Yesterday we were reminded that we live in geologially unstable areas. At work I was told that there woould be a new topic from COVID 19 on the news. There were three earthquakes around the New Zealand region today all over 7 on the Richter Scale — one off hte east cape of the North Island and two at the Kermadec Islands, to the North West of NZ.
THis led to Tsunami warnings, and a text from my Mum that she and Dad were OK. We take these things seriously: there are alarms in all coastal areas so people will evacuatel
There was a small swell and different tidal pattersn, but no Tsunami. No damage. We dodged a bullet.
But that was nothing compared to what happened with the Lord met with Moses and the Law was given. And Christ is greater than Moses.
16 On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. 17 Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. 18 Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. 19 As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.
20 The Lord descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses went up 21 and the Lord said to him, “Go down and warn the people so they do not force their way through to see the Lord and many of them perish. 22 Even the priests, who approach the Lord, must consecrate themselves, or the Lord will break out against them.”
23 Moses said to the Lord, “The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, ‘Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.’”
24 The Lord replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to the Lord, or he will break out against them.”
25 So Moses went down to the people and told them.
2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.
5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)
7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”
8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.
So the world has a glory and a power that we cannot contain. When Tsunamis come, you get the hell away from the coast as fast as you can. I’ve lived close to the ocean all my life. But I always, when I have the option, live at last 100m above sea level. I avoid activel fault lines — Which takes out Christchurch and Wellington. For there are things we know we cannot deal with.
And God is more powerful than this. Only those with hubrist think they can control such. I am not one. It is far better to worki wtih nature, and with the creator of nature. If we do not do this, there are consequences.
I would note that Charlton is correct about Joyce, Stravisnky and Pound. But he forgets that the late 20th century had Solzhenitsyn, Górecki And Part. Admittedly, these men are Christian, from Middle Europe and Eastern Europe, and do, like Tolkien, Lews, and John Wright, reflect the glory of God.
The twentieth century saw the decline of genius; and part of this was surely the profound misunderstanding of creativity that came from the exclusion of the divine from public discourse.
This led to the false dichotomy of the popular versus personal/ elite creator – and this led to the phenomenon of the evil genius dominating the twentieth century; with more and more of the most influential geniuses from c. 1918 creating in disharmony with the divine: Picasso, James Joyce, Schoenberg and Stravinsky all fell into this category in their later work.
Then, in the later twentieth century, genius became rarer and less gifted; first in the arts (where the evil genius first dominated) then in the science also (as science became less honest, increasingly externally-controlled, and used for increasingly evil purposes).
So we have ended up in the 21st century with very few and marginalized geniuses of lesser stature. Why? Probably because genius originates in God’s placement of potentially-genius souls in particular circumstances.
When genius becomes predominantly evil, and when a single genius can have such massive cultural effects, then it is reasonable to assume that the gift of genius has been withdrawn from the Western, European-originated societies where it was previously most dominant and evident.
When human creativity is being regularly used against divine creation; human creativity is withdrawn by God – as a form of a damage-limitation.
I have had to get down off too many rdiges fast in storms to disesect th epower of storm and wind. A man who is outdoors knows his limitations. In New zeland, that outdoors can destroy your home. It is far better to acknowledge that we are not in control and turn ot God
The current woke, who hate nature, are setting themselves up for destruction. They may wan tthis, but we are not called to follow them, and we don”t want to be that miserable. Go for a walk instead.