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  • Friday, November 07, 2008

    Reason and Faith on Future Hope

    For the creation was subjected to frustration,...


    Is not the past century a standing commentary on this verse? Our knowledge leaps exponentially and our problems no less so. Books proliferate and ignorance abounds, harvests increase and hunger spreads, production grows and poverty deepens. Mechanization makes our lives easier but threatens our worth as persons, and the time it saves us reveals only the meaninglessness of life around us. People live longer but fear growing old, they worship sex but fear getting pregnant. Counselors, clinics, and agencies abound, but the divorce rate soars and youth lose their way. Symbolic of it all is nuclear weaponry which, with each advance in technology, makes the world less secure. Human solutions, which once rose like a Phoenix from the ases of the past, return like Harpies to prey upon us! James Edwards


    Were bondage to decay the only thing the world knew, or its final state, then despair would be the only possible result. But creation has been given the promise that it will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God


    That the groanings of creation will one day open up to the glory of sonship is a certainty not based on rational observation but on claiming the promise of God in faith.


    Powerful.

    4 comments:

    jazzycat said...

    Romans 8 eh,
    Quote from the Jazzycat photo commentary on Romans 8:20:
    While many secular humanists believe that man can make everything right in this world for humans and animals, the Bible reveals that this is wishful thinking. Praise God that the creation will be renewed one day by God and the animals and deer will be a thing of beauty to behold.

    Robert Rogland said...

    My name is Robert Rogland. Swordbearer is using my name to post. I did not post the two postings attributed to me. I agree with them, but they are not mine, and I can't believe there are two Robert Roglands.

    swordbearer said...

    I'll go back and check my references. (No intent to slander or falsely attribute statements here... As you see, I'm in SUPPORT of the statements!)

    I pulled the quotations from one of the commentaries I used in my study of Romans. I'll check my references as it's possible I could have unintentionally attributed the statements to the wrong author. If so, I'll note the error and correct it.

    Just out of interest, are you the Robert Rogland who has written a commentary on Romans? If so, I'm grateful for your commentary and we're certainly honored to have you visit our blog.

    swordbearer said...

    In reviewing my notes, the quotes posted were from James Edwards instead of Robert Rogland. My apologies. The original post has been corrected to reflect this change. Thanks Robert for pointing this out.

    Again, if you are the author of Romans: A Study Manual, P&R, 1988, I appreciate your work and am glad to have your book on my shelf. :)