I really like the word paradigm, and when I was in high school I would look for occasions in which to use it. They were pretty infrequent, but ironically I’ve had many opportunities recently. As I listen, and read, and think, and pray there are so many revelations, or revolutions of thinking that leave me grateful to God for the unveiling of my eyes.
These may not be of any/much interest to others, but here they are to document:
- Agape love is a love of the will. This is above all other loves, and practically speaking is our joy and should be our pursuit rather than a love that is merely a reaction.
- Thinking of God within and outside of time is not appropriate. When he first acted, he ushered in time, a sequence. It isn’t constricting or diminishing of his omnipotence for him to act within time.
- Thanksgiving isn’t a gift to others, but to ourselves. A thankful person is a happy person – it is an attitude, and if we think of it as an act then we don’t understand thankfulness whatsoever.
- That there are things that God cannot do, namely those things in conflict with his attributes, do not diminish the omnipotence of God. He can do everything that he wants to do.
- The lack of thanksgiving comes from an inordinately high expectation of what we deserve and a downplaying of the gifts we receive and reality. It is opposite to humility and the recognition that we have nothing that we weren’t first given.