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Archive for November 5th, 2009

Moderns work hard at playing

 

            and

 

play at working 

– eab, 9/13/09

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“Walk before Me and be thou perfect,”

Are profound words spoken by God,

To a man on earth – still topside of sod.

Did God (Who knows all things),

Know something theologians do not?

Have theologians been self-deceived,

Satisfied without, what they have not sought?

Does God (Who has all power),

Have power to make one perfectly whole,

Whether he’s living in Timbuktu,

Or he’s living near either cold pole?

Doubt your theology rather than God’s Word.

Perfect motive is possible with the Lord.

                – eab, 11/5/08

 

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The “Council of Constance” on this date, 11/5/1414, brought to trial two Bohemian men vitally interested in reforming religion as it then stood.  Evidently the “Council of Constance” was not interested in reform. 

 

They condemned John Huss (aka Jan Hus), a former dean of philosophical faculty and the author of On SimonyOn the Church.   This council also condemned his friend Jerome of Prague.  They even went so far as to anathematized the teachings of the great English thinker/minister, John Wycliffe. 

 

Huss was burned at stake the next year (1415) and they killed Jerome of Prague the year after that (1416).  Their “sins”?  What was called “heresy,” in reality outspoken appeals for church reform and (at least in Huss’ case) for seeking religious rights for the common people.

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