If therefore we see any of the followers of Christ, in the midst of the most violent, unreasonable and wicked opposition, of God’s and his own enemies, maintaining under all this temptation, the humility, quietness, and gentleness of a lamb, and the harmlessness, and love, and sweetness of a dove, we may well judge that there is a good soldier of Jesus Christ
Holiness is a most beautiful, lovely thing. Of a more bright and pure nature, more serene, calm, peaceful, and delightsome. What a sweet calmness, what a calm ecstasy, does it bring to the soul.
Humility may be defined to be a habit of mind and heart
corresponding to our comparative unworthiness and vileness
before God; or a sense of our own comparative lowness in His
sight, with the disposition to a behavior answerable thereto.
A truly humble man is sensible of the small extent of his
knowledge, and the great extent of his ignorance, and of the
small extent of his understanding, as compared with the
understanding of God.
He is sensible of his weakness, how little his strength is,
and how little he is able to do.
He is sensible of his natural distance from God,
of his dependence on Him,
of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom;
and that it is by God’s power that he is upheld and provided for;
and that he needs God’s wisdom to lead and guide him,
and His might to enable him to do what he ought to do for Him.
Humility tends to prevent an aspiring and
ambitious behavior among men.
The man that is under the influence of a humble spirit is content
with such a situation among men, as God is pleased to allot to
him, and is not greedy of honor, and does not affect to appear
uppermost and exalted above his neighbors.
Humility tends also to prevent an arrogant and assuming behavior.
On the contrary, humility, disposes a person to a condescending
behavior to the meekest and lowest, and to treat inferiors with
courtesy and affability, as being sensible of his own weakness
and despicableness before God.
If we then consider ourselves as the followers of the meek
and lowly and crucified Jesus, we shall walk humbly before
God and man all the days of our life on earth.
Let all be exhorted earnestly to seek much of a humble spirit, and
to endeavor to be humble in all their behavior toward God and men.
Seek for a deep and abiding sense of your
comparative lowness before God and man.
Confess your nothingness and ill-desert before Him.
Rely Only On Christ.
Renounce all glory except for Him.
Yield yourself heartily to His will and service.
Avoid an aspiring, ambitious, ostentatious, assuming, arrogant,
scornful, stubborn, willful, leveling, self-justifying behavior;
and strive for more and more of the humble spirit that Christ
manifested while He was on earth.
Humility is a most essential and distinguishing trait
in all true piety.
Earnestly seek then; and diligently and prayerfully
cherish a humble spirit, and God shall walk with
you here below; and when a few more days shall have
passed, He will receive you to the honors
bestowed on His people at Christ’s right hand.
This must be Jonathan Edwards greatest “jewel,” from the sermon he wrote, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” He preached this sermon to his own congregation in Northampton, Massachusetts, and again on July 8, 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut.[/size]
You really should read more of Jonathan Edwards than just one sermon Paidion.
C.S. Lewis said of hell,
“There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this, if it lay in my power. But it has the full support of Scripture and, specially, of our Lord’s own words; it has always been held by Christendom; and it has the support of reason”
All of God’s judgments are remedial. The question is not the existence of hell, but some people’s understanding of it. Some understand it as God’s eternal vengeance on sinners, rather than His loving means of correcting them.
Even Clive Staples Lewis (whom you quote) in his book “The Great Divorce” indicates that people in hell can take a bus ride to heaven if they wish. And in his Narnian Chronicles, even the rebellious dwarves find themselves in Aslan’s country, though because of their attitudes they think they are still in the stable. When offered delicious food, they think they are being offered rotten turnips. When offered sweet wine, they refuse with disgust, thinking they are being offered urine from the trough behind the cows.
Indeed, Lewis’s description reminds me of the position of the Orthodox Church, that post-mortem, everyone ends up in the same “place” where those who have walked with God experience God’s love as supreme joy, while those who have rejected God experience that same love as intense pain.
The gates of the heavenly city remain open for people outside the city. This is for the souls in the state of purgatory not those who have their hearts eternally separated from God’s mercy. People that go to hell have their hearts separated from God’s mercy and grace. As a result their heart hardens. The longer in hell the more corrupt they become. They don’t want to love God and His children. They are God haters. What God is mainly doing by keeping evil agents out of heaven is protecting His children from the contamination and harm and spread of evil. God therefore has a morally sufficient and justifiable reason for hell. Since God has a morally sufficient and justifiable reason for hell then it is not unjust for hell to exist.
God is a being infinitely lovely, because he hath infinite excellency and beauty. To have infinite excellency and beauty is the same thing as to have infinite loveliness. He is a being of infinite greatness, majesty and glory; and therefore he is infinitely honorable.