Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Notes from the study

All of human accountability and responsibility before God is grounded in the first instance in creation. He made us, and we owe him. If we do not recognize this simple truth, then, according to the Bible, that blindness is itself a mark of how alienated from him we are. (p. 26)

Jesus does condemn the kind of judgment that is judgmental, self-righteous, or hypocritical. He condemns such judgment repeatedly and roundly. But there is no way on God's green earth that he is condemning moral discernment or the priority of truth. (p. 136)

The heart of evil, according tho the entire storyline of the Bible, is the broken relationship with God that sets up idols that de-god him. This results in destroying the beauty and goodness of the created order. The heart of all evil is not Auschwitz, as unimaginably evil as it is. The heart of all evil is first of all human beings, you and me, wanting to go our own way and disowning the God who has made us. (p. 171)

-D.A. Carson, The God Who Is There

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