Friday, October 10, 2008

In the Beginning Was the Word

This is really cool:

The pope announced last week that he would begin a televised reading of all 73 books of the bible beginning yesterday. Spare me notes arguing about the number of books in the bible - I’m not going to get mired down in apologetics - and just stick with me.

So, think about it - right now GOING OUT OVER THE AIR - from Rome, is The Word. In its entirety, whole and complete, without any books tossed aside or neglected....

This is a battle. There are things seen and unseen. Right now we see a battle being played out, politically, economically and socially.

But there is another battle being played out as well - all around us, borne on the invisible air. I think Benedict is brilliant in doing this. The Word being breathed into the air, unabridged, and the Holy Spirit rides on the breath. This is very cool.

I know the Protestants reading this blog disagree with the Pope and the Anchoress about the number of books in the canon, but I think we can agree on the main point: God's Word has power:
Pope Benedict XVI today said that the global credit crisis shows that the world’s financial systems are “built on sand” and that only the works (sic) of God have “solid reality”.

… ”He who builds only on visible and tangible things like success, career and money builds the house of his life on sand”. He added: ”We are now seeing, in the collapse of major banks, that money vanishes, it is nothing. All these things that appear to be real are in fact secondary. Only God’s words are a solid reality”.

If you follow the link, you'll see that the Anchoress also has some good thoughts on what to pray for in these crazy days with the financial system in a mess and the election coming up. Read the whole thing!

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