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mort...
Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:52 pm
 
http://www.sensusdivinitatis.com/2009/03/14/herman-bavinck-beauty-as-a-gift-from-god/

Herman Bavinck

And the beauty always awakens in us images, moods, and affections that
otherwise would have remained dormant and not even known to us.
Beauty thus discloses us to ourselves and also grants us another, new
glimpse into nature and humanity. It deepens, broadens, enriches our
inner life, and it lifts us for a moment above the dreary, sinful, sad
reality; beauty also brings cleansing, liberation, revival to our
burdened and dejected hearts.

We cannot express in words the valuable gift the Creator of all things
has granted to His children. He is the Lord of glory and spreads his
beauty lavishly before our eyes in all His works. His name is
precious in the whole earth, and while He did not leave us without a
witness, He also fills our hearts with happiness when we observe that
glory. Beauty and the sense of beauty respond to each other, as the
knowable object and the knowing subject, the religio objectiva
[responding] to the religio subjectiva. Truly, awareness of beauty
cannot be fully explained as "empathy"; when observing and enjoying
true beauty, it is not man who bestows his affections and moods on the
observed object, but it is Godís glory that meets and enlightens us in
our perceptive spirits through nature and art. Humanity and the world
are related because they are both related to God. The same reason,
the same spirit, the same order lives in both. Beauty is the harmony
that still shines through the chaos in the world; by Godís grace,
beauty is observed, felt, translated by artists; it is prophecy and
guarantee that this world is not destined for ruin but for glory - a
glory for which there is a longing deep in every human heart.
 
old man joe...
Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:07 am
 
On Fri, 27 Aug 2010 22:52:40 -0700 (PDT), mort <mort_tyler at (no spam) yahoo.com> wrote:

Quote:
http://www.sensusdivinitatis.com/2009/03/14/herman-bavinck-beauty-as-a-gift-from-god/

Herman Bavinck

And the beauty always awakens in us images, moods, and affections that
otherwise would have remained dormant and not even known to us.
Beauty thus discloses us to ourselves and also grants us another, new
glimpse into nature and humanity. It deepens, broadens, enriches our
inner life, and it lifts us for a moment above the dreary, sinful, sad
reality; beauty also brings cleansing, liberation, revival to our
burdened and dejected hearts.

We cannot express in words the valuable gift the Creator of all things
has granted to His children. He is the Lord of glory and spreads his
beauty lavishly before our eyes in all His works. His name is
precious in the whole earth, and while He did not leave us without a
witness, He also fills our hearts with happiness when we observe that
glory. Beauty and the sense of beauty respond to each other, as the
knowable object and the knowing subject, the religio objectiva
[responding] to the religio subjectiva. Truly, awareness of beauty
cannot be fully explained as "empathy"; when observing and enjoying
true beauty, it is not man who bestows his affections and moods on the
observed object, but it is Godís glory that meets and enlightens us in
our perceptive spirits through nature and art. Humanity and the world
are related because they are both related to God. The same reason,
the same spirit, the same order lives in both. Beauty is the harmony
that still shines through the chaos in the world; by Godís grace,
beauty is observed, felt, translated by artists; it is prophecy and
guarantee that this world is not destined for ruin but for glory - a
glory for which there is a longing deep in every human heart.

" it is prophecy and guarantee that this world is not destined for ruin but for glory "...
to the contrary, this world is destined for total destruction by fire... the wrath of God.

" But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto
fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. " 2 Pet. 3:7
 
 
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