'An Unfamiliar Road'
7So place yourselves under Godís authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. 8Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds, you doubters. 9Be miserable, mourn, and cry. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into gloom. 10Humble yourselves in the Lordís presence. Then he will give you a high position. James 4
So far, James has been pulling the hearts and minds
'The Importance of History'
In the last part, I talked about the broad difference between the Quran and the Bible. Simply put, the Bible, as an historic document, contains the background needed to interpret what is written. The Quran, as a book, does not. The historic interpretation, and indeed much of the interpretation of the Quran itself, must come from other documents called 'Hadiths', which are, basically, written by authors to explain the historic context of certain parts
Few things in life are more elusive than a person's memory. Things I thought I would never forget five years ago are already buried in the recesses of my mind by a myriad of other impressions, thoughts, feelings, and events. It is no wonder, then, that God constantly calls upon the children of Israel to remember His deeds, remember His covenant love, remember His statutes and Law. We humans constantly need reminders to keep us on track.
One of the most intriguing elements of the Law
Lets take another look at 2 Corinthians 12:7.... An Amplified look:
WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY? (AMP):
(2Co 12:7 AMP) And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted. [Job. 2:6.]
SHOOT'N FROM THE HIP:
Now I am certain satan sent this messenger
(2Ch 20:21-25 AMP)
When he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers to sing to the Lord and praise Him in their holy [priestly] garments as they went out before the army, saying, Give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir who had come against Judah, and they were [self-] slaughtered; For [suspecting betrayal] the men of Ammon and Moab