LOCAL OR GLOBAL?
THE EXTENT OF THE FLOOD
From the point of
view of the course of human history, this Flood was either a
local incident or a total break in the thread of man's cultural
development. Present reconstructions of prehistoric times make
no allowance for it. What really did happen?
FLOOD TRADITIONS OF THE WORLD
This collection of Flood traditions (some 140) from all over the world are "variations on a theme" (with one exception). While each tradition emphasizes one particular aspect (though omitting others), by putting them all together the total event of the biblical account has been preserved. The implications of this are discussed.
THE PROBLEM OF EVIL:
SOME LITTLE-CONSIDERED PHYSICAL ASPECTS
The problem of suffering
seems beyond us. Everywhere men, women and children, innocent
and guilty alike, suffer unbelievable hardships. Disease, disaster,
earthquakes, typhoons, war, oppression, etc., hourly add their
awful total to history until one wonders whether God is still
in his heaven, whether He cares. And we question the goodness
and mercy of God ‹ even his sovereignty.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
in Scripture seem to be simply matter-of-fact ‹ like Adam
being asked to name the animals. But to people of other cultures
this is a significant act, and its significance is profound. In
our culture a word or name identifies the thing or person.
In most other cultures the name is much more. The name IS the
thing or person, his very soul. Wrapped up in it is the nature,
the significance, the power, the very identity of what is named.
To know a name is to have power over what is named. To change
a name is to change one's nature; new experiences require new
names. Many passages in Scripture reflect this attitude.
AS PART OF THE CURSE
Scripture has very
little to say about sweating, but what it does say is remarkably
significant ‹ a significance apparent to the author whose
research involved the physiology of sweating.
True worship, even when practiced
corporately, is a voluntary, personal, and private act. The achievement
of the Lord's presence may be assisted by such external factors
as beauty, the music, the form of the service. While these externals
are designed to help, they may just as often hinder the achievement
of corporate worship. On the other hand, lack of these
things does not assure achievement either.
This Paper is made up of selections from a journal which the author had kept for some forty years of the Lord's faithfulness in answering his prayers. He notes a progression from the early specific requests to the 'conversation' with God of later years. But it is more than simply a personal testimony ‹ and so inspiring ‹ for it can also serve as a guide on prayer.
What is it that
qualifies a serious work as Christian rather than merely
scholarly? It is here suggested that the hallmark of Christian
scholarship is not that it states the Truth (which any scholarly
work certainly ought to do) but that it faces up to the Christian
implications of the truths presented.
1979 published by Zondervan Publishing Co.