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BENEVOLENCE OR BROTHY BANE ?
by World Wide Web Witness Inc.
ISBN 0 9577461 3 X
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Donaldson
The essential ingredient of the situation which is often neglected is this. God is benevolent. Not from nowhere come the charitable urges, the pitiful shades in the human soul; not for nothing is man given to courage and brotherliness, IF ONLY his vital interests (pride, money, ambition, prestige, fame, power or existential ecstasies -whatever he concocts in his malodorous malady of sin) are not crossed!
The lust that kills, the lust unsatisfied except with new and cheaper thrills, commercial, political, legal, psychological, physical, social, domestic, ultra-marital, ultra-legal, this it is which is man’s nemesis. Even the lust for a quiet and undisturbed life can quite as much a passion in the end, irrational, thoughtless and insatiable. It is not that there is anything wrong in that, per se: it is just that when honesty, or honour or grace or kindness is satisfied at the expense of these things that their essential idolatry is clearly defined!
God however does not lust (cf. SMR pp. 29ff., 580ff.). He is satisfied already. He made us and our system without the slightest need of it, but in the expansiveness of true love, He would share: on His terms of course. His are loving: He is love. One has to WANT Him, to be with Him. It is as simple as that: except that it must be with the WHOLE heart and mind and soul and strength (consult first commandment from the lips of Jesus the Christ). One has also, naturally to FIND Him, to be with Him, and as a sinner, one has to recognise the malady to appreciate the cure, which is that Christ died for sinners, cursed for their malady, the physician who not merely RISKED his life to provide a cure, but gave the LIFE AS THE CURE, satisfying justice, rejoicing mercy, fulfilling love.
It must of course be received, this cure. It is a gift by grace which is shrouded in it, filled with it, like a sky with a vast arching rainbow that glows with a thrusting brilliance over the whole surface, backed by the sun. When one realises one is a sinner, then equally naturally, one must repent: if one does not, then one feels free to do it again, and if so, that is one’s life, which knows nothing of the way, and rejects the will of God.
But GOD, HE is BENEVOLENT. The world is frothy, in turmoil, tumult, a soggy, boggy place of stumbling, bumbling, tumbling, mumbling half-believed creeds (such as "no creed but Christ", when clearly the name requires the historical reality to give it meaning, and what happened and was said by HIM THERE, that is doctrine)! Embracing half-satisfied needs, indulging bloated greeds, man careers like a speed-boat with the driver drowning some distance back. Amidst poisoned crops, he continues sowing evil seeds of malice, as in Communism, Nazism and all the totalitarian cancers that pass as seeds, which would replace, quite simply, the infallible God with the rumbling, fumbling follies of philosophic man, graced with military or legal might, asserting his sinful soul as if it were an oil painting!
As we look through some of recent history
in overview, and its place amidst the divine news, so that the one may be
read in terms of the other, and all seen in the plane of light that illuminates
and interprets, we find that MAN per se is NOT benevolent, though he has
many fine impulses, and in Christ these find power, fulfilment, fruition,
consummation. We see that the necessary terminus is coming for our Age, and
that the criterion of Christ moves, according to prophetic plan, and the
consummate artistry of God, who reveals all other ‘options’ as patently fraudulent;
it approaches. It has come so near that one could almost touch it. The return
of Israel to nation status in its own historic land, and the capture of Jerusalem,
so that it might be attacked as predicted, so that the Lord might deliver
it, as also prophesied, these are the great hinges of history which turn
once in 2000 years, and have just finished their turning now. (Cf. SMR
It is well
to ponder the place of man now; and to ensure that one is in the place of
God, by His side in His Saviour from His eternal place, His living
word, Jesus the Christ. GOD ? He is benevolent, delightful, impossible not
to know without qualifying in mind, spirit and heart, in the end, for hell
as a suitable environment for what is left … of the rebel who would not KNOW
God, His Creator, lurking in the dark fastnesses of frothy philosophy, which
never made man, and cannot save him. Christ is His calling card, the Captain
who takes you in. Call on Him. When in faith you come to HIM, He is committed
to act (John ). You don’t know if you are His ? By so coming,
you demonstrate that you are. God has prepared it from eternity. You merely
need to cross the bridge that He forms, no weight to great.
1. News 68 -
NOT A MAD-HOUSE FOR MARS,
BUT A MARRED CREATION
CREATION, Technical Journal, Vol. 13, No1
2. News 69 -
DOLLARS ARE GREEN,
BLOOD IS RED
3. News 70 -
THE SECOND MILLENIUM IS
AND THE PRINCE IS SOON TO RETURN
4. News 71
THE EYES HAVE IT,
AND THE NEIGHS HAVE LOST IT …
Creation, Technical Journal
5. News 72
ABORTING THE ANTI-ABORTIONISTS ?
6. News 73
GRIT AND GUMPTION ARE GREAT: HIS GRACE IS GREATER
Overview of some of this century
7. News 74
Animals, Insects, Microbes, Curse, Blessing, Pain, Purity,
THERE IS ALWAYS A REASON
EITHER OR ... FROM SKIN TO CORE
More on life and death in multi-dimensional focus
Radio news -
THE CYCLOTRON OR THE TRANSFER
TV News, SBS,
REPUBLIC, REALITY, GRACE, GRATITUDE
August 21-22, TV News
THE BIG THREE
the Third Dimension
An Evangelistic Platoon in the Works Righteousness Company ?
REASON EVEN FOR A SLOW WEEK
MAN IN MUDDLE, THIS ALSO HAS A REASON
14. NEWS 81
BEREFT OF FACT BUT NOT OF FURY
There might not be much of it left, before status and results must be handed in !
15. NEWS 82
TV News and Advertiser, last week of Winter, & Time Magazine August 23
Heap for an Unfinished Symphony
or Consummate Artistry:
His coming to the Cross and Yours to Him
Where does the glory go ? A Swimming Champion Episode
on creation and recalcitrance: mankind and mess,
or man and divine kindness
16 NEWS 83
Want to have a date with dates ?
Sept.-Nov. 1999, has some interesting material in this respect.
It is noted in an updating of one of our presentations on this topic, in
That Magnificent Rock - TMR, Ch. 7, pp. 174ff..
this a date you can bear to miss ?
Try it at the hyperlink above.
You may then care to look back to the beginning of this section of TMR,
and read it in context.
Then try the next end-note with much factually informative data ?
17. NEWS 84
The Flood of Blood, the Theme of Death
and the Tang of Truth
Time Magazine September 13, 1999,
The Advertiser, even date
18. NEWS 86
AND LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT
The pre-natal brilliance of man
19. NEWS 87
History from Start to Finish,
Commencement to Destiny
The Berean Call, September 1999
reminds us of the passage from Isaiah 65:4 - in 65:2-7:
have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people,
Who walk in a way that is not good,
According to their own thoughts;
A people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face;
sacrifice in gardens,
And burn incense on altars of brick;
Who sit among the graves,
And spend the night in the tombs;
eat swine's flesh,
And the broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
say, 'Keep to yourself,
Do not come near me,
For I am holier than you!'
are smoke in My nostrils,
A fire that burns all the day.
Behold, it is written before Me,
I will not keep silence, but will repay -
Even repay into their bosoms,
Your iniquities and the iniquities of your fathers together."
On the other hand, in the first verse of this same chapter, immediately preceding, the longsuffering kindness of the Lord, the love that initiates is found:
was sought of those who did not ask for Me;
I was found by those who did not seek
I said, 'Here I am, here I am,'
To a nation that was not called by My name."
can be read in the context of Isaiah 62:1-4, 63:7-9, 66:5, 65:1-19.