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DEPARTMENT OF BIBLE AND SPIRITUAL AFFAIRS
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson
Published by World Wide Web Witness Inc.
The tenth book in this set of volumes called Department of Bible and Spiritual Affairs concentrates on its topic, matters of biblical focus and attention amid the striving cultures of this world, like a platform of rock, nestling in a precipice, sitting on a tower of strength, enabling survey in safety.
It remains alike pondering the developments of our race as it rushes to its forlorn conclusion, for most, and its exalted culmination and crescendo for those who follow the lines of salvation, and inhabit their new and eternal home.
It is well to keep up to date in some of these things, and to continue to realise their place in the long line of biblical prophecies and principles, as expected outcomes group like marauding forces, and deliverances come amid extending mayhem. It is good to be able to testify of the matters of the Lord in this way, and praise be to Him for the opportunity!
Chapters 10, 12 and 14 deal with creation, scientific method, collateral conceptions, antithesis, antinomy and the absurd, Ch. 15 deals with the personal application and its own ramifications and reason, with the purity available to the human heart, and the proliferations and profligacy to which it becomes vulnerable, without Christ. Ch. 13 gives organisation of data. Ch. 16 meets the topic of distortions and defilement, delight and design, deliverance and obliterative obstinacy of heart (as in II Chronicles 36, prior to Israel's great devastation in A.D. 586). It ponders options that do not work, and truth that alone does.
Ch. 1 deals with a defiled ultimate in some Islamic 'tutoring', a classic in inhumane terrorising even of the very young, to make for conformity to what is neither understood or wanted.
Ch. 2 deals with an opposite, creation, where wonders are laid down. Is there a "Reformed" position on creation ? It is sad that the Reformation, having done a ton of good, and correction, then comes to be regarded, like the snake on a pole symbol used to conquer a plague by divine authorisation in the days of Moses, almost as an object of worship itself! Thus the deliverance becomes a new debauch! Sadly unsound developments in this field are exposed, and contrasted with biblical accuracy and seen in their doctrinal divestment re-run, in much one more escape into clouded, illicit and man-made confusion of his own ideas with the word of God. That is common on all sides, a virtual theological pandemic, this being no exception.
Ch.3 looks succinctly at the findings of one's labour since 1988, in this theological work, now a set of some 232 volumes, specialising in Biblical Christian Apologetics. Thus in particular, it is well worth noting that the demonstrability of the truth and source in Almighty God of the Bible as His sole, authorised and written testimony to man is confirmed on all sides, as is its inexhaustible capacity to provide basis/data for each challenge or opportunity that arises, so that no problem in principle remains for its resolving power as in this light, one examines the nature of life and of being.
It is this completely provided power at this level which would be stunning, if one had not already by His grace been caused to wake up to the glory of His presentation, first in His written word then in His living Word, Jesus Christ. The word of God written and living, is not only light, but a penetrating resolving dynamic in stature, overview and principle, issues resolved before it through its wisdom, as light puts out darkness.
Ch. 4, which goes with our 2015 Calendar provides a short but well documented coverage of some basic themes facing man at this period of history, their biblical basis and meaning.
Ch. 5 deals with the sheer, sustained dynamic of the historical Jesus Christ, in accord with His status as deity, sent forth on mission from the trinity as in Isaiah 48:15ff., and Psalm 40, and of course John 3, Hosea 13 and Ezekiel 34. Let us be empirical, let us consider both what might be expected of incarnate deity, once only for stated purposes, exhibited in human form to man with confirming data in prophecy and history; and let us THEN marvel at the sheer exuberance of that display, unique to such a sending from such a source.
By contrast, the naturalistic myth which has our limited but real dynamics even as ordinary humans and mortals, to be based on nothing (often in nugatory and nebulous fashion made an exercise in the wonders of nullity given other names): this is the opposite. Just ask for ANY exhibition of definable uniqueness from THAT side, and there is NEVER ONE empirical answer. Nothing is just as much on display in the way of observable evidence as in the source which ine one way or another, it is given for all. It is all an exercise in what is not there, nor given any sustainable name, as an explanation for what is. This is the ultimate in the unscientific, the opposite of reasoning from evidence to cause.
The only multiplicity is of excuses at NON-PERFORMANCE, non visibility, where imagination replaces experimentation, and floating ideas supplant testable laws and logical validity, excluding any form of rationality. Vagueness becomes a virtual god, and observation a non-event. As cited of Professors Lewontin and Dawkins, in the USA and Britain, fixed ideas replace and ignore actual events (the former in asserting a philosophic basis of his choosing above fact, and the latter in having things to be "observed ... though they do not happen when one is there!
The contrast when what IS sufficient is the eternal basis (not needing to pop up or in from nowhere from time to time in the field of imagination), is total, making the naturalistic myth of organic evolution as much a comedy, as was 'The Bourgeois Gentilhomme' by Molière, ever was.
Ch. 6 deals with the Christmas theme, the Babe and the Belligerents, taken through a murderous period of extended history. God, the Creator, has His way for man and man has his various deviations, and this is applied to questions of immigration, tradition, mobility of culture and intimidatory follies through misuse of terms, granting evacuation of Christianity from peoples who have not sought this.
The God of the Bible is not a witless or utterly different imagination, but the Creator of logic in the mind of man, as in the universe outside him, as in the Book of instruction sent, one God, one logic, one testimony without rational competition. Lightly to discard it is like taking arsenic experimentally.
This Chapter is exceedingly extensive in its cover of divine mercy in heart, history and holiness, as in its concentration on the love of God in its depth and action, and shines the light of the word of God into various features with particular foci of fascinating and stirring kind. It is indeed a REVIEW Chapter. The spectacular sovereignty of God and liberty granted to man are seen in their relationship, neither aborted, both uniquely defined in the Bible, itself the source of every comprehensive resolution of man's confused ramblings amid antithesis, antinomy and question begging, and theological harrumphing noisily blotting out the full scope of the word of God on many topics. As it is written, so it meets the case in full: rational, realistic, divinely divulged, effective. In its perspective as always is found the word that counts, the case that covers and the wisdom that endures.
Ch. 8 considers the callow, callous and uncalled for substitutions of evil for good, with special reference to biblical terminology for contrast purposes, and incisive attestation. Ch. 9 looks at II Peter 1 in terms of the growth of the Christian child, its delightful challenge and makes application to those not so young.
Ch. 11 looks at the incisive and decisive message of Habakkuk with attention to a remarkable translation testimony.
Ch. 13 lists major elements in the institution, destitution, means of deliverance and destiny available for mankind in his country, this present world. Through all the items, there is one spiritual eminence, one Inventor, Preceptor, Creator, one only filled with Wisdom. Capable without limitation, He is loving without shadow (cf. James 1:17, John 3, Colossians 1:19ff.), astute, available, awesome and to the pure He is pure, though to the cunning, continuing their way, He is not forthcoming (Psalm 18:26). Repentance is a prelude and reality is a consequence in the renewed mind of those who find Him, who both died and rose that He might be Lord of all (Romans 14:9).
Chapters 10, 12 and 14 deal with creation, scientific method, collateral conceptions, anithesis, antinomy and the absurd, Ch. 15 deals with the personal application and its own ramifications and reason, with the purity available to the human heart, and the proliferations and profligacy to which it becomes vulnerable, without Christ. Ch. 13 gives organisation of data. Ch. 16 meets the topic of distortions and defilement, delight and design, deliverance and obliterative obstinacy of heart (as in II Chronicles 36, prior to Israel's great devastation in A.D. 586). It ponders options that do not work, and truth that alone does in the interests of return to reality.
The Strange Symptoms
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THE IDEA OF A 'REFORMED' POSITION ON CREATION
THE FINDINGS OF A QUARTER OF A CENTURY'S LABOURS
IN THE BIBLE AND LIFE
Biblical Christian Apologetic Positions
THE CALENDAR COMPOSITION
In this Chapter, there is a record of what for this year, 2014, is the first time we have presented a biblical account of things in separate form from the Church Calendar when it went forth in its pictorial splendour. It may be a convenient summary for some. In this hope, it is presented here, Following other types of summary in this volume.
CHRIST, THE RAPID FIRE DYNAMIC OF DEITY
THE TRUSTWORTHY SAVIOUR
THE BABE AND THE BELLIGERENTS, THE PEACE AND THE PAYMENT
THE ORIGINATING LOVE OF THE CREATOR FOR MANKIND
AND THE SUBSEQUENT PROVISIONS AVAILABLE TO THE UTTERMOST
THE WONDER OF THE GROWTH AVAILABLE TO
THE CHRISTIAN CHILD
ANALYSIS, SYNTHESIS AND REALITY
MERCY AND TRUTH,
FAITH AND FORCE,
HABAKKUK AND HOLINESS
THE CONCEPTS OF CREATION AND THE COURSE OF COMMAND
SOVEREIGNTY, SINGULARITY AND THE MARVELS OF MERCY,
A SIMPLE SEQUENCE AMID THE MYRIADS OF EVENTS
The 20 Format
CARELESS FUDGE FACTORS AND WRONG ELEVATIONS
in History and Science
HAVE A HEART!
BE SURE IT IS ENGENDERED BY THE LORD:
LET GOD UNITE IT AS ONE TO TRUTH!
heart with all Diligence, for out of it are
the Issues of Life," Proverbs 4:23.
WONDERS OF THE BIBLE, THE GOSPEL,
THE LOVE AND MERCY AND PEACE OF GOD
The Liberty of Man, the Sovereignty of God and the Tangles of Untruth
DIVINE PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURE
CONTRASTED WITH CERTAIN OPTIONS MAN PRESENTS
WORDS OF WOE AND WARNING,
WISDOM AND CONFIDENCE