25 February 2008

Quote(s) of the Day

I've got two for you today!

"At the historic space-time Fall, man refused to stand in the proper relationship with this infinite reference point which is the personal God. Therefore, people are now abnormal (emphasis mine)."
~Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?

I love how Schaeffer says that--"people are now abnormal". Sometimes we forget that in our sinful nature, we aren't the people God means us to be; we are not normal.


"I wish that the young men might have something to rid them of their love ditties and wanton songs and might instead of these learn wholesome things and thus yield willingly to the good; also, because I am not of the opinion that all the arts shall be crushed to earth and perish through the Gospel, as some bigoted persons pretend, but would willingly see them all, and especially music, servants of Him who gave and created them."
~Martin Luther's foreword to the Wittenberg Gesangbuch, as quoted in Francis Schaeffer's How Should We Then Live?

Luther's reference to the arts being "crushed to the earth and perish[ing] through the Gospel" is a description of the way certain groups of people over-reacted in their disagreement with the Roman Catholic church in their enthusiasm for the Reformation. Many statues and other works of art were destroyed becuase of the implication of idolatry.
Luther never meant to divide the Church but rather to reform it.

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