RIP Mr Jobs

Steve Jobs, een van die stigters van Apple, is gisteraand oorlede aan kanker op die ouderdom van 56. Of jy hou van Apple produkte of nie, die impak wat hy gehad het op die tegnologie arena is massief – omtrent elke persoonlike elektroniese produk in jou besit het tot ‘n mindere of meerdere mate ‘n ontwerpselement by Apple geleën. Jobs het ‘n maatskappy in die moeilikheid gelei na een van die mees waardevolle handelsname te wereld.

Hier is van Jobs se woorde (tydens ‘n baie bekende toespraak by Stanford) aangaande die einde van ‘n lewe en die impak wat dit moet hê op jou dag tot dag:

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

Die hartseer woorde van iemand wat toe nie die waarheid van Jesus begryp nie.  Hoe kyk mens na die deur ‘n Christen se bril? Lees die brief deur Mike Anderson as gedenk, en vir insig..

“Steve, you were wrong. So wrong. 

Death isn’t natural. It wasn’t meant to be that way. Death is the worst thing that happened, not the best. Paul tells us in Romans 6:23 that death is the result of sin.”

Lees die res: Dear Steve

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Sermon Hymns: The Gospel of Jesus Christ

Ruim ‘n tydjie in en kyk hierdie video. Dit is sonder enige twyfel die 11 minuute werd.

– vanaf Sermon Hymns

Rob Bell – Love Wins & The “h” – Word

With the eminent release of Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins, a “brouhaha” has been raging. Most of the conservative Christian bloggers commented on the video released concerning the new book. (http://vimeo.com/20272585)

The issue in question is universalism, def: “theological doctrine that all human beings will eventually be saved” – Merriam Webster. The issue has attracted criticism from many a pastor and prominent bloggers amongst which are Justin Taylor, Kevin DeYoung, Mark Driscoll and John Piper.

Justin Taylor in Rob Bell: Universalist

John Piper’s Twitter message: “Farewell Rob Bell. http://dsr.gd/fZqmd8

Mark Driscoll’s Twitter message: “You deserve hell. Everything else is a gift.

Kevin DeYoung in Two Thoughts on the Rob Bell Brouhaha:

“We don’t have to guess if Bell will say something dreadfully, horribly, disgracefully wrong.

He already has.”

These comments from well respected leaders in the Christian community has also attracted many comments from outside the Christian community, including CNN Firestorm Grows of “Christian Heresy” book and Huffington Post (here).

A helpful, insightful blog post by Reid Monaghan is worth the read, How You Flow Does Matter…

Central to Reformed, Protestant Christian belief is the reality of sin, of hell (Matthew 25:46 “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.“) and thus the understanding of the goodness of God (John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“).

 

‘n Afgod?

Een van die tien gebooie is dat ‘n Christen nie ‘n afgod mag hê nie. Wat goed en wel is as mens dit sien in die lig van die aanbidding van beeldjies van Buddha, een van die Hindu gode of  vreemde maskers op jou mure. Die ander populêre manier om dit te interpreteer is dat jy nie geld jou alles maak nie. Dit dek omtrent die algemene verstaan van afgoddery, maar is dit waarvan die Bybel praat?

N.T. Wright het ‘n baie duidelike verduideliking van dit wat hy sien ‘n afgod is:

“Christians are not defined by skin colour, by gender, by geographical location, or even, shockingly, by their good behaviour. Nor are they defined by the particular type of religious feelings they may have. They are defined in terms of the god they worship. That’s why we say the Creed at the heart of our regular liturgies: we are defined as the people who believe in this god. All other definitions of the church are open to distortion. We need theology, we need doctrine, because if we don’t have it something else will come in to take its place. And any other defining marks of the church will move us in the direction of idolatry.”

Let op dat Wright nie sê dat mense erken word aan die afgode wat hul aanbid nie, maar dat Christenne erken word aan die god wat hul aanbid.  Is die God wat jy aanbid die ware God en hoe weet jy? Die Bybel bespreek die ware God in diepte, dit is tog ‘n openbaring van God. God het dit gegee sodat ons Hom kan leer ken. Tel Knowing God van J.I. Packer op en sien presies in hoe groot detail die Bybel die ware God aan ons bekend maak.

Mark Driscoll bespreek die onderwerp in meer detail in die blog What Is Idolatry? en daarin gee hy die volgende raad om teen idolatry te staan:

  • Be careful of making a good thing, such as marriage, sex, children, health, success, or financial stability, an ultimate thing, or what Jesus called our “treasure.”
  • Avoid participating in any religious community where the clear truth claims of Scripture are ignored while contemplative and mystical practices are favored simply for their spiritual experience.
  • Be careful of any church or ministry wherein acts of mercy and environmental stewardship are devoid of a theology of the cross and wind up being little more than the worship of created people and things.
  • And be careful not to worship a good thing as a god thing for that is a bad thing.

Does God Get Disappointed in Believers When We Disobey? – David Powlison

Die Heiligheid van God (Looking Beyond Shadows)

God het Homself aan elkeen van ons gewys en uit onsself, as ons aan onsself oorgelaat word, teen dit inskop. Dit is vir ons so maklik om eerder God te verklein in iets wat Hy nie is nie, en dit is die wortel van afgodery. Ons verander God in iets wat ons pas.

Hierdie is die idee wat Tim Challies bespreek in sy studie van Dr RC Sproul se The Holiness of God.

Die probleem met ons is nie dat ons nie weet, of ‘n idee het van God en wie Hy is nie, maar eerder dat ons weier om dit te glo. Dit is weereens die oneerlikheid met onsself wat lei tot die aanbidding van ‘n afgod. DIe heiligheid van God is nie iets wat Hy wegsteek nie, dis sigbaar vir almal, nie net vir ‘n paar super-heiliges nie. Sproul stel dit so:

…The knowledge of God that is given through creation is not a knowledge we warmly receive and embrace. Instead it is our nature to abhor this knowledge of God’s holiness. It is characteristic of the reprobate mind not to want to retain God in our knowledge. We prefer to change the holy into something less than holy. It is this rejection of God’s majesty that leaves us with minds that are darkened. It results in a massive foolishness that has disastrous consequences for our lives. Once we refuse to honor God as God, our whole view of life and the world becomes distorted.

Challies vertel dan hoe Sproul aan die einde van die stuk die fokus verskuif na dit wat God waarlik is: goedheid, skoonheid en waarheid. Challies vertel hoe hy bid en dankie sê dat God is wie Hy is en vir ons wys wie Hy is.

Sproul verwoord die perfektheid van God, soos hy dit sien en God dit vir ons wys:

God’s perfection applies to all of His attributes. His power is perfect; it has no weaknesses or any possibility of weakness. His knowledge is not only omniscient but reflects prefect omniscience. There is nothing that God does not know or that He could possibly learn. Some modern theologians have tried to declare that God is omniscient but that His omniscience is a limited omniscience. They assert that God knows everything He can possibly known, but He does not and cannot know certain things, especially the future decisions of free agents. But a limited omniscience is simply not omniscience. And it is not perfect. This view of a limited omniscience robs God of His holy omniscience, which is a perfect omniscience. God’s love, His wrath, His mercy—all that He is—is perfect. Not only is He perfect, but He is eternally and immutably so. There never was a time when God was less than perfect, and there is no possibility that in the future He may slip into any kind of imperfection. What has been with God will be so forever. His perfection is immutable. It cannot change.

Laat ons gebed dan wees om waarlik aan wie God is vas te hou EN dit nie net te verstaan of sien nie, maar dit te glo.

Creed

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin.
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before during
and after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that adultery is fun.
We believe that sodomy’s OK
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated.
You can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes,
UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man just like Buddha
Mohammed and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think
his good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same,
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of
creation sin heaven hell God and salvation.

We believe that after death comes The Nothing
because when you ask the dead what happens
they say Nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied,
then it’s compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan.

We believe in Masters and Johnson.
What’s selected is average.
What’s average is normal.
What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between
warfare and bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behaviour that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth
that is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will readjust. History will alter.
We believe that there is no absolute truth
excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds.
And the flowering of individual thought.

If chance be
the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man
worshipping his maker.

 

Steve Turner