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Total Depravity and the Imago Dei

While I would agree that the doctrines of grace are axiomatic to biblical interpretation, I am curious as to the best articulation of Total Depravity. Total Depravity expresses the reality that all areas of life are tainted by sin. Since the Fall of Adam, natural man is entirely influenced by sin. This depravity is expressed in different degrees for different individuals. Thus the murderer and the mystic are both totally depraved, yet their depravity may exist in varying degrees of depth. The question is, Does total depravity posit that no unbeliever will demonstrate a 'seeking' of God? (though never to find him outside of Christ). Does it argue that the works, thoughts, and art of the natural man are worthless in aiding us to know God? For example, can a pagan paint a picture that is 'God-reflecting'? Can an agnostic express philosophical truth clearly enough that it actually helps Christians to better understand God? Can a musician who knows nothing of Christ's at

A Thought about Thinking, a little tribute to Chesterton

I have to offer another quote. Sorry, I've been reading GK Chesterton and I just love this guy. I'll try to supply the context after, "...the modern man fancies he has reached supreme culture because he opens his intellect...There is one odd aspect of the man with this sort of open is that being thus gaping and helpless, he is really brutal and oppressive. he tyrannises; he forces on all other men his own insolent indecision. He forbids his followers to come to any conclusion till he has done so. He will allow no one else to find the truth...He is the worst tyrant that the world has seen; he is the persecuting sceptic. He is the man who has held up the whole world now for over a hudred years." (London Times Oct 16, 1909) His point is very simple. One who tries to forever remain an 'open mind' is one who can never actually come to a decision. For example to be open-minded when it comes to say abortion, or euthenasia, or Reformed theo

Abandon hope all who enter here?

CS Lewis described hell, "I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside . I do not mean that the ghosts may not wish to come out of hell, in the vague fashion wherein an envious man ‘wishes’ to be happy: but they certainly do not will even the first preliminary stages of that self-abandonment through which alone the soul can reach any good. They enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded, and are therefore self-enslaved ” (C S Lewis, The Problem of Pain). In other words, those in Hell would rather be there then in glory. I like the concept, but I'm not sure about it. Is hell a place where people are running further and further into God-forsakenness, or is hell a place where people are beating on the door of Heaven agonizing over their God-forsakenness? It's not a moot question: Do we present the gospel as a 'last chance' before eternal regret? Or is an unbeliever'

An Ode to time

Time Time is elusive, how would you define That which is intangible, unheard, unsigned It cannot be stopped, it will not be slowed down Measure it we may, but heedless to bound Time crashes on, like a raging tide Undiminished by man along for the ride Some try to waste it, others to kill it Wise men redeem it, fools try to still it The Old recognize Time’s fearful rage Young wish to contain it with porous cage Time marches on, like a soldier brave Unwounded by men who eternity crave Time turns an infant into a child A child becomes a boy, reckless and wild Boy will be man and man will be old Then comes the death-dew merciless cold Time races on like an athlete in field Unfettered by man who to it must yield Birth, life, death, sorrow, Time sees them all ‘You can not stop me!’ its harrowing call Chase it you may, but soon you will fail Vanishing, nimble, it hides in its veil Time soars intently, like an eagle with prey Unchallenged by men, by night or by day Then comes a man, a