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On June 22, 1633, the
Italian astronomer, Galileo, in response to the condemnation
of the church spoke the following,
heresy, that is, of having held and believed that the Sun is
the center of the universe and immovable, and that the Earth
is not the center of the same, and that it does move
I abjure with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, I curse
and detest the same errors and heresies,
Tradition tells us he then
turned away and said quietly, But it does
So much for the retraction.
I think it is called, A man convinced against his will
is of the same opinion still.
In our modern age we are
tempted to think that things have changed. We now have
satellites either orbiting our earth or seemingly sitting in
fixed positions as they move through space with the movement
of the earth. There is no scientific question about what
revolves around what.
However in regard to the
pressure of an institution or organization to intimidate and
force individuals into an acceptable mode of thought, I am
not sure that much has changed. Often our churches encourage
us to personal Bible study and prayer but then are not
pleased if as a result of such we return with ideas no
longer in harmony with those of the group.
which are usually founded upon some truth or idea, take on a
life of their own and later generations of believers live
not for the discovery of new truth but to defend the old. We
even sing a songs about such behavior. One of them is
Give me that old time religion. If it was good enough
for grandpa its good enough for me.
How fascinating! Especially
since Proverbs 4:18 reads, The path of the righteous
is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till
the full light of day. Truth is not stagnant. It is a
process of enlightenment. It is the unfolding of the
character and nature of God and how we can continually grow
to become more and more like Him.
Woe be to those who believe
they have the truth, the whole truth and nothing but
the truth. Believing that ultimately dooms any church
or group to the curiosity pile of history.
Roger Bothwell and my address is email@example.com
or 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453. Thank you for your
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