Don’t Fight Fire With Fire…

So yeah, major apologies for not posting (at all) for over two weeks, but this ‘desire to post’ lark really seems to happen in waves! No doubt at some point in the near future the burning passion for blogging will be reignited, but for now, I’ll leave you with a pic from Buttersafe, perhaps my new favourite webcomic…

I can neither confirm or deny that any kittens were harmed in the making of this strip… On a side note, I’m heading up the Glasgow University Christian Union site, so by all means check it out! It’s not entirely up to date as of now, but it’s getting there. :)

Advertisements

It Is Well With My Soul.

The experience of happiness is incredible. I’m experiencing it right now, actually. The sun is blazing down, I’m relaxing just outside my flat on the grass, my music is playing, my mind is at rest, but most importantly, so is my soul. I know I’m forgiven.

Every single good thing in life is a reflection of God, everything is a direct gift from him. All of it, the birdsong, the sun, the grass, the ground, the sky, the music, all of it is given as a gift to undeserving sinners, given as signposts to him, the very bringer of beauty.

But without Christ and his sacrifice on the cross all of these things count for nothing. Instead of being gifts to point us to God, they count as evidence against us, evidence of how we rejected God, despite the love and the grace he poured out on us in life. With him, though, they become tangible reminders of the glory we can look forward to, and what we have now. With him, we can appreciate life for how it was meant to be lived. We can look at nature from a unique standpoint, from the original standpoint. The standpoint of complete forgiveness. Everything we have is because of what Christ did on the cross. I’ll only boast in Jesus’ death, because it’s by his death that I have life, and everything that stems from that.

I’m sitting here clean. I’m sitting here forgiven. I’m sitting here loved, appreciated, and at peace. Life isn’t always this good, I know, but God is. In the words of the old hymn, it really is well with my soul.

The Infrasonic Spirit

Sometimes, it seems, we can read stuff from the Bible and subconsciously skip over the bits that are confusing, focussing instead on what we do understand. That’s why it’s always good to spend more time looking at the tough bits, so you can get the whole picture:

We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies… Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

These verses (from Romans 8:23-29) fit with that pattern. They’re familiar, but until recently, I never properly understood them. I mean, yeah, the promise about God working for our good is brilliant and everything, but what does it mean that we are groaning, that the Holy Spirit is groaning? Why is it too deep for words? What even is our good? Continue reading

A God’s Eye View

Ever wondered what famous events from the Bible would have looked like if they had been viewed through the lens of the Google Earth satellite? What was that? ‘Every day, unceasingly since the moment I was born?’ Well you’re in luck! The ambitious folk over at the Glue Society have re-enacted a heavenly view of these events, and have put them online for your viewing pleasure. Here, to give you a taste of the wonder, is the parting of the Red Sea from above, but it’s a series of four, so there’s, like, three others to peruse.

The actual series can be found on this page, and even though there are only four, it’s definitely worth taking a look at. Apparently they’re going to be extending the series later on, to include some mythological events, as well as other historical events (anyone pick up the subtle bias towards the truth of the Bible there? :P), but presumably extra-biblical ones. Enjoy!

Quick Fire Quote: I Pity the Fool

A few days ago I posted about the link between brain damage and spirituality, and came to the conclusion that Christianity is more than just a feeling, more than an emotional crutch: It’s based in reality. Anyway, this evening at Christian Union the guy who was speaking flashed up a verse (1 Corinthians 15:19) which reminded of that post, so I thought I’d blog it:

If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.

Paul realised that if Christianity was just something that was ‘right for him’ it would be useless. If the idea of Jesus saving us was only a synthetic idea to help us through our lives, we really would deserve to be pitied. So many times people have said to me ‘well, if you really believe it, that’s alright’, but that attitude is flawed. Christianity isn’t just one of many ways to live your life.  As C.S. Lewis said, ‘If Christianity is false, it is of no importance. If Christianity is true, it is of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.’

So, where do you stand? Is it right, or is it wrong? The whole of eternity rests on your decision, and there’s no sitting on the fence.

[I should note that the C.S. Lewis quote was lifted from Jonny Baillie’s blog, so check out the link, folks!]