Family Isn’t the Key to Heaven

“If any of you try to content yourselves with this world, any hope to find a heaven in the midst of your business and your family without looking upward for it, you labor in vain.” -Charles Spurgeon, Talks to Farmers

 

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How Much Do You Really Love Truth, and Hate ‘Alternative Facts?’

“The person involved in the struggle against sin understands that each day is filled with moral occasions. I once met an employer who asks each job applicant, “Describe a time when you told the truth and it hurt you.” He is essentially asking those people if they have their loves in the right order, if they would put love of truth above love of career.” -David Brooks, The Road to Character

Unsatisfying

There is no excuse for this, as Martin Seligman underlined:

You have to be blinded by ideology not to see that almost everything is better in every wealthy nation than it was fifty years ago: we now have about three times more actual purchasing power in the United States. The average house has doubled in size from 1,200 square feet to 2,500 square feet. In 1950 there was one car for every two drivers; now there are more cars than licensed drivers. One out of five children went on to post–high school education; now one out of two children does. Clothes—and even people—seem to look more physically attractive. Progress has not been limited to the material: there is more music, more women’s rights, less racism, more entertainment, and more books. If you had told my parents, living in a 1,200-square-foot house with me and Beth, my older sister, that all this would obtain in only fifty years, they would have said, “That will be paradise.”

And yet “the average American, Japanese, and Australian is no more satisfied with life than fifty years ago, and the average Brit and German is less satisfied.” -David Murray, The Happy Christian

‘All’ Isn’t Really All Unless It Includes Him

“We ‘have all we want’ is a terrible saying when ‘all’ does not include God. We find God an interruption. As St Augustine says somewhere, ‘God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are full—there’s nowhere for Him to put it.’ Or as a friend of mine said, ‘We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; its there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.’” -C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Some More Dangerous Than Others (But Not the Ones You Think)?

“The dangers of apparent self-sufficiency explain why Our Lord regards the vices of the feckless and dissipated so much more leniently than the vices that lead to worldly success. Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger.” -C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

BTW NOTE: Is this true? Isn’t it possible that Jesus doesn’t talk about “the vices of the feckless and dissipated” because it was a ‘given’ in that society that those were wrong, but the vices associated with worldly success were not ‘givens’ and thus needed exposition by Jesus.