Monday, February 21, 2011



Anonymous CB said...

The appeal to the Holy Spirit's constant intercession is weasly, of course, but even the author of this piece hedges on what is normally understood by the term "pray" to make it work. Besides, when are we going to find the time to squeeze in "rejoice always"?

I think rather the problem is our woodenly technical and unrealistic approach to the way language is used in the Bible. Clearly, "pray without ceasing" cannot mean never saying amen and going on to something else (like eating before the food gets cold). Nor can "rejoice always" mean it's a sin to grieve or sleep.

Why not allow Paul to use words like "always" the way we do - as in "You're always saying stuff like that," "We never go out anymore," and "She takes forever to get ready"? The time-words are not without meaning because the woodenly technical sense cannot be pressed.

7:44 AM, February 24, 2011  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Well, you've got me thinking again, and I think you're right. I'm reminded of Paul's words in Gal. 5:12, which I interpret as hyperbole, and what I interpret as Thomas's facetiousness in John 11:16. I wonder if what you call the "woodenly technical sense" isn't a characteristically Modernist tendency.

7:30 PM, March 04, 2011  

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