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June 22, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

CS Lewis Quotes on the Doctrine of Hell and the Afterlife

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.”

In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell is itself a question: “What are you asking God to do?” To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But he has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what he does.

“To enter Hell is to be banished from humanity. What is cast (or casts itself) into Hell is not a man: it is ‘remains’..”

What is cast (or casts itself) into hell is not a man: it is ‘remains’. To be a complete man means to have the passions obedient to the will and the will offered to God: to have been a man…would presumably mean to consist of a will utterly centred in its self and passions utterly uncontrolled by the will.”

For more, I suggest reading here.

June 18, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Kyle Maynard’s Insightful Words on Disability

“I know there are many people who, whether they admit it or not, view disabled people as inferior. We are “broken” in their eyes–we are of no use, no value. And we are just running out the string on life. But I believe that we are all disabled in one way or another–including disabilities of character and personality. My disability just happens to be more visual than some”

–Kyle Maynard

June 10, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Articles on the problem of evil and suffering–A Bibliography

The Problem of Evil and Suffering Article Bibliography

Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering by Lee Strobel (link)

The Problem of Evil by William Lane Craig (link)

The Problem of Evil by Peter Kreeft (link)

The Problem of Evil from Strange Notions (link)

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering Quotes from Tim Keller (link)

The Problem of Pain and Suffering by Jay Warner Wallace at Cold Case Christianity (link)

God and The Problem of Evil by Dallas Willard (link)

The Strength of God and the Problem of Evil from Stand to Reason (link)

The Problem of Suffering and Evil at Focus on the Family (link)

Problem of Evil at the Be Thinking website (link)

CS Lewis and the Problem of Evil and Suffering by Randy Alcorn (link)

CS Lewis on Problem of Pain, Evil, and Suffering by Justin Lascowski (link)

If God then Why Suffering?  by Vince Vitale (link)

36 Purposes of God in Suffering (link)

May 31, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Spiritual Calling and Christian Strengths and Bibliography

  • Quarterlife Calling: Pursuing Your God Given Purpose In Your Twenties by Paul Sohn
  • Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  • Discover Your Spiritual Gifts by Peter Wegner
  • What Color Is Your Parachute?  by Richard Bolles (published annually)
  • Life Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission In Life by Keven Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck
  • 210 Project by Marc Key, Don Ankenbrandt, and Frank Johnson
  • Shape, by Erik Rees

(From Quarterlife Calling, p. 105 to 106)

  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, by Parker Palmer
  • The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness
  • How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Vicktor Frankl
May 31, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Raymond Tallis’ Critique of Neuro-scientific Reductionism

Failure to understand ourselves as more than just material or more than just our brains corrupts thinking and results in dehumanization:

The failure to distinguish consciousness from neural activity corrodes our self-understanding in two significant ways. If we are just our brains, and our brains are just evolved organs designed to optimize our odds of survival — or, more precisely, to maximize the replicative potential of the genetic material for which we are the vehicle — then we are merely beasts like any other, equally beholden as apes and centipedes to biological drives. Similarly, if we are just our brains, and our brains are just material objects, then we, and our lives, are merely way stations in the great causal net that is the universe, stretching from the Big Bang to the Big Crunch.

Most of those who subscribe to such “neuroevolutionary” accounts of humanity don’t recognize these consequences. Or, if they do recognize them, then they don’t subscribe to these accounts sincerely. When John Gray appeals, in his 2002 book Straw Dogs, to a belief that human beings are merely animals and so “human life has no more meaning than the life of slime mold,” he doesn’t really believe that the life of John Gray, erstwhile School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, has no more meaning than that of a slime mold — else why would he have aspired to the life of a distinguished professor rather than something closer to that of a slime mold?

Wrong ideas about what human beings are and how we work, especially if they are endlessly repeated, keep us from thinking about ourselves in ways that may genuinely advance our self-understanding.

May 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Christian, Biblical, and Small Group Coaching Questions from Tim Keller

May 18, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

36 Bible Verses on the Purposes of Suffering

  1. Suffering is used to increase our awareness of the sustaining power of God to whom we owe our sustenance (Ps 68:19).
  2. God uses suffering to refine, perfect, strengthen, and keep us from falling (Ps 66:8-9; Heb 2:10).
  3. Suffering allows the life of Christ to be manifested in our mortal flesh (2 Cor 4:7-11).
  4. Suffering bankrupts us, making us dependent upon God (2 Cor 12:9).
  5. Suffering teaches us humility (2 Cor 12:7).
  6. Suffering imparts the mind of Christ (Phil 2:1-11).
  7. Suffering teaches us that God is more concerned about character than comfort (Rom 5:3-4; Heb 12:10-11).
  8. Suffering teaches us that the greatest good of the Christian life is not absence of pain, but Christlikeness (2 Cor 4:8-10; Rom 8:28-29).
  9. Suffering can be a chastisement from God for sin and rebellion (Ps 107:17).
  10. Obedience and self-control are from suffering (Heb 5:8; Ps 119:67; Rom 5:1-5; James 1:2-8; Phil 3:10).
  11. Voluntary suffering is one way to demonstrate the love of God (2 Cor 8:1-2, 9).
  12. Suffering is part of the struggle against sin (Heb 12:4-13).
  13. Suffering is part of the struggle against evil men (Ps 27:12; 37:14-15).
  14. Suffering is part of the struggle for the kingdom of God (2 Thess 1:5).
  15. Suffering is part of the struggle for the gospel (2 Tim 2:8-9).
  16. Suffering is part of the struggle against injustice (1 Pet 2:19).
  17. Suffering is part of the struggle for the name of Christ (Acts 5:41; 1 Pet 4:14).
  18. Suffering indicates how the righteous become sharers in Christ’s suffering (2 Cor 1:5; 1 Pet 4:12-13).
  19. Endurance of suffering is given as a cause for reward (2 Cor 4:17; 2 Tim 2:12).
  20. Suffering forces community and the administration of the gifts for the common good (Phil 4:12-15).
  21. Suffering binds Christians together into a common or joint purpose (Rev 1:9).
  22. Suffering produces discernment, knowledge, and teaches us God’s statutes (Ps 119:66-67, 71).
  23. Through suffering God is able to obtain our broken and contrite spirit which He desires (Ps 51:16-17).
  24. Suffering causes us to discipline our minds by making us focus our hope on the grace to be revealed at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Pet 1:6, 13).
  25. God uses suffering to humble us so He can exalt us at the proper time (1 Pet 5:6-7).
  26. Suffering teaches us to number our days so we can present to God a heart of wisdom (Ps 90:7-12).
  27. Suffering is sometimes necessary to win the lost (2 Tim 2:8-10; 4:5-6).
  28. Suffering strengthens and allows us to comfort others who are weak (2 Cor 1:3-11).
  29. Suffering is small compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ (Phil 3:8).
  30. God desires truth in our innermost being and one way He does it is through suffering (Ps 51:6; 119:17).
  31. The equity for suffering will be found in the next life (Ps 58:10-11).
  32. Suffering is always coupled with a greater source of grace (2 Tim 1:7-8; 4:16-18).
  33. Suffering teaches us to give thanks in times of sorrow (1 Thess 5:17; 2 Cor 1:11).
  34. Suffering increases faith (Jer 29:11).
  35. Suffering allows God to manifest His care (Ps 56:8).
  36. Suffering stretches our hope (Job 13:14-15).
  37. This list is from here