“Love, and do what thou wilt.” It is a saying that I am familiar with from Aleister Crowley, the famous occultist. But it turns out the saying has a much more ancient and surprising origin. It comes from Saint Augustine in fact, from his Seventh Homily on the Letter of John. Here is the context: … Continue reading Love and do what thou wilt
Christian ethics is as simple as this: love God, love others. Everything else is commentary. Love Others Physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, verbal and mental abuse, these are all spoken against by Jesus and the prophets as they violate the command to love others. This command is pretty open ended too, extending even to … Continue reading Christian ethics isn’t complicated
It is important to recognise the difference between true knowledge and complete knowledge. I know that God loves me truly, but I do not know all there is to know about that. The love of God is unknowable in that sense.
Songs of Innocence: The Divine Image To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is God, our father dear, And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is Man, his child and care. For Mercy has a human heart, … Continue reading The Divine Image by William Blake
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18)
From the words received by John, the seer, in a vision: "Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place." (Revelation 2:5) When I find my heart hardening and my energy … Continue reading When everything falls dark and lifeless
Yesterday I was reading a Crucible article, "Is God as Good as We Think?", which examined C. S. Lewis' reflections on grief and God. I was struck by this passage in particular: ...emotional pain and suffering, such as grief or loneliness, can be debilitating though those feelings reflect the attachments we make. One way to … Continue reading Can we experience love without loss?
"Learning to love the people I don’t like is by far the best way to learn how to love" Tim Challies - The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion
No special virtue In loving the lovable - Everyone does that!
Truth becomes hard if it is not softened by love; love becomes soft if it is not strengthened by truth. (Tremper Longman III - An Introduction to the Old Testament)
What comes to mind when you hear the word "supernatural"? Miraces? Angels? I have to confess that don't particularly like the S-word, as it sounds a lot more at home in the world of Plato than it does in the world of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I find this becomes particularly problematic when it comes … Continue reading Is there anything more supernatural than love?
One of the challenges of church is training to love people whom you have nothing in common with, other than your unity in Christ. This won’t always be the case of course. Hopefully you will come across many others in church whom you have many things in common with. But the irony of church life … Continue reading Loving the Unlovable