The fact that the earth is round is said to have come from such scholars as Aristotle (385BC), Pythagoras (570BC), Eratosthenes (276BC) and maybe others. However the fact is that the prophet Isaiah (740BC) wrote in the Bible: He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…(Isaiah 40:22)
I once confessed that the Bible is one of my favourite books to read and this is the reason why. I learn so much from it. Happy reading.
Some people get hung up on the word, “repent”. It seems to automatically ring a ‘religion’ bell in their head and they are turned off probably because of Acts 2:38 where Peter tells the people, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins…”
In this regard repent means to be sorry for living in ways that dishonor God.
However, Professor Robert Wall, Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies, adds that it is “the internal and intellectual act of exchanging old beliefs for new ones.”
To me, this explanation is much more digestible and may appeal to those outside of religion as well as to the religious.
The internal and intellectual act of exchanging old beliefs for new ones…it makes me happy that I got hung up on a word.
This post was prompted by a blog from Matthew Ruttan’s devotional, UP, on April 29th.
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; (Ecclesiastes 3:5)
To me there is always a time to embrace. In my mind embracing means hugging and I LOVE hugging! The only time to refrain from embracing is when we’re busy with other things…and of course when it might be inappropriate to embrace. As usual I’m not sure what Solomon had in mind with this verse, but it keeps my brain active. Now about the stones…
How many times have we stopped to pick up a stone just to toss it into the distance…or to skip it across the water of a river, lake or ocean? And how many times have we walked along a beautiful sandy beach gathering smooth stones into a cloth sack or a basket? Some of my little great-grandchildren love to play with stones; sorting, piling, counting, or just caressing the stony smoothness.
However, the Bible can be quite allegorical and the stones may not mean stones at all. I’ll leave that for the scholars, though, because to me stones are stones and I even have a few around my house as conversation pieces.
Tomorrow: A Time to Get and a Time to Lose