All the Truth I Need

The following thoughts are not written for you, though, as always, you are welcome to make your thoughts known. They are written for me so that, when this infernal brain of mine has momentarily stopped whirring, I will have these thoughts collected in a coherent format.

After two or three days of frantic study and contemplation, I have come to the following conclusions. I have decided that, were these thoughts ever to be collected and written down on paper and my signature was offered a place beneath, I could put my signature on the dotted line with a very clear conscience indeed.

They are as follows-

There is nothing in the Bible that is not Truth, but not every Truth is in the Bible.

What Truths then, are in the Bible? I ask the Bible, that never lies, and it answers me thus-

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;
And that from a child thou hast know the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction, in righteousness: That the man of God may PERFECT, thouroughly furnished unto ALL good works.” 2nd. Tim. 3:14-17

The Truths contained in the Bible are then, quite simply, all the Truths I need to please the Lord.

Just because it isn’t in the Bible doesn’t mean it isn’t True, but it does mean that if someone teaches an extrabiblical Truth as a doctrine essential for my life and salvation, they are wrong. Because I’ve been promised by a truthful source that everything essential for those purposes is contained in the Holy Bible, and truthful sources will agree with one another.

There are Truths outside the Bible. But not Truths that I would classify as “Necessary Truths for the Christian Life.”

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Thoughts on the Late Pope, Among Other Things.

Okay, before anyone panics, really I’m just posting this because a good friend and I have been discussing lots of random religious topics and she recommended I post my thoughts on Pope John Paul II here because, well, We Had Our Reasons.

(The Deputy Headmistress inserts some further background here: A Somebody – not the friend mentioned above- in our circle of friends and relations had said something along the lines of not seeing what the big deal about the Pope was, because he’d never ‘done nuffing much.’ Another Somebody in our circle of friends and relations had expressed a similar dismissive point of view, another said the Pope just wasn’t a ‘big deal.’ The following post isn’t actually by way of rebuttal (since at least one of those Somebodies does not even read The Common Room, being ignorant as yet of its existence), but rather the sort of thing one writes out when thinking of this, that, and the other and a collection of isolated events and discussions come together in one’s mind at once, producing posts like this one)

Let us begin by understanding that I am not a Catholic; I never will be a Catholic, and that frankly, my issues with Catholicism are many, and they run deep.
These issues include issues with the papacy, particularly the idea that a mortal man may be referred to as “Holy Father” when he isn’t, and be believed to speak for God, outside of Scripture,when Scripture expressly forbids mortal men to do so.

But my subject reads not “Thoughts on the Papacy.” It reads “Thoughts on the Late Pope.”

The first thing to be remembered is that he is the late Pope, and became so very recently. Whether or not he should have been a Pope, the fact remains that he was very dear to many people, and they are sincerely upset right now. A bit of tact, therefore, would not be out of bounds.

Secondly, all questions about the rightness or wrongess of his office and actions aside, the fact remains that he was a very powerful public figure. Like him or not, you can’t ignore him and pretend he wasn’t a Big Deal. He was.

We are talking about a man who grew up in Poland during World War 2 and was as devoted to the cause of bringing down Communism as only men who grew up in his time can be. He wasn’t just devoted, he was effective. He helped accomplish this end. We are talking about a man whose voice was often the loudest in the Pro-life movement, and frankly people, if you are anti-Catholic and this upsets you, all I can say is, shame on your sect or denomination or congregation or whatever you call it for not making your voices heard, too. Somebody had to stand in the gap. (That was a freebie. Sorry.)

He was The Supreme Head of an organization that has dominated European culture and even government for over a good thousand years, people. (The DeputyHeadmistress is sorry to be a bother, but she must beg that readers not write to tell us our math is wrong. The Equuschick said what she meant) If you would like to call him a Big Deal but a bad one, you are free to do so. What you can’t do is pretend he wasn’t influential.

I, personally, am of the opinion that Pope John Paul II was positively influential. I say nothing of the dubious religious position he took upon himself, and I say nothing of his eternal destiny, but his time upon the earth was spent, in my humble opinion, as a powerfully influential and highly moral man. “

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“It doesn’t bother me.” – We haven’t lost moral relativism.

The April 9 issue of World magazine has many excellent articles on pro-life issues. I highly encourage readers to visit their website and look at the articles or, even better, subscribe to the magazine.

The National Silent No More Awareness Campaign’s goal is to “make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women, men, and their families.” Since its inception more than 2700 women have registered to share their stories of the grief an abortion causes.

The Pro-Abortion* side, of course, has its own campaign in response. There is a website called the Abortion Conservation Project and another one called I’mNotSorry.net. There are about 300 pro-abortion stories on I’mNotSorry.net.
*pauses to reflect the fact that there are 9 times as many women who have registered their regret as have shared what a great thing abortion was for them*
I also would be interested in the scientific data of these stories: how recently were these abortions performed? Sometimes emotional baggage takes years to accumulate. Sometimes we hide behind other issues and say that those are the cause of our afflictions, rather than facing the real problem.

World has an interview with the founder of I’mNotSorry.net, Patricia Beninanto. Reading it provides an interesting glimpse into the attitudes of those who regard human life as cheap.

World: [on multiple abortions] “Do any of the stories..make you think, wow, that’s taking ‘choice’ a little too far?”
Beninato: It doesn’t bother me at all…

World: There is no longer a debate about whether a fetus is a living baby. Yet, … a Salon article notes that ‘most abortions in America are about convenience.’ Morally speaking, what do you think about that?
Beninato: It doesn’t bother me.

Thus there is no objective answer for abortion activists. It’s all about what bothers us and what doesn’t. That’s a scary prospect.

Let’s continue on with Beninanto’s response to the question:

Beninato: I believe in the Planned Parenthood axiom “every child a wanted child.”
[so does the HeadGirl. Every child, born or unborn, is wanted somewhere.]
Beninato: Yes, a fetus is alive. But weeds are life and mold is life and bugs are life and we destroy those on a regular basis.

So an infant in utero is comparable to weeds & mold? Isn’t it amazing how we’ve gone through thousands of years of history and never really come up with that comparison before?

* The HeadGirl prefers to use the proper term Pro-Abortion rather than Pro-Choice. No one is trying to deny women the right to choose to engage in an act that could very well lead to pregnancy. That is the choice, because killing should not be an option.

(excerpts from the 4/9/05 issue of WORLD Magazine – www.worldmag.com.)

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Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott

This is JennyAnyDots.

I am reading Kenilworth right now; I have great expectations of it.
It is set in the 1500s around the time when Elizabeth 1 is queen. I have met a man named Michael Lambourne, he apears to be a little more pleased with how he looks, and not who his friends are. I have also met a man going by the name of Tressilian, who apears to be the opposite of Lambourne.

I am looking forward to finishing this book.

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There is no frigate like a book

To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!

~Emily Dickinson~

While helping to set up our local library’s booksale, I bought two books. One, a hardback copy of “The Silver Chair,” by C.S. Lewis. I don’t believe we have a hardback copy, although I’m quite sure we have at least one paperback copy.
Two, “Old Swedish Fairy Tales,” by Anna Wahlenberg, illustrated by Jeannette Berkowitz, translated from the Danish. I like fairy tales, fantasy, legends, and myths a great deal, and this has beautiful illustrations to go along with it. I can’t wait to read it all.

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