Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Quote of the Week


If you could have heaven, with no sickness, with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasure you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?

John Piper
God is the Gospel, p. 15

6 comments:

Craver Vii said...

All of His positive benefits, but never connecting with the Source?
:-(

The Gyrovague said...

Nope. I like what I like in nature and whatnot because it points to God. Never seeing that which I search for would be a bummer.

Ted Gossard said...

Good thought, and of course it is Christ being the center that makes all the difference for us. Without him life is topsy-turvey, like the world. But with him comes the beauty of God's kingdom. Have to keep working on keeping him center, though. Though someday that will no longer be the case!

Every Square Inch said...

Craver, gyrovague, Ted

Your responses are wonderful. I must confess that the quote made me think real hard. I wondered whether or not what I love are all "His positive benefits" (as Craver said) but not His presence.

I think Piper's point is that the real good news is not just about forgiveness of sins (as wonderful as it is) but about a reconciled relationship with God.

HALFMOM said...

No Way!

Every Square Inch said...

HalfMom

I love your emphatic response!