‘The glory of Christ has no weight while ever it is only present in your imagination and your mind; but when it reaches your will, the true weight of glory pours into your soul. The solid weight and gravity of God’s glory is activated by obedience.’
(George MacDonald, The Hope of The Gospel, Sunrise Books, 1989)
Flowering In The Light
‘Free will is an attraction to truth the way a flower is attracted to light.’* The more you bend your free will towards the darkness (of your lower self) the more the flower wilts and the less free will you have—hence the frustration, the desperation and sameness when we choose the dark of self-will at all costs.
*quote taken from Jean Vanier in his you-tube talk on ‘Big Questions’
This morning as I was eating brekky I found another great insight from CH Dodd.
‘The devils in Pandemonium, “Reasoned high,
Of providence, foreknowledge, will and fate;
Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute;
And found no end in wandering mazes lost.”5
‘It is doubtful whether the human intellect has been more successful in solving the problems. Yet discuss we must … Augustine and Calvin after him had this profound intuition of the electing grace of God, but they both, and especially the latter, made the mistake of erecting upon it a rigid dogmatic system, and thereby laid snares for the feet of believers. The best commentators upon this passage are not the theologians but the greater hymn writers of the church. We shall read it best, not with an eye to logical implications and philosophical problems, but with a mind receptive of the tremendous affirmation that our salvation is rooted in the depths of God.’6
5 Milton, Paradise Lost
6 Dodd C. H. The Epistle to The Romans p.140-141 (commenting on Romans 8:29-30) The Moffatt NT Commentary – Hodder & Stoughton. 1947
‘Sex is serious in many ways, but in other ways it is very unserious. It reminds us of our middle state, not exactly angels but not just animals either. The act of love is a “Pagan sacrament”, as Sky-Father and Earth-Mother. One aspect of marriage that needs stressing today is the man’s responsibility in it. In neither the “Pagan sacrament” of sex nor the Christian fulfillment in marriage is the crown the man wears capable of being lorded over the woman: in the pagan sacrament it is as a crown of paper, like a party hat. In the Christian institution of marriage it is more like a crown of thorns.’*
* Lewis C. S. Four Loves (chapter on Eros)
quoted at, http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lahtid/literature/contempeng/cslewis/fourloves.htm