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Old 02-13-2005, 01:45 PM   #1
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Sunday Dispatch #220

You can only be independent of God while you’ve got youth and prosperity; independence won’t take you safely to the end. Well, we’ve now got youth and prosperity right up to the end. What follows? Evidently, that we can be independent of God.

~Mustapha Mond in chapter 17 Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

And now I will show you the most excellent way.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not selfseeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

~1 Corinthians 13

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Old 02-13-2005, 02:38 PM   #2
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Interesting that you quote Huxley 'cos I was thinking of him the other day. I was looking at the website of the Unitarian church here in Ireland and the pastor seems to quote Huxley in his sermons. I didn't really get that, as I wouldn't see Huxley as a remotely spiritual writer! Put me off the Unitarians to be honest.
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