Month: January 2013

Sam, Michael and Anna

Once upon a time there were three children called Sam, Michael and Anna. Now these children were best friends and all went to the same school. One day it was RE. Today Miss T. Ollertant was teaching about Buddhism. She told the class that Buddhism was the best religion because it said that good things happened to nice people, and if you were really nice you would go to a special place. Miss T. Ollerant did not like Christianity because she thought that it was unfair. Why should she not get into heaven, she was very nice and had had a lot to put up with – many cheeky little kids for one. Miss. T Ollerant had prepared a new activity, she wanted all of the children to sit cross legged and repeat magical words. This was just harmless stuff – humm, humm, and so forth. “Sit down and assume the position,” she said. Now Sam, Michael and Anna didn’t want to do this. It looked like magic and they were told in Sunday school that magic was wrong. They were also told that there was only one true way to God, that was through doing what Jesus told you and believing that he had died in your place. So they refused to obey, and stood together. Miss Ollerant was furious. “Why are you not joing in, sit down...

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Agents/recipients of wrath

There are many examples in the Old Testament of people and nations being instruments of God’s justice only to find themselves later rebuked or destroyed themselves. Jehu –  After destroying Ahab’s family (2 Kings 9,10) which seemed at the time to be accomplishing the purposes of God. We are later told that punishment will come to Jehu’s house because of this  (Hos 1:4). Assyria – At one time instruments of wrath for punishing sinful Israel (Amos 2,3,9; Isa 10) are later to suffer judgement (Nahum, whole book). Babylon – Again, used to punish Israel but will also suffer punishment. ...

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