Use the Rainbow, Please!

In the name of one thing, they hang a banner declaring the character of God, his BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, PATIENT LOVE.

The problem with society’s use of the Rainbow today is the ironic REAL DECLARATION they unknowingly make.

If you fly the flag, you preach the Bible to all God’s faithful people. You are reminding us to pray for you, and hope for you, and to hope for us all.

“And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Gen 9:12-13

The Rainbow is a Promise that He Will Be Patient with Us.

Even when society becomes as those in the days of Noah, as Christ warned, where “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time” Gen 6:5–even then, God will be patient. As Saint Peter said:

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” 2 Peter 3:9

With every use of these beautiful colors, the LGBT community is reminding the rest of us that God is patient and loving, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. You say nothing else.

Patience Means Waiting for Change.

Use the flag, dear friends, declare your hatred of him-whom-you-do-not-know, because it makes us love you even more. It makes us care even more to tell you what the Rainbow really means for you. 

He’s giving you a chance. 

He’s giving you time.

But don’t waste your time, don’t waste this chance.

The Rainbow Belongs to the Covenant Community

It belongs to those whose names are in the Lamb’s Book of Life. It always has. It’s his Rainbow we will see for eternity, around the Throne in Heaven. 

You have rightly taken it, for in it, the beautiful sovereign God has given his people another reminder. A banner of hope. He will not yet sweep his punishment on this world. Not until the last preChristian repents, as Peter shows. Your flag is a modern-day miracle for us. From God. To remind us.

Use the Flag

Use the flag. And know, you declare with those lovely colors “GOD IS PATIENT WITH ME. GOD GIVES ME LIFE. GOD IS GIVING ME TIME TO REPENT.”

Use the flag. But with each flutter, remember your moments are ticking down. You are mortal and have the wonderfully long but painfully short life to figure this Rainbow out.

The first half of the Rainbow promise was that God would not flood the earth again. Peter continues with the second half of the Rainbow promise:

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation. 2 Peter 3:10-15

What Kind of People Ought We to Be?

We all have these desires waging war in us to do this thing or that. These desires all feel natural. But natural does not by nature mean good. 

One sin is not worse than any other. What matters is that we see it as sin. Jesus loved sinners, but not the sin. He called sin sin, and even turned away those who had eager hearts but were not willing to let go of the smallest of sins.

“Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

Look at the things on this list. Nobody is exempt:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor IDOLATERS, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the GREEDY, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 

And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6

We are all greedy, holding on to our “PRECIOUS” like Gollum. We are all idolaters, worshipping ourselves narcissistically rather than worshipping God. None of us qualify to enter the Kingdom of God unless we call sin sin and look to the cross of Christ as our only escape from that dreadful day.

You May Hate Me for What I Say.

You may do all sorts of things against me because the beautiful Rainbow flag you use speaks to me of God’s great promises for the world.

But you won’t stop the direction my mind goes when I see the flag. It is etched into my soul. The Rainbow is God’s signature on a contract. God is patient, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.

Thank you for reminding me!

Quora: What Does God Get from Making Man?

Quora: Why did God make the universe, anyway?

This is such a good question. Not only what does God “gain” from us, but why is that even RIGHT?

So one day we will ALL tell us how great and wonderful he is.

We will either actively and eagerly tell him how kind, loving, patient, compassionate and wise he is…

or we will passively tell how holy, just, and patient he was with defiant US.

Read on…

Facts of the Matter: Monophysite Controversy

nativitysceneMONOPHYSITE CONTROVERSY

In Trunk of Scrolls, Marcellus, Sophia, and Byziana take on this very important topic, because wrapped up in the answer is why the Incarnation was essential at all, and ultimately, why there is pain in the world.

We may wonder why something that happened so long ago matters to us today.  Recognizing heresy fine-tunes our understanding of truth. The heresies of the early church, particularly regarding the nature of Christ and the nature of the Trinity, were tools that God used to force the church to grapple with and then to know Truth.

The controversy over the exact nature of Christ consumed theological, political and philosophical thought during the early church period.

Pope Leo’s Tome says:

. . . it does not belong to the same nature to weep out of deep-felt pity for a dead friend, and to call him back to life again at the word of command, once the mound had been removed from the four-day old grave; or to hang on the cross and, with day changed into night, to make the elements tremble; or to be pierced by nails and to open the gates of paradise for the believing thief. Likewise, it does not belong to the same nature to say I and the Father are one, and to say The Father is greater than I.

and

The Chalcedon Confession says:

“the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved”

From Monophysite Theology:

“Monophysites tended to follow a more Eastern view of Jesus as incarnate Word, uniting God and Man in a single person; the Chalcedonians tended top follow a more Western view of Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb, intimately linked with mankind, and an example for all to follow . . . . The emphasis for the Monophysites was more Alexandrian in thought, while the Chalcedonians more Antiochian. It was the aspect of the Incarnation that each side stressed, rather than the words they used to express it, that really separated the two camps.”


Analysis

The distinction between the TWO NATURES/ONE PERSON of Christ can be very roughly paralleled in our own nature. We have a physical part and a spiritual part. Our body and soul. They are distinguishable from each other, yet part of the same Identity.  If you try to separate my body from my soul, you would kill ME.

The “mixing” of the natures was one of the big issues:

We say Christ is fully human. We say Christ is fully divine. But still the same Christ.

While it may seem to be ‘splitting hairs’ over definitions of “nature” and “being” and “essence,” the debate is essential.  Whom do we worship? Is this reasonable?

As two characters said in Trunk of Scrolls:

“. . . It matters more than anything. It determines heresy or orthodoxy. Worship or blasphemy. It matters more than this home and the fine robe you are wearing. More than your daily bread. Your belief on Chalcedon identifies the very God you worship.” (Lady Sophia)

And

Widow Arité took a deep breath and shook her head. “All I know is Jesus Christ died on the cross. And how could he die if he was not man? It makes sense that only a man could pay the penalty for the sin of man. This is enough for me.” (Widow Arité)


Diagrams

This diagram shows the orthodox “Chalcedonian” view, to which the Monophysites were opposed:

This diagram shows the place the Monophysite heresy (Eutychianism) held in the arguments to understand the natures and person of Christ.

Modern Day Monophysites/Miaphysites:

Coptic Church

(claim to be Miaphysite “One nature”, not Monophysite “Single nature”)

“The Lord Jesus Christ is God Himself, the Incarnate Logos Who took to Himself a perfect manhood. His Divine nature is one with his human nature yet without mingling, confusion or alteration; a complete Hypostatic Union. Words are inadequate to describe this union.”

Ethiopian Coptic church (closest to Monophysite)

“After the Union, Christ was no longer in two natures. The two natures became united into one nature without separation, without confusion and without change. Thus He was at the same tithe perfect God and perfect man.

This is the union of the natures in the Incarnation. After the union Christ is not two persons or two natures. but one Person, one incarnate Nature of God the Son, with one will, but being at once divine and human.

If you separate the natures after the union and say that Christ is in two natures, you will be confronted with serious problems. You will have to admit, for instance, that Christ was crucified merely as a man and that therefore he did not redeem the world, for God alone is able to accomplish the world’s redemption. In brief, it is held that Christ, in acting, acted as a united being, not separately as man or separately as God.”

Ironically, these distinctions have lost all significance for the Catholic and Orthodox churches, as you will see in the linked pages, and in this statement by the Coptic Church:

“[The Roman Catholic and Orthodox] separation in the fifth and sixth centuries can now be seen as having been due to linguistic, political and national factors. Since they have had the same faith all along; all that remains to be done is to remove a few secondary difficulties such as mutual anathemas, the non-recognition of each other’s saints and parallel jurisdictions. When these difficulties are removed, a new step will be achieved in the Ecumenical Movement, which eagerly desires the union of all churches.” (emphasis mine)

That which they care most about is disregarding of differences and embracing similarities. So the bigger question is, why did it matter so much? Is it still important? How much do definitions of God or Christ matter? Leave your comments below.


For more detailed information, see New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia Eutychianism and Monophysitism.