Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

‘Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise’

Hymn by Charles Wesley, sung by St. Michael’s Singers–Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise: granted, it’s a hymn for Ascension Day, which isn’t till May 10. But when is it a bad time to be reminded that Our Lord Jesus Christ, after rising from the dead and being seen by many people, ascended into Heaven to take His place on the right hand of God the Father? From whence He shall come again!


Google Gizmo ‘Disables’ Religious References

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This headline caught my eye: “Google Home Disables All Religious References After Controversy Over Jesus Answer” (https://ijr.com/the-declaration/2018/01/1056523-google-home-disables-religious-references-controversy-jesus-answer/?utm_campaign=conservativedirect&utm_medium=partners&utm_source=email&utm_term=prm32).

Actually, it was a non-answer: Google’s “smart assistant” was “unable to answer questions about Jesus,” although it was okay with questions about Buddha, Mohammed, and Satan. That figures.

Fact: Computers can be no “smarter” than the people who program them. A computer programmed by ninnies will answer as a ninny.

In Luke 9:20, Jesus put the question to his disciples: He said unto them, “But whom say ye that I am?” Peter answering said, “The Christ of God.”

In Acts 16:30, the jailer in Philippi asks Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  And they said (v. 31), “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

What’s so hard about that?

But Google Home can’t give you those answers because they weren’t in the program, so Google has “temporarily” disabled all religious reference…”to ensure respect.”

Do we really, truly, want to receive our religious instruction from computers programmed by God knows whom? I wonder what amazon.com’s little electronic genius, “Alexa,” would answer if you asked, “Alexa, what must I do to be saved?” Something tells me I don’t want to know the answer to that question. “Believe in Global Warming and gender reassignment…” Don’t ask.

Artificial Intelligence is not “intelligence” in any meaningful sense. The operative word is “artificial.” It is a mindless simulation of intelligence, nothing more.

God’s Word is available for anyone to read at any time.

Don’t ask the idol.

 

 


‘How I Got Lost in the Woods’ (2015)

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this when I was writing it, but this story is a metaphor (even though it’s true). We all get lost, at some point in our lives. We all need someone wiser, infinitely wiser, to guide us back to where we belong.

And I think we all know whom that is, don’t we?

https://leeduigon.com/2015/03/10/how-i-got-lost-in-the-woods/


‘Conspiracy Baloney Aimed at Our Lord’ (2016)

I wonder if we’d be so vulnerable to conspiracy-think these days if our news media were not torpid, incompetent, and  biased.

Anyway, here’s a particularly objectionable wacko conspiracy theory…

https://leeduigon.com/2016/01/26/conspiracy-baloney-aimed-at-our-lord/


Again, Again, ‘Light of the World’

I hope you don’t mind my posting this hymn for the umpteenth time–Light of the World by Charles Wesley, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. This hymn never fails to stir my soul.

For Jesus Christ is the light of the world, that lights everyone who comes into the world. He is the Light they can’t put out, not all their hellish legions of the ungodly: God knows who they are.

I’m waiting for the hospital to call with another update on Aunt Joan. They were too busy to talk to me when I called earlier this morning.

 


A Hymn for Sailors, ‘Salva Nos’

I don’t know if Salva Nos, by the Mediaeval Baebes, is an authentic medieval hymn. But I do know that even the oldest hymn was new, once. Anyway, what could be more timeless than “Save us, O Star of the Sea and Queen of Heaven”?

Nor do we forget Who it was who stood up when the waves tossed and the boat began to fill with water, and bid the wind be still, and the water be at peace: and so it was (Mark 4). When Jesus Christ bids the sea be still, it is still.


The Will to be as God

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As I sat in the laundromat today, the TV nooze–you just can’t escape it–presented a story that distressed me.

It was the trial of a band of merry carjackers who killed a man because they wanted his car and whatever might be in it. We were shown the victim’s widow addressing the convicted trigger man in court: “You took away everything I had, all my hopes and dreams, because you decided to play God, deciding who should live and who should die, deciding you had the right to kill because you wanted something that you hadn’t earned.”

God has given the civil government the authority and the duty to avenge these wrongs, and yet the government all too often refuses to do that (see Romans 13). Instead, the court is expected to sentence the trigger man to 30 years in prison–three square meals a day, color TV, weight room, and the company of like-minded savages. That is not justice. Again, the civil government has failed to carry out its function. The victim is still dead; his wife is still a widow; his children remain fatherless.

Adam and Eve inherited Original Sin by listening to the serpent’s promise that they themselves would be “as gods” if they disobeyed the real God (Genesis 3:5), and we, their descendants, have been doing it ever since.

The 20th century was a festival of murder. Think of Mao Tse-Tung, who killed at least 40 million people as part of his mad scheme, the Great Leap Forward, to transform China into a leading industrial power in five years. And that was only one of countless examples.

We haven’t learned a bloody thing. Today the Humanist Manifesto II declares there is no God, but that’s no problem–“using technology wisely,” we can do all those things God should have done: we can do His job. Paradise on earth. Just break a few more eggs, and we’ll have our omelet. Meanwhile, The Smartest People in the World wage war against reality itself while the Davos crowd, invoking Man-Made Climate Change as their warrant, works tirelessly toward a world government.

Like, we should trust them?

Our country’s founders were blessed with the wisdom to impose strict limits on the central government–limits which The Anointed of our day work ceaselessly to overthrow. If I’ve learned one thing from observing the nooze and reading history, it’s that the Original Sin, the will to be as God, features an insatiable lust for power over other human beings.

Which brings me back to the carjacking case. What was that, but an untrammeled will to power over the rightful owner of the car, and a decision to exercise it by killing him? You don’t have to bump off 40 million of your countrymen to be a little tin god: a single murder will do just as well.

God has a plan to heal the human race and regenerate His whole creation. He will do it in spite of us. For this cause Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born, and died on the cross, and rose from the dead… and will return.

Come, Lord Jesus, come. Because we are not fit to do God’s job; but you are.

 


Oh, Christmas Tree!

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I took down our Christmas tree this morning and put all the ornaments away. Then vacuumed. It’s a big job, and I’m pooped. But then it’s an even bigger job to set it up. Why do we do it?

First we put on the lights. We use lights from the store Grandpa had in the 1930s, and they all still work. Then there’s a ton of ornaments to put on. Each and every one of our ornaments has a story: they’re a kind of history of our family. They bring vividly to mind the people we’ve loved, and good times shared with them. You might wonder what a Christmas tree has to do with the birth of Jesus Christ Our Savior. But God ordained the family, God loves the family, and it’s one of those things that His Son came to earth to save.

I put the tree out on the curb with a prayer that this past Christmas will continue to work throughout the year, powerfully drawing our hearts to Jesus Christ Our Lord: Amen.

 


‘Are My Books Biased?’ (2013)

Actually, since this post was written, a prominent Catholic reviewer has refused to review my books because of, he says, rampant Calvinism. I think his problem is that he used to be a Calvinist and doesn’t like to remember that portion of his life.  But I deny his charge against me.

https://leeduigon.com/2013/12/30/are-my-books-biased/

Of course, you can always read them and decide for yourself. Commercial Message (Beware!): All my books can easily be ordered right here on this site. Just click “Books” and go for the shopping cart icon (the publisher) or the Amazon.com icon.

 


By Request, “Shoulders”

Susan asked for this one, from For King and Country–Shoulders: that is, Christ carries us and all our hurts and all our hopes upon His shoulders. Surely He hath borne our griefs, as Isaiah said. He carries it all.


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