Lecture on the Papacy:
Gladness of the heart is the life of a man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongs his days.
Many Christians are like wheel-barrows, they always have to be shoved, and they're very easily upset!
When you are arguing against God you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.
The grammarian, as one smartly observes, can decline nouns in every case, yet can decline death in no case (Hebrews 9:27)
First Premise: 'Everything that begins to exist has a beginning.'
Second premise: 'The universe began to exist.'
Conclusion: 'So the universe had a cause.'
Choosing a Church:
In our pick-and-mix religious culture of today we can all find a religious form to express ourselves. "If you like people and enjoy sharing with others, you will probably pick a church with a relational tone to it. If you are, on the other hand happier with books than with people, you will choose to worship at a church of of a more cerebral bent. If you have a fortress mentality you will find a church that makes a clear separation between us and them. If you feel guilty and want to be punished, you might look for a church which confirms your negative self-image. If you are insecure in your religious beliefs, you will probably look for a religious institution in which every doctrine is chiseled in concrete. We need to be careful not to equate our psychological needs with biblical truth." What's your criteria for choosing a church?
There is a fear that is formally and intrinsically sinful. It is not only our unhappiness, but our fault. It arises from an unworthy distrust of God.