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Something to Meditate On

September 9, 2008

A simple quote I came across tonight. Give it some thought:

“God is the only sure and stable thing in the universe.”

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  1. Graced permalink
    September 9, 2008 12:32 am

    I wouldnt nessesarily agree. There are things of God that share his nature.
    The bible says that faith, hope, and, love will last forever.
    And that the greatest of all is Love. Love never fails.
    Sounds pretty sure and stable to me.
    Gods will is stable and sure. ect.

    Quotes are nice. Gods word is greater still.

  2. September 9, 2008 4:25 pm

    Graced-

    First, thank you for your comment. Here’s why I would disagree:

    I assume you understand that this quote does not mean that there’s nothing else in the universe that happens routinely, which we would then describe as being sure and stable. This author is instead attributing God as the only One who is without fail and worthy of us finding our hope and confidence in. For example, the mail man may have never missed your house on his route for the last 50 years, but this author wouldn’t point to that as being a sure and stable entity in the universe.

    As for your argument, You quoted 1 Cor. 13. I think we first have to understand that this is a chapter referencing the supremacy of godly love as a spiritual gift in light of the spiritual gifts that Paul discusses in ch. 12 and will discuss further in ch. 14. If you look at the last verse of ch. 12 (12:21) he leads into ch. 13 by saying, “And I will show you a still more excellent way,” from where he will elaborate on love as the supreme spiritual gift. This is why in the first several verses of ch. 13 he gives references to tongues (v.1) and prophetic powers (v. 2) as being inferior to love. So this is a passage on godly love as a spiritual gift, and I don’t think it really offers any text that claims that love, in itself, is sure and stable independent from God. I will elaborate on this in the following paragraphs.

    You referenced v.8, where Paul says that “love never ends” to justify your argument. Just because something never ends doesn’t mean that it’s in itself sure and stable in the universe. After all, there is plenty that the Bible says will not end, such as Hell (Matt. 25:46, Matt. 18:8), that we wouldn’t say is sure and stable and worthy of us putting our hope in. Therefore, how long something lasts does not equate to surety and stability.

    However, I’m still not affirming that love, in itself, is stable, sure, and without fail. God’s nature is to be loving, but we must not confuse ourselves to say that there is an independent entity called love that shares common ground with God. God is love, and therefore we can look to His attributes and say that they are without fail only because of God. However, they can’t be separated from God.

    Sure, we can name qualities of God (such as His justice and love) and say that those things will not fail, but they are not independent of God, and are not sure and stable in themselves. Man may express love at times, but that man and his love will fail. Man may express justice at times, but that man and his justice will fail. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26

    So, even if you want to affirm that the love of God is sure and stable, you are simply naming His attributes, and it is only because of God, not because of something that love has in itself, that it is sure and stable. Therefore, you are actually affirming God as the only sure and stable thing in the universe as the quote originally stated.

    I hope this doesn’t come off as being rude or callous. I just wanted to let you know my side of things. Please feel free to respond.

    In Christ,

    Bryan

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