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Just seems appropriate at the moment.

“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth

It is amazing how such little things as the Pope’s encyclical can disquiet me so. I suspect the fact I have just lost my father-in-law, and now my paternal grandmother, is more of the cause of the disquiet.

Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah

I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

For they are like a breath of air; their days are like a passing shadow.

Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.

While preparing to discuss the Tower of Babel story with the kids today, Mary mentioned something that got me looking. I Googled it. I see lots of plays with meanings and styles, and none of it convinces me at all. When I see a discontinuity is anything written, I expect to be able to find a reason. If there is a device, I should be able to tell.

If there is an error, well, let’s just admit it. For instance, 1Chron18:4 {7,000 horsemen} vs. 2Sam8:4 {1,700 horsemen} or 1Chron19:18 {the men of 7,000 chariots} vs. 2Sam10:18 {men of 700 chariots}. It is discouraging to see writers contort and rationalize and speculate to avoid simply admitting an error. I mean, when two accounts contradict, one is wrong. It is presumptuous to assume you know which was correct, and ridiculous to rationalize the error with some sort of omitted detail, especially when the detail is ridiculous itself.

I think when we say that God is truth, and that God cannot lie, then we MUST stay committed to truth and facts. We cannot rationalize and make excuses. Read the rest of this entry »

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