The perennial temptation is to creep under the angel's flaming sword, to try to create a heaven on earth. The two most popular forms of this are the Oriental form of ignoring real physical evils by creating a mystical inner paradise through yoga and mediation, and the Western form of ignoring real spiritual evils by building a technological heaven on earth. Both are doomed to failure, of course, the failure is the greatest not when it is obvious, and leads to repentance, but when the failure is masked by apparent success. The thorns and thistles are sent to jolt us awake and remind us of our necessities, of where we are, of the battlefield. Since the peace we are seeking comes from God alone, "Woe to those who cry 'Peace! Peace!' when there is no peace" (Jer 6:14).
Monday, October 4, 2010
Quote: You Can Understand the Bible
Peter Kreeft in You Can Understand The Bible: A Practical And Illuminating Guide To Each Book In The Bible: