"My soul proclaims my King my only Lord
My soul proclaims the Lord my salvation
He has mercy on those who fear Him
From generation to generation

Casting down those who would claim thrones
He lifts the low
He has brought comfort to the needy
And freed the rich of what is empty

O my soul, my soul, my soul
You are Holy, wholly, my whole life
For the lowly, the lambs, he breaks the empires knife

He has come to Israel with mercy
A promise to all His children, forever”

The Bible is not the Word of God. It never refers to itself as such. According to the New Testament, Jesus is the Word of God. The Word of God is a person, not a collection of texts. The documents that make up the Bible contain words of God and inspired words about God written by people who encountered God in various ways. The grand mistake made over the last 500 years has been to substitute the text for the Word. This inevitably leads to a well-intentioned Phariseeism, a subtle idolatry. It can also, paradoxically, lead to a reluctance to honestly and rigorously examine the scriptural texts.
David Bowie - Rock 'N' Roll Suicide

Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide -David Bowie

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What means do you use in order to carry out your occupation? Are the means as important to you as the end, wholly as important? Otherwise it is impossible for you to will only one thing, for in that case the irresponsible, the frivolous, the self-seeking, and the heterogeneous means would flow in between in confusing and corrupting fashion. Eternally speaking, there is only one means and there is only one end: the means and the end are one and the same thing. There is only one end: the genuine Good; and only one means: this, to be willing only to use those means which genuinely are good — but the genuine Good is precisely the end. In time and on earth one distinguishes between the two and considers that the end is more important than the means. One thinks that the end is the main thing and demands of one who is striving that he reach the end. He need not be so particular about the means. Yet this is not so, and to gain an end in this fashion is an unholy act of impatience. In the judgment of eternity the relation between the end and the means is rather the reverse of this.

Ceremony -New Order

All language about God is ultimately mysterious, but that is no excuse for sloppy or wooly thinking.
N.T. Wright, in Simply Christian (via thebelovedservant)
mewithoutYou - Nice and Blue
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