Tuesday, April 08, 2008

From Him and Through Him and To Him

James Montgomery Boice (Romans, vol. 3, p. 1466):

I have always thought that the very best statement of secular humanism is to be found in the Bible, in the Book of Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar was king in Babylon at this time. One day, when he was walking on the roof of his royal palace he looked out over the great capital city of his empire and took unto himself all the glory for its existence. He said—this is the classic statement I referred to—"Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?" (Dan. 4:30). Nebuchadnezzar was saying that the great city of Babylon and its empire, which he admired (and desired) more than anything else in the world, was from him (he "built" it), through him ("by my mighty power") and for him ("for the glory of my majesty").
HT: Andy Naselli