Previous William Thomas Sherman Info Page postings, quotes, observations, etc.
["Max Davidson and Farina (1929)"]
And why do they get away with so much? Because of these damn spirit people pretending they are from heaven.
Environmental Impact Statement
I love how in the space of about five years they put up at least a dozen new high rises (with more on the way) in the family, home and residential Ballard (not to mention other semi-urban sections of Seattle); chased out or closed down, if not built over, many good and frequented businesses and restaurant; while putting up tattoo parlors, sex toy shops, junk stores, and cheap five and dimes. In all, it's reassuring to see all that Microsoft and "Star Wars" loot put to such brutal, oppressive and ecologically unsound uses in the name of (apparently) the magician and Satan himself.
Well, at any rate, I suppose we can at least consider it a mercy he didn't cast Tom Hanks as the 16th President.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
-- Matthew 6:33
The following is one comment I posted among a number in the course of a discussion at the William Desmond Taylor page on Face Book at http://www.facebook.com/groups/133816523318244/
"There are certain professional criminals who view the larger class of humanity as merely so many helpless rats [another person's metaphor used in the discussion] to be frightened, fooled, [bribed,] and [otherwise] manipulated to suit what they see as the greater power -- and that greater power ISN'T God and doing what is right. Assuming the premise, who is supposed to stand up against such people? The police? Civic leaders? Hardy har har..."
The magician: "Now I never actually said I was God, or that I formally represented religion per se. Yes, I dropped certain hints and suggestions. But if naive and gullible people interpreted them wrongly, that's their own error and foolishness. I am not to blame for that."
Speelburg (person)/Oafmore: "Although they no doubt and evidently entertain extremely proud opinions of themselves, I have little qualm about abusing, torturing, and indeed, if I care to, murdering such people. Because, you see, I know in point of fact how very far they fall short of true righteousness and godliness. Moreover my knowledge of such matters stems from the highest and indubitable of authorities."
Excerpts from Augustine's epistles continued.
1. We do not disdain to look upon bodies which are defective in beauty, especially seeing that our souls themselves are not yet so beautiful as we hope that they shall be when He who is of ineffable beauty shall have appeared, in whom, though now we see Him not, we believe; for then “we shall be like Him,” when “we shall see Him as He is.” [1 John 3:2] If you receive my counsel in a kindly and brotherly spirit, I exhort you to think thus of your soul, as we do of our own, and not presumptuously imagine that it is already perfect in beauty; but, as the apostle enjoins, “rejoice in hope,” and obey the precept which he annexes to this, when he says, “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation:” [Romans 12:12] “for we are saved by hope,” as he says again; “but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for? But if we hope for that [which] we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” [Romans 8:24-25] Let not this patience be wanting in you, but with a good conscience “wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
~ Letter 64
7. Do the holy and blessed angels possess not only this knowledge of their actual character, but also a foreknowledge of what they shall afterward become? If they do, I cannot see how it was possible for Satan ever to have been happy, even while he was still a good angel, knowing, as in this case he must have known, his future transgression and eternal punishment. I would wish to hear what you think as to this question, if indeed it be one which it would be profitable for us to be able to answer...
9...As concerns the subjects into which we inquire, if I know, or believe, or think that I have got hold of the truth in a matter in which your opinion is different from mine, I shall by all means endeavour, as the Lord may enable me, to maintain my view without injuring you. And as to any offense which I may give to you, so soon as I perceive your displeasure, I shall unreservedly beg your forgiveness.
~ Letter 73
5. Wherefore, my brethren who fear God, remember what the Apostle Peter says: Your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour. [1 Peter 5:8] When he cannot devour a man through seducing him into iniquity, he attempts to injure his good name, that if it be possible, he may give way under the reproaches of men and the calumnies of slandering tongues, and may thus fall into his jaws. If, however, he be unable even to sully the good name of one who is innocent, he tries to persuade him to cherish unkindly suspicions of his brother, and judge him harshly, and so become entangled, and be an easy prey. And who is able to know or to tell all his snares and wiles?...lest you should be undone through groundless and malevolent suspicions concerning any servants of God, remember that word of the apostle, “Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts, and then shall every man have praise of God;” [1 Corinthians 4:5] and this also, “The things which are revealed belong to you, but the secret things belong unto the Lord your God.”
~ Letter 78
[ch. 1] 3. On such terms we might amuse ourselves without fear of offending each other in the field of Scripture, but I might well wonder if the amusement was not at my expense. For I confess to your Charity that I have learned to yield this respect and honour only to the canonical books of Scripture: of these alone do I most firmly believe that the authors were completely free from error. And if in these writings I am perplexed by anything which appears to me opposed to truth, I do not hesitate to suppose that either the manuscript is faulty, or the translator has not caught the meaning of what was said, or I myself have failed to understand it. As to all other writings, in reading them, however great the superiority of the authors to myself in sanctity and learning, I do not accept their teaching as true on the mere ground of the opinion being held by them; but only because they have succeeded in convincing my judgment of its truth either by means of these canonical writings themselves, or by arguments addressed to my reason. I believe, my brother, that this is your own opinion as well as mine. I do not need to say that I do not suppose you to wish your books to be read like those of prophets or of apostles, concerning which it would be wrong to doubt that they are free from error. Far be such arrogance from that humble piety and just estimate of yourself which I know you to have, and without which assuredly you would not have said, “Would that I could receive your embrace, and that by converse we might aid each other in learning!”
[ch. 2] 5. But you will say it is better to believe that the Apostle Paul wrote what was not true, than to believe that the Apostle Peter did what was not right. On this principle, we must say (which far be it from us to say), that it is better to believe that the gospel history is false, than to believe that Christ was denied by Peter; [Matthew 26:75] and better to charge the book of Kings [second book of Samuel] with false statements, than believe that so great a prophet, and one so signally chosen by the Lord God as David was, committed adultery in lusting after and taking away the wife of another, and committed such detestable homicide in procuring the death of her husband. [2 Samuel 11:4, 17] Better far that I should read with certainty and persuasion of its truth the Holy Scripture, placed on the highest (even the heavenly) pinnacle of authority, and should, without questioning the trustworthiness of its statements, learn from it that men have been either commended, or corrected, or condemned, than that, through fear of believing that by men, who, though of most praiseworthy excellence, were no more than men, actions deserving rebuke might sometimes be done, I should admit suspicions affecting the trustworthiness of the whole “oracles of God.”
6. The Manichaeans maintain that the greater part of the Divine Scripture, by which their wicked error is in the most explicit terms confuted, is not worthy of credit, because they cannot pervert its language so as to support their opinions; yet they lay the blame of the alleged mistake not upon the apostles who originally wrote the words, but upon some unknown corrupters of the manuscripts. Forasmuch, however, as they have never succeeded in proving this by more numerous and by earlier manuscripts, or by appealing to the original language from which the Latin translations have been drawn, they retire from the arena of debate, vanquished and confounded by truth which is well known to all. Does not your holy prudence discern how great scope is given to their malice against the truth, if we say not (as they do) that the apostolic writings have been tampered with by others, but that the apostles themselves wrote what they knew to be untrue?
~ Letter 82