April 18th, 2007
Some truths are matter-of-opinion truths. For example, there is no correct answer to the question, “What is the best flavour of icecream?” At any given time, a majority of people may have a particular preference, but it’s something that can change. On the other hand some truths are only-one-answer truths. For example, either humans are causing global warming or they’re not. This has nothing to do with what your opinion is. Your opinion can’t affect scientific reality. If humans are causing global warming and your opinion is that they’re not, then your opinion is wrong. In such circumstances, all opinions can’t be equally valid…
Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy — Chapter 4
4:1 In the presence of God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead, and in the light of his appearing and his Kingdom, I tell you to 4:2 preach the message. Be ready when the time is right and when the time is not right. Warn, rebuke and encourage, with great patience in your teaching. 4:3 The time will come when people will not tolerate good teaching. Following their own desires, they will bring together for themselves teachers who will say what they want to hear. 4:4 They will stop listening to truth, and start listening to fiction. 4:5 You must remain sensible in everything, enduring hardships, doing the work of an evangelist, and completing your ministry.
4:6 I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time has come for me to leave. 4:7 I have fought the good fight. I have reached the end of the road. I have kept the faith. 4:8 Now the crown of righteousness is waiting for me. The Lord, the righteous judge, will give it to me on the judgment day, and not just to me, but also to everyone who has yearned for his return. 4:9 Try hard to visit me soon, 4:10 because Demas loves the present world too much and has left me, going to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful in my work. 4:12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 4:13 Bring the coat that I left in Troas with Carpus when you come, and the scrolls, especially the parchments. 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith has done me a lot of damage. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 4:15 You should also watch out for him, because he vigorously opposed our message.
4:16 At the first hearing of my case, no-one came to help me. Everyone deserted me. May it not be counted against them. 4:17 But the Lord stood by me, and gave me strength so that the message could be fully proclaimed through me, and all the Gentiles could hear it. I was rescued from the mouth of the lion. 4:18 The Lord will keep rescuing me from all evil, and will keep me safe for his heavenly Kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
4:19 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, and the family of Onesiphorus. 4:20 Erastus stayed in Corinth, and Trophimus was unwell when I left him in Miletus. 4:21 Try to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the believers. 4:22 The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.
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