This is a great relaxed read! Betty's style seemed at first a little disjointed, but it's simply a way of telling her story-- very stream-of-consciousThis is a great relaxed read! Betty's style seemed at first a little disjointed, but it's simply a way of telling her story-- very stream-of-consciousness, I suppose. Betty tells us her thoughts as they come to her, and they are extremely endearing. We're having a conversation, not listening to a lecture, when Betty White is in the room. And while she might forget all our names and can't recognize our faces, she is very much concerned with including us. She takes us through fond childhood memories, stories of Hollywood through the years, the growth of her many friendships (with man and animal), and her thankfulness for it all.
The bit at the end about those who pass on knowing "the secret" struck me. Betty says that her mother would tell her that no one knows what exactly happens when we die, and those who die finally know "the secret." It was a touching and beautiful way to approach the subject, and it has helped me a lot.
I enjoyed the ride, Betty. Thank you for bringing me along....more
There is much truth in this sermon. God's wrath is real and is leveled against evil and evil-doers.
Edwards takes John 8:23 out of context and changesThere is much truth in this sermon. God's wrath is real and is leveled against evil and evil-doers.
Edwards takes John 8:23 out of context and changes the meaning. He was trying to make the point that people are sinful, therefore we are not only destined to Hell but are also "from Hell" in a sense and that we belong there.
But he uses a verse where Jesus is saying He is from Heaven and the Jews are not, and that is why they ought to listen to Him but don't. Do we belong in Hell? What about "the fire prepared for the Devil and his angels"? Hell was not made for man. Man, made in the Imago Dei (Image of God), was made "to glorify God and enjoy Him for ever" (Westminster Shorter Catechism). But Edwards says, "The devil is waiting for them." This is a mistake! The devil is not sovereign over anything, let alone Hell. It is like a poor version of Dante's Inferno. The problem with this sermon is that there is no gospel to it. It is right in all its details of sin and wickedness and Hell, but it does not offer the solution. Christ is mentioned but not preached. "Preach Christ crucified!" All we are told are repetitions of black clouds over our heads, but tell us what to do! Tell us how to be saved! What must I do to be saved? But Edwards speaks of a God who heartlessly laughs and mocks the unsaved-- and while the laughter of God in the face of evildoers' attempts against Him scripturally has its place, it is not in the way Edwards represents. "I have no pleasure that the wicked should perish," God says. "For God so loved," not hated, "the world." God's hate is one of justice, not of uncontrolled rage and bloodshed. God's hate is of sin, sinfulness and the obstinate wicked, but that does not nullify His love for the sinner.
That's my beef with it. I can't reconcile this sermon with the shepherd seeking the one lost sheep out of a hundred or Jesus looking on the crowds with compassion and saying, "How often I wanted to gather you under my wing!" Where is God's love offered out? God's wrath is real, but so is His love. His mercy is everlasting, and it must be preached. Edwards never tells us how to flee to Christ. He does not tell us to have faith, to repent. He does not tell us where to go from here. Any mentions of Christ's mercy or love are mere footnotes, simply tacked on post-its to a huge billboard of fury.
We are told of all these horrible monstrosities that close in upon us and the only given solution is: "Run."
But how can I run if I have not been shown the way?...more