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Leo Tolstoy on reading religious literature: "I have never been able to understand the mania some people have for confusing their judgement by devoting themselves to mystical books which only arouse their doubts and excite their imaginations, giving them a bent for exaggeration utterly contrary to Christian simplicity. Let us rather read the Epistles and the Gospels." War and Peace, Penguin Classics, p. 105 How much truth is there in this criticism? Are evangelicals guilty of self-deception? To what extent and how? Do people confuse their judgment by the tendency to read Christian literature (i.e. "mystical books"), literature with particular theological slants, rather than sticking with the Bible itself? Let us pick an evangelical song. Any one. Let's pick the song "He Lives". We sing "He walks with me and talks with me." Is there perhaps some exaggeration here? Are we being totally honest in singing these words. Are we deceiving ourselves a little? Are, at least, a great number of people deceiving themselves when they sing this? In what sense does he walk with us or talk with us? How does Christ's presence in a Christian manifest itself? In any supernatural feelings or experiences? Is his presence "in us" manifested in any other way than simply through the peace and serenity that comes from being at ease with oneself and with God (that peace that comes to one's soul when one turns from the world and sin and turns to God --- seeking the approval of God only and forgetting what the world may think)? Nov 1976 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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