Audio-Post-11 is a reading of an article on my original blog School of the Solitary Place. In this post, I discuss several graces available to us in our time and place, particularly, for English speakers, the grace of having multiple translations of the Bible available to us in English.
The discussion in Audio Post 10 centers around how to reconcile human freedom (and willingness) to sin with the Apostle Paul’s words to his disciple Timothy about those not in Christ being held captive by the Devil to do his will (see 2 Timothy 2:24-26).
One possible explanation is that of a spiritual version of what psychologists call “The Stockholm Syndrome” in which those held captive begin to sympathize with the beliefs of their captors.
This audio post centers on a discussion of the treasure we have in Christ, a treasure which those who refuse to believe can never diminish or remove. Comparisons are made to the refractive beauty of a diamond and also the wonders which Galileo saw in his telescope around the year 1610 (such as four moons which orbit the planet Jupiter…pictured here). No person who denied the beauty and wonder of such things removes these things from existence. The wonder still exists, even if no one else is willing to marvel. Such is our relationship with Christ.