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The Syndrome of Hubris...

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... the sickness of those who believe that they know everything.


The illustration for John Milton's Paradise
Lost  by Gustave Doré(1866).The spiritual
descent of Lucifer into Satan is one of
the most  famous examples of hubris...
This is a personality trait that we find sometimes among believers and always among cultists. The word "hubris" came to my attention a few years ago, through reading a critique of Rob Bell's book called LOVE WINS. Bell challenged teaching on eternal punishment as something "toxic", thereby defying all the carefully analyzed and accepted beliefs of church history. What kind of mentality can make such assertions? This short article gives us the answer to that question. 

I copy for you the Wikipedia definition of "hubris":
"Hubris (/ˈhjuːbrɪs/, also hybris, from ancient Greek ὕβρις) describes a personality quality of extreme or foolish pride or dangerous over-confidence. In its ancient Greek context, it typically describes behavior that defies the norms of behavior or challenges the gods, and which in turn brings about the downfall, or nemesis, of the perpetrator of hubris."

Zion’s Sinners and Righteous Ones

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31. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 33

God’s cup for measuring evil
 
Throughout the book of Isaiah, we find the prophet taken up with the development and the advance of the Assyrian Empire and army. It was establishing its dominance on the world scene of that day. God informs His people concerning it and encourages them by referring to its ultimate destruction. His word reaches out to the Assyrian himself to warn him of the coming judgment. As I have mentioned previously, these prophecies stretch beyond the immediate situation to the rising Babylonian Empire and to other world powers, which will take their place in the future, and sometimes they reach to the end of the age.

Therefore in verse 1, the subject addressed is primarily Assyria, but takes in any oppressive human system that exerts its power over weaker nations. They are characterized as destructive and treacherous and they attack without provocation. They are not seeking to recover, what has been taken from them, or to take revenge on harm done to them. Those under their attack have not betrayed or hurt them in the past. That is not necessary to an army made up of fallen human beings. They are inherently evil.

God allows them to progress up to a certain point and carefully measures the level of their evil deeds. He makes a curious statement in the book of Genesis, stating that “the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete” (Gen.15:16), giving this as a reason why He would delay the beginning of His plan to use Abraham’s descendants to conquer the Amorites and Canaan, for four generations. On the other hand, Christ stated that the generation had come and the time was ripe for rebellious Jews to “fill up, then, the measure of your fathers” (Mt.23:32). The prophecy before us declares that the time will come, when all evildoers will be visited with the same treachery and destruction that they have dealt to others.

New Serbian Blog!

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Belgrade, Serbia
Some friends of mine are working together in order to present a new Serbian blogspot. If you understand Serbian and know people who understand it, you will want to take advantage of something that will truly be beneficial in feeding the Lord´s sheep. I am sure that you will enjoy it! How pleased I am to see good literature available to serious Christians, who love truth and are hungry to receive something, with which to be spiritually enriched!

We are going to be cooperating with this effort and the following link will take you to the blog:

http://www.potragazabogom.com


God and His People

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30. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 31-32

Chapter 31
The Egyptians have always been known for their horses.

Earlier in this book we learned much about God dealing with the enemies of Judah and now we are learning about their ally. We do not need much discernment to beware of our enemies, but the Lord wants to help us to see a greater danger in our would-be allies. Above all, we need to be aware of ourselves; the truth is that we are our own worst enemies.

Great precautions have to be taken against the one, who we see when we look in a mirror. An old preacher used to say, “My greatest enemy is the man, who married my wife!” In these days of common divorce and remarriage, he may have been misunderstood, so just in case something else comes to mind, I will clarify that he was referring to himself.

God Waits to be Gracious

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29. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 30

Please be sure to have your Bible open, as we begin, so that you can directly refer to the Scripture throughout our study.

Symptoms of rebellion

This chapter begins with a woe, pronounced against stubborn and rebellious children: “Woe to the rebellious children, says the Lord” (v.1). I notice it is translated in my Spanish version, “children who separate themselves” and the Hebrew word can be defined in that way. Here are the definitions: to turn away, be refractory, backsliding, rebellious, revolter, stubborn, to withdraw.

I think, then, that we can judge a separation from God as an important and sure sign that someone has turned rebellious. Therefore, the first error of rebellion is a refusal to walk with God and consists in making a decision to take an independent pathway. Independence sings a sweet song and many are attracted by it, follow it and leave the heavenly highway.