"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is
excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Verse of the Month
PBS fans of eccentric detective Father Brown may not know his literary creator was the illustrious writer of the 1920s named G.K. Chesterton (died 1935), devout Christian and friend of atheists H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw. This makes him a sterling example of reaching out across the divides.
Chesterton was author of about 100 books and famous for the paradox that "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, its been tried and found difficult and abandoned."
G.K. was a noted model for the other well-regarded 20th Century Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis who highly praised the work "The Everlasting Man."
The Unsecret Rapture
The October 12 installment of the Los Angeles Times printed a dismissive review of a new movie titled “Left Behind” starring Nicholas Cage.
The movie’s theme is the sudden and secret disappearance of 2% of the world’s population in a supposedly dramatic “secret return” of Jesus Christ for his people. The idea – popularly known as “the rapture” from a Bible verse that means “taken up” – is purportedly based on Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 4 and verses 13 to 18.
This, according to the theories of an Irish preacher named John Darby in 1830, is the way the elect of Christ will escape the coming Great Tribulation which Jesus alluded to in Matthew 24:21 but which many Christian thinkers believe was fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD.
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