Know what and why you believe

A significant quote for your perusal:

Richard John Neuhaus died on January 8, 2009. He posited this idea,

I’ll presume to call it Neuhaus’s Law: Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed.

Undoubtedly we live in challenging times when much of what has been considered “true” and foundational for civilisation for centuries is now not only questioned but ridiculed. The consideration for believers is quite simple, “do you know what you believe, and do you know why you believe it?”

1 Corinthians 10:12, (NIV)

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

“They gave him a cross, not guessing that he would make it a throne”

Recently I heard this quote from James Stewart. It is sensational! My favourite line is,

They gave him a cross, not guessing that he would make it a throne.

Here is the quote in full.

“It is a glorious phrase of the New Testament, that ‘he led captivity captive.’ 

The very triumphs of His foes, it means, he used for their defeat. He compelled their dark achievements to sub-serve his end, not theirs.

They nailed him to the tree, not knowing that by that very act they were bringing the world to his feet.

They gave him a cross, not guessing that he would make it a throne.

They flung him outside the gates to die, not knowing that in that very moment they were lifting up all the gates of the universe, to let the King of Glory come in.

They thought to root out his doctrines, not understanding that they were implanting imperishably in the hearts of men the very name they intended to destroy.

They thought they had defeated God with His back the wall, pinned and helpless and defeated: they did not know that it was God Himself who had tracked them down.

He did not conquer in spite of the dark mystery of evil. He conquered through it.”

James Stewart (1896–1990)