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Jeremiah 5:20-6:30

08.01.2010

6:14 | Jeremiah finishes his opening salvo by calling out the false teachers and prophets:

They have healed the wound of my people lightly, saying , ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.

One of the fundamental but often overlooked elements of Christianity is that we believe it not because it is pleasant or easy or comforting, but because it is true.  Because God is good and loving, it is at times (and ultimately) pleasant and comforting, but that’s beside the point.  Friends of mine once asked how I could believe in something that was as distasteful as eternal separation from God.  I told them that I have to believe it because I think it’s true.

I have always considered this a modern mindset.  It seems a mindset particular to the post-Enlightenment West that would prioritize preference over proof.  But this verse proves that there is, indeed, nothing new under the sun.  People have been delusional and decadent and fatuous and, well, sinful, for much more than the last 300 years.  Sin is a universal condition.

– Tomorrow’s reading is particularly diverse, with passages from Kings, Chronicles, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zepheniah (including intros to the three minor prophet books).

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