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thoughts from a Russian, a Welsh guy, and an angel

May 21, 2009

The Russian, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, survived a Soviet gulag prision camp and wrote, on p. 168 of “The Gulag Archipelago,”

“If only it were so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

During the life of any heart this line keeps changing place; sometimes it is squeezed one way by exuberant evil and sometimes it shifts to allow enough space for good to flourish. One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being. At times he is close to being a devil, at times to sainthood. But his name doesn’t change, and to that name we ascribe the whole lot, good and evil.”

The Welsh guy, songwriter Martyn Joseph, in his song “Liberal Backslider,” says,

So I’ll be asking for forgiveness then until the day I die
Though I can’t be sure of what I’ve done I think I’d better try
Thank God you’re not the jury, thank God I’m not the judge
Here’s to a bigger picture, here’s to the bigger love!

The angel said in Acts 1:11, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

The Judge, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will return, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. At the end of the day, evil is destroyed and good wins.

Happy Ascension Day!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mark permalink*
    May 21, 2009 10:32 am

    Thanks for those quotes, Joel … I’m grateful for the way you are able to put thoughts together for edification!

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