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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Patience

"Patience is better than wisdom. An ounce of patience is better than a pound of brains. All men praise patience but few enough can practice it; it is a medicine which is good for all diseases, and therefore every old woman recommends it: but it is not every garden that grows the herbs to make it with. When one's flesh and bones are full of aches and pains, it is as natural for us to murmur as it for a horse to shake his head when the flies tease him, or a wheel to rattle when a spoke is loose; but nature should not be the rule with Christians. Or what is their religion worth?

~ Charles Spurgeon
(John Ploughman's Talk)

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Importance of the Battle of Salamis

How important is the Battle of Salamis?


If Persia had wiped out Athens at the Battle of Salamis, Persia would likely have destroyed much of the influence Greek culture had on the western world in politics, religion, economics, and the arts.
There will be a series of possible negative and positive consequences that might have followed from a Persian victory or loss. A Persian victory would probably have slowed both democracy and equality. It might have sped upeconomic growth because of its trade with China. It was tolerant of other religions, so it might have encouraged secularism and suppressed intolerant religions like Islam. Its victory might have strengthened northern European paganism and blocked the creation of England and the United States.

What might have happened if the Persians won:

1. Later Roman government would be more tyrannical.
2. Christianity would never become a state religion of the Roman Empire.
3. Slavery would not be abolished until much later.
4. French and Russian revolutions would never have happened.
5. Woman would have never been able to vote.
6. The Industrial Revolution would happen a few centuries earlier.
7. Islam would never rise to a major world religion.
8. England and the U.S. would never arise.
9. The language of the U.S. would be Scandinavian.
10. Christianity would remain a small, marginal faith, as it was in the first century.
11. Shakespeare, novels, and film would not exist.
12. The center of the Christian faith would be in Tehran, Iran.
13. The Reformation never would have taken place.
14. Modern technology would arise a few centuries earlier.

What would have happened if the Persians lost the war, which in fact they did:

1. Later Roman government was less tyrannical.
2. Christianity became a state religion of the Roman Empire.
3. Slavery was abolished when it was.
4. French and Russian revolutions happened.
5. Women got to vote when they did.
6. Industrial Revolution happens when it did.
7. Islam rises to a major world religion.
8. England and the U.S. arise as they did.
9. The language of the U.S. is English.
10. Christianity rises to become a major world religion.
11. Shakespeare, novels, and films exist.
12. The center of medieval Christianity is Rome, Italy.
13. The Reformation takes place.
14. Modern technology arises as it did.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Courage

       To live courageously demands wholehearted commitment. Some Christians profess to have the courage to die for Christ, but they lack the courage to live daily for him...... Courage is not just the force behind spectacular public acts. It is also the motivation to carry out private deeds hardly noticeable to others.

--BJU Press - Explorations in Literature







Friday, 23 November 2012

I'm Not Alone

I'm not alone, though others go,
A different way from what I chose;
I'm not alone, though I say "No!"
I know that I will never lose.
I'm not alone though others tease
And urge that I should go their way;
I'm not alone though I displease
My friends by what I'll never say.
I'm not alone, for I now choose-
Though other folks may call me odd,
Tho' now it seems that I might lose-
To go the way that Jesus trod.
 
 
                                                 L. E. Dunkin