THE Trinity in Jersey http://thetrinityinjersey.org THE Trinity in Jersey - a series of weekly newsletters under the title "info for islanders" linking the Bible, Jesus Christ and Jersey. Immediately after his resurrection and just before his ascension in AD 33, Jesus Christ instructed his key followers to make disciples of all nations. They were to do this in two ways: first, by immersing them into the name (all the attributes and facts about) the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; second, by teaching them to observe and obey all that he had commanded them. THE Trinity in Jersey "info for islanders" seeks to assist in both those ways in making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. en Sun, 15 Jul 2018 17:03:41 EDT A terrible and terrific person http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=598 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret But on the first of unleavened bread the followers [of Jesus] drew near to Jesus, stating, “Where do you wish that we may make you ready to eat the passover sacrifice?” and he said, “Go into the city for the DEINA [see below] and say to him, ‘The Teacher states, my set time is near. I will do the passover sacrifice for YOU with my followers.’” And the followers did as Jesus had arranged for them, and they made ready the passover sacrifice. So, it becoming evening, he rested together with the twelve. Matthew 26: 17-20 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) Apparently, fewer than 40 single releases have ever sold over 10 million copies. But one of these remains fresh in my memory of the time my father died. It’s called “Seasons in the Sun” and has the words, “Goodbye my friend it’s hard to die/ When all the birds are singing in the sky/ Now that spring is in the air”.That best-selling single described many things the singer regretted leaving behind. Within that regret there were also many expressions of futility and meaninglessness about stuff that seemed important at the time.What do people do when, despite being very fit and healthy, they know for sure that they will die within hours? What would you do? Try to avoid it?In Jerusalem in the spring of AD 30 one man in good health was about to die.Matthew, Jesus’ biographer, wrote about it like this - on the first of unleavened bread the followers [of Jesus] drew near to Jesus, stating, “Where do you wish that we may make you ready to eat the passover sacrifice?” and he said, “Go into the city for the DEINA [see below] and say to him, ‘The Teacher states, my set time is near. I will do the passover sacrifice for you with my followers.’” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=598 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 EDT What destitutes need... http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=597 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper. A woman came near him having an alabaster flask of very valuable perfume, and she poured it out upon his head as he rested. But the disciples, seeing it, were very displeased, stating, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for much and given to destitute people.” But Jesus, knowing this, said to them, “Why do you all beat up the woman when, for me, she has worked a beautiful work. Always you will have destitute people among you, but you will not always have me. Because she herself, by pouring out this very perfume on my body, has done so to endorse my burial. Truly, I state to you, wherever this good news may be proclaimed in all the world, what she has done will also be spoken to remember her.” At that time one of the twelve, the stated Judas Iscariot, had taken himself to the first priests, and was saying, “What do you all wish to give me if I give him away to you?” They put in place for him thirty silver coins. From that time he sought opportunity to give him away. Matthew 26: 6-13 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) ‘We are so used to disguising ourselves to others that at last we become disguised even to ourselves.’ (Francois Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680) ‘Self-deceivers will in the end prove self-destroyers.’ (Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, 1662-1714) Last month the ship Aquarius sailed to Italy with 629 migrants on board – all of them saved from the sea off the Libyan coast. Italy, which controls Mediterranean rescue operations for the EU, halted the in-bound ship, claiming that the small EU island of Malta was closer and should take responsibility. French President Emmanuel Macron waded in, accusing Italy of cynical, irresponsible behaviour. But Spain came to the rescue, offering the boat safe harbour in Valencia. One can readily see that the EU is internally deeply divided. But the EU is strongly united on one aspect of migrant policy. A few days earlier, the EU had announced a major increase in funding to protect EU borders against migrants. Border guards are to increase from 1,500 to 10,000.What is the root cause of the internal EU dispute about who takes in the migrants? Is it self-interest? And is the same root reason behind the EU’s 12 billion Euro Budget increase to police its borders? What about us? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=597 Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 EDT Consuming passion http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=596 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret “These [the goats] will go away into eternal consequences, but the righteous [the sheep] into eternal life.” When Jesus had ended all these statements, he said to his disciples, “You see that after two days the Passover sacrifice is here, and the Son of Man is to be given away to death by crucifixion.” At that very time the first priests and the elders of the people gathered together in the courtyard of the first priest, the stated Caiaphas, and took advice from one another so that Jesus, by devious methods, could be overpowered and killed. But they stated, “Not during the feast, so that there won’t be a riot among the people.” Matthew 25: 46 - 26: 5 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) ‘We are so used to disguising ourselves to others that at last we become disguised even to ourselves.’ (Francois Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680) ‘Self-deceivers will in the end prove self-destroyers.’ (Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, 1662-1714) ‘Those who know themselves best will fear themselves most.’ (Donald Cargill, Scottish Covenanter, 1619-1681) ‘He who lives to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.’ (Tertullian, early Christian writer, AD 155-240) In the final days before Jesus was given away to death by crucifixion in AD 30 he taught his followers that eventually all human beings will be found to be in one of only two groups – sheep or goats. What’s the difference between a sheep and a goat? Both are, by any standard, week and foolish. But maybe there IS one significant difference – sheep eat grass; goats eat grass and the roots as well. Sheep graze. Goats consume all.Last year’s best seller by Yanis Varoufakis came out in paperback a few weeks ago. He’s an economist. In 2015, he was the Finance Minister of Greece when it received a Second Bailout from the European Union. He tells the inside story of how EU and world leaders forced Greece to borrow yet more, despite knowing that this would only result in a bigger black hole for them to fill. Why? It was so that EU banks would not have to reveal that they were in serious difficulties. Today, Greece with its 11 million people has yet more unrepayable debts. The Eurozone still has unresolved financial and political problems. Which were sheep? Which were goats? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=596 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EDT Destruction’s root cause http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=595 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus left the temple and was going away when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “(A)… many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray… and many false prophets will arise and lead many astray... (B) So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains… (C) Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather… (D) When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats… (E) You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Matthew 24: 1- 26: 1 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) ‘We are so used to disguising ourselves to others that at last we become disguised even to ourselves.’ (Francois Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680) ‘Self-deceivers will in the end prove self-destroyers.’ (Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, 1662-1714) ‘Those who know themselves best will fear themselves most.’ (Donald Cargill, Scottish Covenanter, 1619-1681) ‘He who lives to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.’ (Tertullian, early Christian writer, AD 155-240) ‘If your treasure is on earth you are going from it; if it is in heaven you are going to it.’ (Anon.) ‘It is not the fact that a man has riches which keeps him from the kingdom of heaven, but the fact that riches have him.’ (John Caird) The finance centre buildings along the Esplanade are rather magnificent. When you get a moment, stop and take a good look at them from the waterfront area. Way back in AD 30 in Jerusalem the followers of Jesus were admiring the magnificent temple buildings which had taken the past 47 years to reconstruct. Jesus told them that not one stone would be left on another. They wanted to know more. So he went across the Kidron valley and taught them there about the future of buildings and people. Matthew, a former taxation officer and one of Jesus’ followers was an eye-witness and recorded it in his biography of Jesus. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=595 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EDT What don’t you understand…? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=594 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus went around all the cities and the villages, teaching in their meeting places and proclaiming the good news of the sovereignty and dealing with all illness and all defect. When he saw the crowds, he was moved with kindness towards them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep not having a shepherd. Then he said to his followers, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” Matthew 9: 35 – 38 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) ‘We are so used to disguising ourselves to others that at last we become disguised even to ourselves.’ (Francois Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680) ‘Self-deceivers will in the end prove self-destroyers.’ (Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, 1662-1714) ‘Those who know themselves best will fear themselves most.’ (Donald Cargill, Scottish Covenanter, 1619-1681) ‘He who lives to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.’ (Tertullian, early Christian writer, AD 155-240) ‘If your treasure is on earth you are going from it; if it is in heaven you are going to it.’ (Anon.) ‘It is not the fact that a man has riches which keeps him from the kingdom of heaven, but the fact that riches have him.’ (John Caird) ‘When Jesus came to earth he did not cease to be God; when he returned to heaven he did not cease to be man.’ (John Blanchard) ‘If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If he is not true man, how could he help us?’ (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident, 1906-1945) In bold above is an extract from Matthew’s first century eye-witness biography of Jesus of Nazareth. What don’t you understand about it? Take the first sentence for instance: "Jesus went around all the cities and villages, teaching in their meeting places and proclaiming the good news of the sovereignty and dealing with all illness and all defect."First, do you know why Matthew uses so many verbs in one sentence? Not only is Jesus “going around” all the towns but also he is “teaching” and he is “proclaiming” and he is “dealing with” all illness and defect. He also uses “all” three times. “All” the cities and villages. “All” illness. “All” defect. Why? On both counts, why? Second, what about the “proclaiming” bit: “proclaiming the good news of the sovereignty”? What’s that about? Earlier Jesus has repeatedly used the words “the sovereignty of the skies”. If you’ve read Matthew’s biography in the past you’ve probably read this translated as “the kingdom of heaven”. But the Greek words Matthew records are he basileias ton ouranon meaning the sovereignty (or realm) of the skies. When Matthew’s biography was first translated into English the only realms were kingdoms. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=594 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EDT “You’re not able” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=593 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret (A1) So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he [Judas who gave Jesus away] immediately came out. And it was night. (B1) When he had come out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once. Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you are not able to come.’ (C) A new commandment I give to you, that you love-in-action one another: just as I have loved-in-action you, you also are to love-in-action one another. By this all people will know that you are my followers if you have love-in-action for one another.” (B2) Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you are not able to follow me now, but you will follow later.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why am I not able to follow you now? I will put down my soul for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you put down your soul for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times. (A2) Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms.” John 13: 30 – 14: 1 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) ‘We are so used to disguising ourselves to others that at last we become disguised even to ourselves.’ (Francois Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680) ‘Self-deceivers will in the end prove self-destroyers.’ (Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, 1662-1714) ‘Those who know themselves best will fear themselves most.’ (Donald Cargill, Scottish Covenanter, 1619-1681) ‘He who lives to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.’ (Tertullian, early Christian writer, AD 155-240) ‘If your treasure is on earth you are going from it; if it is in heaven you are going to it.’ (Anon.) ‘It is not the fact that a man has riches which keeps him from the kingdom of heaven, but the fact that riches have him.’ (John Caird) ‘When Jesus came to earth he did not cease to be God; when he returned to heaven he did not cease to be man.’ (John Blanchard) ‘If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If he is not true man, how could he help us?’ (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident, 1906-1945) ‘Great men never know they are great; small men never know they are small.’ (Anon.) ‘The great of this world are those who simply loved God more than others did.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) Have you ever tried reading something in the wrong order? The classic example of this is someone who reads the final pages of a crime novel before starting at the beginning.But, sometimes, it’s good to start in the middle and work outwards. The event described in bold above by John (who was actually there) took place in AD 30 in Jerusalem. It’s part of John’s written record of which Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” is the painting. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=593 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EDT “You’re being disingenuous” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=592 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and placed it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and placed it at the apostles’ feet. But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and placed it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has the adversary filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and secretly to steal from the proceeds of the land? Remaining unsold, it remained yours. Being sold, it was still under your control. Why did you place into your heart this transaction? You did not lie to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and passed away. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him. After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Immediately she fell down at his feet and passed away. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things. Acts 4: 34 – 5: 11 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) ‘We are so used to disguising ourselves to others that at last we become disguised even to ourselves.’ (Francois Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680) ‘Self-deceivers will in the end prove self-destroyers.’ (Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, 1662-1714) ‘Those who know themselves best will fear themselves most.’ (Donald Cargill, Scottish Covenanter, 1619-1681) ‘He who lives to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.’ (Tertullian, early Christian writer, AD 155-240) ‘If your treasure is on earth you are going from it; if it is in heaven you are going to it.’ (Anon.) ‘It is not the fact that a man has riches which keeps him from the kingdom of heaven, but the fact that riches have him.’ (John Caird) ‘When Jesus came to earth he did not cease to be God; when he returned to heaven he did not cease to be man.’ (John Blanchard) ‘If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If he is not true man, how could he help us?’ (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident, 1906-1945) ‘Great men never know they are great; small men never know they are small.’ (Anon.) ‘The great of this world are those who simply loved God more than others did.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) ‘Truth exists: only falsehood has to be invented.’ (Georges Braque, French painter, 1882-1963) ‘I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.’ (Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States, 1743-1826) Have you ever been told – to your face – that you were being disingenuous? The first time that happened to me I didn’t know what the word meant. So I looked it up. The central part – ingenue – started life as a word to describe a simple innocent girl or your woman. It means artless, simple, frank, truthful. http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=592 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EDT Post-election realities http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=591 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them. Though he had done so many signs in front of them, they still did not believe in him, so that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Lord, who has believed what he heard from us, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe. For again Isaiah said, “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they see with their eyes, and understand with their heart, and turn, and I would heal them.” Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. John 12: 35-43 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) ‘We are so used to disguising ourselves to others that at last we become disguised even to ourselves.’ (Francois Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680) ‘Self-deceivers will in the end prove self-destroyers.’ (Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, 1662-1714) ‘Those who know themselves best will fear themselves most.’ (Donald Cargill, Scottish Covenanter, 1619-1681) ‘He who lives to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.’ (Tertullian, early Christian writer, AD 155-240) ‘If your treasure is on earth you are going from it; if it is in heaven you are going to it.’ (Anon.) ‘It is not the fact that a man has riches which keeps him from the kingdom of heaven, but the fact that riches have him.’ (John Caird) ‘When Jesus came to earth he did not cease to be God; when he returned to heaven he did not cease to be man.’ (John Blanchard) ‘If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If he is not true man, how could he help us?’ (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident, 1906-1945) ‘Great men never know they are great; small men never know they are small.’ (Anon.) ‘The great of this world are those who simply loved God more than others did.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) ‘Truth exists: only falsehood has to be invented.’ (Georges Braque, French painter, 1882-1963) ‘I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.’ (Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States, 1743-1826) ‘Water cannot rise higher than its source, neither can human reason.’ (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet and philosopher, 1772-1834) ‘A great part of our worthiness lies in an acknowledgment of our own unworthiness.’ (Matthew Henry, writer, 1662-1714) So it’s all over. We now know who has been chosen by us, the people, to govern us, to make laws prohibiting us from doing certain things, to tax us, to un-tax others and to spend those taxation revenues on our behalf. Their lives will become what they wanted for themselves.With this in mind, take a look at the incident in AD 30 recorded in bold above. In a few days (maybe a few hours) Jesus will be nailed to that Roman cross and will give himself, his life, for others. That was what he wanted for himself.In the Jerusalem Temple his final words to the Jewish leaders were: “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=591 Fri, 25 May 2018 00:00:00 EDT An AD 30 view of the distant future (5) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=590 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him [Jesus, c. AD 30] privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them,….. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. …. Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25: 31-40 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) ‘We are so used to disguising ourselves to others that at last we become disguised even to ourselves.’ (Francois Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680) ‘Self-deceivers will in the end prove self-destroyers.’ (Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, 1662-1714) ‘Those who know themselves best will fear themselves most.’ (Donald Cargill, Scottish Covenanter, 1619-1681) ‘He who lives to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.’ (Tertullian, early Christian writer, AD 155-240) ‘If your treasure is on earth you are going from it; if it is in heaven you are going to it.’ (Anon.) ‘It is not the fact that a man has riches which keeps him from the kingdom of heaven, but the fact that riches have him.’ (John Caird) ‘When Jesus came to earth he did not cease to be God; when he returned to heaven he did not cease to be man.’ (John Blanchard) ‘If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If he is not true man, how could he help us?’ (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident, 1906-1945) ‘Great men never know they are great; small men never know they are small.’ (Anon.) ‘The great of this world are those who simply loved God more than others did.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) ‘Truth exists: only falsehood has to be invented.’ (Georges Braque, French painter, 1882-1963) ‘I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.’ (Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States, 1743-1826) ‘Water cannot rise higher than its source, neither can human reason.’ (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet and philosopher, 1772-1834) ‘A great part of our worthiness lies in an acknowledgment of our own unworthiness.’ (Matthew Henry, writer, 1662-1714) ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) Something rather serious has been worrying me for some time. It’s the effect that human consumption is having on planet earth – the abuse by humans of resources above ground, in the ground, and underground as well as the destruction of those resources in various ways.For instance, Dubrovnik is a wonderful city on the Adriatic Sea. But around it are hills and mountains which are barren and unproductive. Back in history all those hills and mountains were rich in holly oak trees. The oaks are no more - they were consumed to build ships. Another example: Syria’s built resources – today - are largely rubble. They were consumed in the power struggle.Key question. What is the most destructive thing on earth? Could self-interest, at the root of all consumption, be the very root of all destruction? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=590 Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 EDT An AD 30 view of the distant future (4) http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=589 Bible Jesus Christ Sinner Syvret As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him [Jesus, c. AD 30] privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them,….. “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” Matthew 25: 31-40 ‘Man is a peculiar puzzling paradox, groping for God and hoping to hide from him at the self-same time.’ (William A Ward, writer, 1921-1994) ‘All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a nearly infinite capacity for folly...’ (Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense, 1916-2009) ‘We are so used to disguising ourselves to others that at last we become disguised even to ourselves.’ (Francois Rochefoucauld, author, 1613-1680) ‘Self-deceivers will in the end prove self-destroyers.’ (Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, 1662-1714) ‘Those who know themselves best will fear themselves most.’ (Donald Cargill, Scottish Covenanter, 1619-1681) ‘He who lives to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.’ (Tertullian, early Christian writer, AD 155-240) ‘If your treasure is on earth you are going from it; if it is in heaven you are going to it.’ (Anon.) ‘It is not the fact that a man has riches which keeps him from the kingdom of heaven, but the fact that riches have him.’ (John Caird) ‘When Jesus came to earth he did not cease to be God; when he returned to heaven he did not cease to be man.’ (John Blanchard) ‘If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If he is not true man, how could he help us?’ (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and anti-Nazi dissident, 1906-1945) ‘Great men never know they are great; small men never know they are small.’ (Anon.) ‘The great of this world are those who simply loved God more than others did.’ (A W Tozer, pastor and author, 1897-1963) ‘Truth exists: only falsehood has to be invented.’ (Georges Braque, French painter, 1882-1963) ‘I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.’ (Thomas Jefferson, Third President of the United States, 1743-1826) ‘Water cannot rise higher than its source, neither can human reason.’ (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet and philosopher, 1772-1834) ‘A great part of our worthiness lies in an acknowledgment of our own unworthiness.’ (Matthew Henry, writer, 1662-1714) ‘If all our wishes were gratified, most of our pleasures would be destroyed.’ (Richard Whatley, economist and theologian, 1787-1863) ‘The greatest fault is to be conscious of none.’ (Thomas Carlyle, writer, 1795-1881) ‘Poverty wants much; greed everything.’ (Publilius Syrus, writer, flourished BC 85-43) ‘He who is not liberal with what he has, does but deceive himself when he thinks he would be more liberal if he had more.’ (William S Plummer, minister and writer, 1802-1880) Religion – in all its various branches - has been described as “Pie in the Sky when I Die”. Is there anything peculiar about a person who is religious for that particular reason? Is it a good thing to be seeking pie for me when I die?Philosophers, sociologists and others are quite sure that, speaking generally, our present generation is both materialistic and liberal. That fits well with a “pie in the sky when you die” religion, because religion like that is, in a word, self-seeking. When Christians tell people to turn to Jesus so as to get to heaven, is even that “pie in the sky when you die”? Are they appealing to self-interest? Is that what Jesus wants? http://thetrinityinjersey.org/newsletter.htm?id=589 Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 EDT