Comments for internetmonk.com http://www.internetmonk.com ...dispatches from the post-evangelical wilderness Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:31:58 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Comment on Lead Us Not Into Temptation… But Deliver Us From Evil by Vega Magnus http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/deliver-us-from-evil/comment-page-1#comment-935759 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:31:58 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52147#comment-935759 I believe in evil personified in Satan, however, when it comes to my personal temptations and sins, I am pretty certain that they are generated internally by my human flaws and that the responsibility for both the idea to sin and the action itself are mine.

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Comment on Screwtape on the Existence of Demons by JoelG http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/screwtape-on/comment-page-1#comment-935752 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:43:14 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52140#comment-935752 If you look up info on the anguish and torment Luther experienced trying to be “perfect” as a monk you will understand this quote better in light of it. I think this is just a long way of emphasizing that we are saved by faith, not works, and that there’s only one accuser, and it’s certainly not God in light of Christs work on the cross. w, hope you continue to comment here as you are always a breath of fresh air. But I also understand the anxiety that comes from reading blogs. Peace : )

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Comment on Screwtape on the Existence of Demons by Robert F http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/screwtape-on/comment-page-1#comment-935749 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:18:42 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52140#comment-935749 w, I think we mock the devil when we love God, and our neighbor.

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Comment on Screwtape on the Existence of Demons by Al Owski http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/screwtape-on/comment-page-1#comment-935736 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:25:43 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52140#comment-935736 I’ve read C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, but didn’t realize until recently that Screwtape’s literary ancestor was Tolstoy’s Beelzebub. In “The Overthrow of Hell and it’s Restoration”, Tolstoy describes the corruption of Jesus’ teaching by the rise of doctrinal divisions, institutionalization of the church, and its symbiotic relationship with the state. While Lewis’s demons seem to work actively in the lives of individuals, Tolstoy’s demons stand by and pretty much watch mankind’s stubborn and selfish impulses play out to damage the Kingdom and do Beelzebub’s work for him. Perhaps Screwtape’s best strategy is to have us arguing about how many demons can dance on the head of a pin. See: http://www.nonresistance.org/docs_pdf/Tolstoy/Restoration_of_Hell.pdf

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Comment on Screwtape on the Existence of Demons by Joel http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/screwtape-on/comment-page-1#comment-935735 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:20:55 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52140#comment-935735 (Pushes Gollum to evil, not Sam. Ah, ambiguous pronouns…)

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Comment on Screwtape on the Existence of Demons by Joel http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/screwtape-on/comment-page-1#comment-935734 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:15:52 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52140#comment-935734 It’s easy to forget how mean Sam can sometimes be in the books, by the way – Sam’s abuse toward Gollum is what finally pushes him over the edge to evil. The movies (which I like!) don’t really capture his darker side.

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Comment on Screwtape on the Existence of Demons by numo http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/screwtape-on/comment-page-1#comment-935728 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:50:08 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52140#comment-935728 CM, I think that the wardrobe is brilliant, and the snow and street lamp and Tumnus. In other places, it gets dodgy, for me, at least Dawntreader is probably my favorite of the entire series, though -very mysterious and otherwordly in places.

I also agree on the parallel universes, i guess you could call them.

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Comment on Screwtape on the Existence of Demons by numo http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/screwtape-on/comment-page-1#comment-935727 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:40:20 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52140#comment-935727 Oh it isn’t a pile-on. This is the first time i have ever come across other people openly saying what i have been thinking for a long time, but had never admitted to because Lewis is held in such reverence by so many evangelicals. I thin it is more of a “Me, too” reaction that’s been taking place.

I certainly am not jeering at the man and still enjoy aspects of his writing very much. But it does seem odd that American evangelicals have so much reverence for someone who was not only very English, but very scholarly and pretty high Anglican to boot.

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Comment on Screwtape on the Existence of Demons by w http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/screwtape-on/comment-page-1#comment-935724 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:26:18 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52140#comment-935724 R David I am laughing with you seeing all those that are without doubt considered to be his equal in all the work that is being produced. Quite amazing isn’t it.

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Comment on Screwtape on the Existence of Demons by w http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/screwtape-on/comment-page-1#comment-935699 Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:24:49 +0000 http://www.internetmonk.com/?p=52140#comment-935699 OP one has to wonder where these things have originated from. Yes many things are done by us. I wonder what the young men I see in the world I work in are driven by. How they slip off to the strip clubs or watch movies or think being tough is doing the things that are well just plain nasty. The person addicted to porn so much his wife walks out on him. We see the effects of all kinds of things and then say there is no type of worship going on. I see a whole lot of games right here and different things at work. I see the twisting and lack of compassion and wonder what am I doing.

So many young people who are lost and have no upbringing to even hold on to. Many just trying to survive and have no idea what is even being said in forums like this nor would they care. I’m glad I got to meet you here OP. I see the time for moving on soon and my commenting coming to an end. Peace… we will meet.

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