"God be merciful to us & bless us, & cause His face to shine upon us.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad & sing for joy!"
I read this book years ago, and it was extremely insightful. So I am delighted to find that it is now online and free to download. It deals with the way the church has been co-opted by feminizing trends over the centuries, going back at least a millennium.
Against the Gods: The Polemical Theology of the Old Testament
John D. Currid
1300 Crescent Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
ISBN: 978-1-4335-3183-5; $17.99
Reviewed for Deus Misereatur by: Rev. Dr. Michael Philliber Reading Polemically – 4 stars
out of 5
There are several parallels between the Old Testament stories
and the mythical tales from the cultures and societies that surrounded ancient Israel.
Many biblical scholars, skeptics and supporters alike, have accepted the view
that the Hebrew writers were simply bootlegging those tales, cleaning them up,
and inserting them into Israel’s history. Dr. John D. Currid’s new 192 page
paperback, “Against the Gods: The Polemical Theology of the Old Testament”, addresses
this trend, and seeks to offer a different set of plausibilities for seeing
these parallels. This book is mildly technical, but not burdensomely so. Dr. Currid
was a seminary professor of mine in the 1990s, and I was delighted to pick up
"Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you" (Luke 6.37-38).
This was part of my morning devotional reading today as I read through the Gospel according to Luke. These verses always make me skip a beat, and momentarily pause. I've highlighted the four main verbs, and then italicized and underlined the punchline.
First, it doesn't appear to me that Jesus is saying anything here about how God acts toward his children. This is not a divine-human quid pro quo, this-for-that kind of program. Instead, the context is one dealing with people, living daily with others. Jesus is almost sitting in the seat of Solomon here, handing out proverbial wisdom.
Second, the point of the statement: be as charitable and generous as yo…