24 July, 2006

Living the Sweet Life!

The idea of 'sweetness' is an idea that the Puritans promoted heavily. They thought that the Christian life should be one that is enjoyed to the fullest. They also thought that this was the highest purpose to human existence, as well. Remember that the main purpose of life was glorify and enjoy God forever. Sweet!

"Every thing that a man leans upon but God, will be a dart that will certainly pierce his heart through and through. He who leans only upon Christ, lives the highest, choicest, safest, and sweetest life."


Penumbra said...

Gary North on the pietistic postmillenialist's sweetness:

Consider Edwards’ Treatise on the Religous Affections. There is
nothing on the specifics of the law of God for culture. Page
after page is filled with the words “sweet” and “sweetness.” A
diabetic reader is almost risking a relapse by reading this book
in one sitting. The words sometimes appear three or four times
on a page. Consider these phrases: “sweet entertainment,”
“sweet ideas, “sweet and ravishing entertainment,” “sweet and
admirable manifestations,””glorious doctrines in his eyes...

I had to laugh when I read that.

Mark said...

It's amazing that, with passages like Brooks', the Puritans are considered dour old sourpusses. If nothing else, enjoying God's sweetness is an excellent chance to practice some applied theology.

Miss Lipsy said...

definitely a contrast to the grating stereotype which is ever and again revisited with sinister sneers by the smug profs in lit classes...

gretchenjohnson said...

Hows about you bring in some of that delicious German candy to work for your chubby little pregnant friend? Yumm.