Why Not Quote the Bible?

Tim Challies signs off many of his posts with some warm and fuzzy thought from a Reformed or evangelical person of standing. Today’s came from Burk Parson’s:

We should more quickly doubt our love for our own children than doubt God’s love for us.

Aside from lacking, as Mencken might say, bite and zowie, what are readers supposed to do with these? Isn’t Bible memorization a good thing? Don’t Bible verses express such sentiments without sentimentalism?

Let’s try this instead:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Paul of Tarsus

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9 thoughts on “Why Not Quote the Bible?

  1. I John 2:19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. However, they went out so that it might be made clear that none of them belongs to us

    I John 4: 5 They are from the world. Therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us. Anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.

    I John 5: 12 The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have the Son of God does not have life.

    https://sojo.net/magazine/january-february-2002/tonto-principle#sthash.k0A7MdsG.dpuf

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  2. Mr. Challies is also out of touch. Parental sacrifice of children to the parents’ own ambition and lust is the new normal in our culture. If parental steadfastness were the foundation of our trust in God, we would indeed be of all men most miserable.

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  3. Sheesh. Who comes up with this drivel?

    “My prayer is more assuredly heard of God, than I feel in my heart that I desire these things of him.”

    Some dude named Bear.

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  4. WenatcheeTheHatchet
    Posted September 16, 2015 at 12:15 am | Permalink
    Why quote Buck Parsons when there’s Isaiah 49:15

    Wenatchee the Hatchet, who helped bring Mark Driscoll down bigtime. Awesome who you meet around here! Awesome cite:

    “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

    Dan Reuter
    Posted September 15, 2015 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
    Mr. Challies is also out of touch. Parental sacrifice of children to the parents’ own ambition and lust is the new normal in our culture. If parental steadfastness were the foundation of our trust in God, we would indeed be of all men most miserable.

    Besides people aborting their babies, I’ve found that among the people who have wrecked their lives [most of ’em here in LA*, and when I lived in the Twilight Zone of Miami before that], the one thing they didn’t regret about their failed marriages was the kids, if any.

    Yah. But talking about God in terms of being our real father might really strike a chord with many parents. It might be the way through. Absent the really showy miracles–healing cripples, raising from the dead–is there a greater miracle than parenthood?

    I ran across an argument from Aquinas just the other day about “inequality” as part of God’s plan:

    Equality is the cause of equality in mutual love. Yet between those who are unequal there can be a greater love than between equals; although there be not an equal response: for a father naturally loves his son more than a brother loves his brother; although the son does not love his father as much as he is loved by him.

    The cause of inequality could be on the part of God; not indeed that He would punish some and reward others, but that He would exalt some above others; so that the beauty of order would the more shine forth among men. Inequality might also arise on the part of nature as above described, without any defect of nature.

    This rings true with

    We should more quickly doubt our love for our own children than doubt God’s love for us.

    Dr. Hart goes bah, humbug

    Let’s try this instead:

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,

    “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
    we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

    No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Paul of Tarsus

    but that’s kind of a drag. Yeah, yeah, we’re all sheep to be slaughtered when push comes to shove–although you sort of always get out of the way and let the Kim Davises take the heat–but with

    “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

    Mr. Hatchet bests Prosecutor Fundamentalis bigtime here. Buck Parsons is not only acquitted of Dr. Hart’s charge, let him depart with the thanks of the court.

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    *Rita Rudner: “In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk.”

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  5. Of course, presumption is no mockery in your post, DG, and also no impartiality, so I look forward to
    a) you scolding Bible-quote-mocking comments
    b) your exhortation to speak more comments in Bible-quotes-only here
    c)your own use of Bible quotes to support your thoughts
    !

    that quote brings in several ideas (more than one Bible verse and a prayer prompt, right?)
    -trusting God’s more perfect love and rejecting our propensity to overestimate our own love’s purity and our own understanding and our own self-reliance; whereby when we don’t, we doubt God and know better than Him, perhaps especially related to pain and hardship allowed in our children’s lives

    If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Matt 7:11

    that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Eph 3:16 -19

    btw, also appreciated reading more about who Burk Parsons is after you highlighted him.

    and btw too, today’s quote is a good one, DG :
    one of these days you may be unable to get rid of those habits which you are now forming. —C.H. Spurgeon

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  6. “We should more quickly doubt our love for our own children than doubt God’s love for us.”

    But it has marvelous pretzeline virtues:.”Hmmm, supposed to love children…love God…believe God loves me…doubt love for children = more belief in God’s love…don’t love children more…supposed to love children….”

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