November 11, 2019 - Destruction’s Priest

Ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote a three-part drama about the cycle of violence and revenge that began when Atreus, King of Argos, murdered two sons of his brother. He then—holding a great banquet—fed their cooked flesh to the unknowing father. In this immediate context, that of human depravity, the chorus in the play afterward sang about a shepherd who reared a lion cub in his own home, a gentle creature whom the family loved and cared for until one day, showing “the nature of its kind,” the lion ripped them all to shreds:


“The whelp once reared with lambs, now a grown beast,’

Fulfills his nature as Destruction’s priest!


Though pagan, Aeschylus made a very biblical point: humans are evil and, placed in the right circumstances, each of us will, like the lion, show “the nature of its kind.”


Interestingly enough, about 500 years after Aeschylus, the apostle Paul drew a similar conclusion about humans: “No one does good, not a single one. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies. Snake venom drips from their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace. They have no fear of God at all” (Romans 3:12-18, NLT).


Do we, today, in the 21st century, need any reminders of human evil? Hardly. And we don’t need to read the news, either, to know just how real it is. Instead, all we have to do is look in the mirror, or even more painfully, into our own hearts.


And yet, amazingly enough—despite this evil, God loves the world (John 3:16) which means, really, that He loves each one of us, even with the darkness that lurks within each of us. The ultimately question for any of us, all of us, is how do we respond to that love? Do we accept what that love offers us—eternal life—and, in response, love God back and show that love by obeying His commandments (1 John 5:3), or do we not? On this question, the literal and heavy burden of eternity weighs in—and big time, too. In fact, if you think about it, it doesn’t get any bigger than that, does it?

Recent Posts

See All

November 30, 2020 - Immanence and Transcendence

Most people with any knowledge of the Bible know the prophecy of Daniel 2. King Nebuchadnezzar has a dream and he asks his wise men, first, to tell him the dream that he had and, second, to interpret

November 23, 2020 - The Creeps

Abstract expressionist painter William de Kooning, who lived most of his adult life in New York City, spent one summer in the country. One night he and his wife were in the woods and saw a night sky f

November 16, 2020 - To Live In Eternity

Our lives, it seems, are run by the clock, by time. And yet, interesting enough, scientists aren’t even sure what time is. That is, not what time is it, but rather, what is time itself? This isn’t a n

COMING SOON

TO LLBN

CALL CENTER

MAILING ADDRESS

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES*

Walk-In Donations

 

MAIN STUDIO ADDRESS

Services Available: 

7 Days A Week

5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. PT

TOLL FREE PHONE NUMBER

LOCAL PHONE NUMBER

PO Box 550

Loma Linda, CA 92354

 

11201 California Street, Suite F

Redlands, CA 92373

*Use this address for shipping

 

11327 Main Street

Loma Linda, CA 92354

  • youtube_icon.png
  • Wix Facebook page
  • Wix Twitter page
  • Pinterest Classic
  • LinkedIn Classic
  • _Instagram.jpg

All Donations Are Tax Deductible

Non-Profit 501c3

 

© 2013-2020 LLBN TV. All Rights Reserved.