various passages that utilize figurative language...
If we are not careful, The Scriptures will no longer be an independent authority, sitting in judgment on our ideas, but rather, we interpreters will become the authorities, building unsound doctrine on misapprehension of a figurative biblical expression.
Beyond the risk of blurring intrinsic gender differences, there is a real danger to calling other human relationships marriages. It is reasonable to assume that, if we grant marital status to same-sex relationships, then other kinds of relationships, e.g. polyamorous groups, non-exclusive sexual partners, and platonic friends, will seek classification as marriage. Once the definition of marriage is expanded, there is no logical end to the vast number of various kinds of relationships that will claim the “right” to be viewed as marriages. Inevitably, the very word relationship will, for all intents and purposes, be equated with the word marriage, for there will be no distinguishing between the two. And when every kind of relationship is a marriage, what is marriage?
Very good indeed...