Gary North's message for Christmas Day 1999greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
-- King of Spain (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 25, 1999
-- K. Stevens (kstevens@ It's ALL going away in six days.com), December 25, 1999.
Thank you Dr. North.
It's important today to remember that many of the comforts of the Bible are mentioned for the benefit of those in the Last Days.
-- Hokie (email@example.com), December 25, 1999.
Many of the GI's are atheists. Will they try to blame the Christians though?
-- Butt Nugget (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 25, 1999.
In his masterful book, Christ and Time, theologian Oscar Cullman wrote the following. As I read your Christmas Greeting I thought of this:
"It is already the time of the end and yet is not the end. This tension finds expression in the entire theology of Primitive Christianity. The present period of the Church is the time between the decisive battle, which has already occurred, and the Victory Day. To anyone who does not take clear account of this tension, the entire New Testament is a book with seven seals, for this tension is the silent presupposition that lies behind all that it says. This is the only dialectic and the only dualism that is found in the New Testament. It is not the dialectic between this world and the Beyond; moreover it is not that between time and eternity; it is rather the dialectic of present and future (Christ and Time p. 146)."
Dr. North, I commend you for courageously persevering in your message, despite months of tarring and feathering by the DGIs and DWGIs. Thanks for the thousands of pages of reference material I've devoured, thanks too for the underlying theology which maintains hope, even in the midst of uncertainty.
For those of us who understand the linear view of history, the events of the next few days have context and purpose. I fear that for many of the GIs, Y2K has become synonymous with death. And with it, futility and despair. While there could be many many casualties because of Y2K, those who view Christ as Lord of Time understand that no matter how severe the chaos, it has meaning and purpose in the larger scope of things.
Those who view history in linear rather than cyclic fashion see the possible end of the age in a few days not simply as one more revolution of the cosmic wheel. Most emphatically, we reject this image in favor of another: the turning of the *last* page of one chapter to the *first* page of the next. There is progress in history, not because of cosmic evolution but because all history is His Story--the story of God's redemption in Christ.
Merry Christmas Dr. North.
-- JER (I_get_it@this.time), December 25, 1999.
Yes, another excellent message. Thanks, King of Spain, for linking it.
-- DB (tomG@h.com), December 25, 1999.
Butt, I have found most GIs to be spiritual GIs, much more so than average.
-- Mara (MaraWayne@aol.com), December 25, 1999.
Does anyone know Dr. North's e-mail address? I have been wanting to personally thank him for some time for his tireless efforts to keep us focused on the Y2K issue. Thanks much in advance.
-- Robert (email@example.com), December 25, 1999.
As someone who is not Christian, I'd like to thank Gary North for the way he has appropriately kept his religious perspective and style out of the dialogue. I get the feeling he'd prefer to speak in this particular mode, but I really appreciate it that he hasn't. I certainly don't have any problem with him speaking this way to his fellow Christians on this special holiday. May your Christmas be rich and deep.
Any issue that has me uniting with Gary North (strange bedfellows indeed) is one that has to be taken seriously.
-- Firemouse (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 25, 1999.
What? The ultimate doomer telling me not to worry?? ---Just kidding. I do get it. Thanks Dr. North
-- Wm McBride (email@example.com), December 26, 1999.
Gary's email....I think its firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all of your time and effort spent trying to help people Mr. North!!!!
-- (email@example.com), December 26, 1999.
I love and respect you, sir.
-- Joseph Almond (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 26, 1999.