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Thursday, May 01, 2014


So I'm off Facebook, and here is my second blog entry in two days.


So, productivity is instantly up, plus, I have found better online entertainment. I've rediscovered James Lileks website, and it is glorious! He has retooled the thousands of pages For The Future!

Lileks is a Midwest moderate who smokes cigars, and digs good movies, bad movies, and has a Thing for chasing down Production Music. I hereby evangelise for him yet again. He isn't Pacific Rim, but he's good!
My mood is better, not being faced with political binary imbecility. I have a show planned for tonight. I may rant some more about the venality of Facebook (FB is Alex Jones to my Glenn Beck, but that's a different rant). Beck is a sucker for Continuing Revelation, which nowadays makes one a sucker for subjective feewings-oriented religious experience. Re: subjective religion-if you say that you have seen an angel on a green bicycle, who has revealed to you What the Seven Thunders Said in the Revelation, I cannot say with any authority that you did not have an experience. I can with some certainty tell you that what you saw was a phony:

3and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices. 4When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them."…(Rev10:3-4)

Herein is the importance of the objective Word of God: it rides herd on our subjective experiences, our dyspeptic revelations, our opinions. IF the Bible is the Word of God, then we must read with understanding, and then bow the knee to the instruction that we receive. In my meditations, in my prayer-time, I may receive impressions, or communications, or insights into Christian living. Those insights may be valid, or they may be the product of my heart, which Jeremiah defines as deceptive. I must submit these ideas, these feelings, these opinions to the discipline of the Word of God. If they do not line up with the Word (and this is why it is important to have read it, to have an acquaintance with ALL of it - even Habakkuk!) I must reject them. Did I experience them? Certainly! Are they valid spiritual counsel or guideposts? Not so much. Blaming the Ho-o-o-o-o-ly Spirit on the results of my own angst, wishful thinking, or late-night indulgence in kitchen-sink pizzas is Not According to Hoyle. My understanding runs thusly: The Spirit of God has encoded God's revelation into the Bible. He then enlightens us as to the truth that we need as we read, earnestly seeking what God has in mind for us. He does not deviate from God's will as encoded in His Word, for how could God contradict Himself? Therefore, and revelation or feeling that is contradictory to the counsel of the Word of God is suspect.

An interesting take on the phenomenon of "Holy Ghost Law" HERE.

See what happens when I don't have to swim upstream?


Michael W said...

"So I'm off Facebook . . ."

Congratulations on rejoining the human race. Just don't expect to be loved. "Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em." (Jack Nicholson, Easy Rider)

Michael W said...

"Lileks is a Midwest moderate who smokes cigars, and digs good movies, bad movies, and has a Thing for chasing down Production Music."

Obviously a good boy.