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 self-seeking, 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.
All i am in private life is a literary critic and historian, that's my job...and i'm prepared to say on that basis if anyone thinks the gospels are either legends or novels, then that person is simply showing his incompetence as a literary critic. i've read a great many novels and i know a fair amount about the legends that grew up among early people, and i know perfectly well the gospels are not that kind of stuff.
Protestant parents still keep a bible handy in the house, so that the children can study it, and one of the first things the little boys and girls learn is to be righteous and holy and not piss against the wall. They study those passages more than they study any others, except those which incite to masturbation. Those they hunt out and study in private.
The value of the old testament may be dependant on what seems its imperfection. it may repel one use in order that we may be forced to use it in another way-to find the word in it...to re-live, while we read, the whole jewish experience of god's gradual and graded self-revelation, to feel the very contentions between the word and the human material through which it works.
Oh, eternal and everlasting god, direct my thoughts, words and work. wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb and purge my heart by thy holy spirit. daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of thy son, jesus christ, that living in thy fear, and dying in thy favor, i may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. bless, o lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of thee and thy son, jesus christ.