Today is another Father’s Day, seems like we just celebrated last year’s – how the time goes by fast. That’s the subject of today’s Bible or Not post. It has been said that it is a wise father who knows his own children, and I would agree with that. But what does that have to do with the time going by fast?
“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” – William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
The relationship between father and child is one that can easily be taken for granted. As you raise your children you might spend time with them, but much of that time is in the daily hustle and bustle and making a living, running around, teaching and disciplining, and the like. And before you know it they are grown up and out of the house.
On this Father’s Day let’s spend the time to get to know our children better, but let’s not stop there. Even in the times of our busy days, the good days and the bad days, we can take the time, however little it may seem, to know them better each day. And while we’re at it, perhaps we should let them know us a little better as well. Happy Father’s Day!
June 17, 2012 1 Comment
The idea of moral relativism has been around for centuries, if not millenia. What’s good for you is good for you, what’s bad for me is bad for me. We can all do whatever we want, there is no good and no bad, only how we perceive it or think about it in our minds. There is no black or white, only gray.
“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare – Hamlet
Moral Relativism: Definition: 1) The philosophy or belief that there is no absolute value of right or wrong, and that correct moral behavior is personalized to the individual and varies based upon that person’s culture, experience and circumstances. 2) Moral Relativism can also be applied to whole societies allowing for different moral values and laws to vary based upon geographic location (i.e. country, state, city, village). 3) The opposite of Moral Relativism is Moral Absolutism which is the belief that there are immutable moral laws of right and wrong that should be applied to all people regardless of location, culture, experience and circumstances.
In the Bible the Apostle Paul states in his writings to the Corinthians, “All things are lawful unto me”. So is he agreeing with the idea of moral relativism?
This quote by Paul is admittedly taken out of context. We read this quote in chapters 6 and 10 of 1 Corinthians, and in both of these chapters Paul is admonishing for and counselling from committing sin. Clearly as we read the Bible we find that there are clear commandments to obey and clear behaviors that are sinful. Yes, there are absolutes when it comes to the laws of God.
So why then would Paul write that all things are lawful to him? Let’s look at the full verse: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; for the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” – i Corinthians 10:23-25 NKJV. Paul was talking about food.
In the Gospel, there are things that are essential – the immutable laws of God – and things that are non-essential – the traditions and customs of people. The Corinthians had blurred the lines between these and began justifying clear sin by pointing at the customs of others. For example, there were both Jews and Gentiles in the church, and the Jews ate a kosher diet while the Gentiles did not – eating different foods did not make the Gentiles sinners. Paul was making it clear, that for the essentials there should be unity and obedience, and for the non-essentials there should be liberty. So when in Rome, do as the Romans do, as long it is not sinful – and yes, we can absolutely know what sin is.
May 30, 2012 5 Comments
Today we observe the “Ides of March” made famous by the death of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C. and its portrayal in the Shakespearean play named after him. Yes, today’s quote is not from the Bible, but like other Shakespeare quotes it has been known to be confused with Biblical text.
“Beware the Ides of March” – Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2, William Shakespeare
The word “ides” comes from the ancient Roman calendar dating as far back as 753 B.C. The Romans had three reference points for each month known as the Kalends, the Nones and the Ides. The Kalends was the first day of the month, the Nones was either the fifth or seventh or day depending on the month, and the Ides was the halfway point within the month. With the advent of the Julian calendar in 46 B.C. the Romans were using a 365 day year, with 12 months much like the Gregorian calendar we use today. March had 31 days in 44 B.C. and so the “Ides of March” fell on the 15th day of the month.
In the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar, Caesar was warned by a soothsayer of his impending doom on the Ides of March. He dismissed the warning as idle chatter to his own peril. History records the death of Julius Caesar more accurately, but in both accounts, it is his close friend Brutus who betrays him. Here is the dialog from the play Julius Caesar Act 1 Scene 2.
CAESAR: Ha! who calls?
CASCA: Bid every noise be still: peace yet again!
CAESAR: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue, shriller than all the music, Cry ‘Caesar!’ Speak; Caesar is turn’d to hear.
SOOTHSAYER: Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR: What man is that?
BRUTUS: A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
CAESAR: Set him before me; let me see his face.
CASSIUS: Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
CAESAR: What say’st thou to me now? speak once again.
SOOTHSAYER: Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR: He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.
Enjoy the Ides of March, nothing to beware today. And if you like Shakespeare, here are some William Shakespeare Quotes to enjoy.
March 15, 2012 No Comments