Included in this week’s issue:
God’s Indescribable Love
“We can know God’s love by experiencing it but the depths of our experience can never be adequately defined in words.” -Gerald Bray, God is Love
Are Male and Female Different?
In the last few weeks, our nation has been engaged in a tremendous debate over whether men and women have inherent differences, thanks to a leaked memo from an engineer at Google. Of course, we believe that men and women have intrinsic differences – not better or worse – as God created each in His image as unique creatures. It is no small thing that so many in our culture today doubt any real difference between male and female, or even that male and female even exist in any meaningful way. Satan well understands what male and female represent in the world, whose “image” and “likeness” they are created in. Thus, he is viciously attacking the truth of male and female in these days because he hates what they represent.
Last week, one of our staff wrote a thoughtful and deeply research-based piece on what science has been finding in the last few decades about the differences between male and female. It’s interesting information that all of us should be aware of.
The Sanctity of Humanity, Beauty, the Fall, and Redemption
The great Dutch philosopher, theologian, educator and politician, Abraham Kuyper reminds us of some important truths about the wonderful part of God’s creation: Beauty and humanity.
At creation, a sense of this divinity that is located in the form and appearance of things was created in human beings, such that one of the features of our creation according to God’s image consisted in the sense of beauty. This sense of beauty was darkened by sin, and would have been lost entirely if common grace had not preserved it for us in part. This state of affairs is not destined to last forever, but will be terminated by a universal cosmic fire, and from this cosmic fire, a new world will come forth that will give us nothing to see but perfected beauty, and this perfected beauty is called the “kingdom of glory.”
One of the great hopes of our salvation is that Jesus has made a way for all of us to participate in this gloriously good news. This is just one reason why our collective work for the Gospel is so wonderful and critical.