Comments on: Bad news crowds out the good in the world, Pope Benedict says http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/01/02/bad-news-crowds-out-the-good-in-the-world-pope-benedict-says/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: quintessential1 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/01/02/bad-news-crowds-out-the-good-in-the-world-pope-benedict-says/comment-page-1/#comment-76082 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:32:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=27286#comment-76082 True that the media both magnifies and normalises wickedness. True also that probing can unearth unseen good in places. However – if the message of God’s Christ is to be faithfully delivered – the better and most helpful announcement would tell us the following: that each of us, if straight with ourselves, will identify that there is an inner inclination toward evil within each of us; whether manifest in the smallest lie, manipulation, cover-up, sulk, or in the most horrific of darknesses. Unable to escape this perverse inclination, one needs a practical escape, both from the inclination itself (sin) and from one’s growing list of actions (sins) birthed out of that inclination. The Escape has a name; “and thou shalt call His Name Jesus; for it is He that shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Right there we hear that the only escape is in reality our death. Love therefore came to offer His own death in your place – to free you, paying the penalty for your sin and your sins. Forever setting you free. Forever by His death – you live. Believe Him. Herein is the only – for it is God’s – response to bad news. Herein is good news. Rather….the good news.

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By: quintessential1 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2013/01/02/bad-news-crowds-out-the-good-in-the-world-pope-benedict-says/comment-page-1/#comment-75786 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 23:21:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/?p=27286#comment-75786 True that the media both magnifies and normalises wickedness. True also that probing can unearth unseen good in places. However – if the message of God’s Christ is to be faithfully delivered – the better and most helpful announcement would tell us the following: that each of us, if straight with ourselves, will identify that there is an inner inclination toward evil within each of us; whether manifest in the smallest lie, manipulation, cover-up, sulk, or in the most horrific of darknesses. Unable to escape this perverse inclination, one needs a practical escape, both from the inclination itself (sin) and from one’s growing list of actions (sins) birthed out of that inclination. The Escape has a name; “and thou shalt call His Name Jesus; for it is He that shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). Right there we hear that the only escape is in reality our death. Love therefore came to offer His own death in your place – to free you, paying the penalty for your sin and your sins. Forever setting you free. Forever by His death – you live. Believe Him. Herein is the only – for it is God’s – response to bad news. Herein is good news. Rather….the good news.

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