Sunday, August 28, 2011

Persuasions

   
   "There was only one Road in that region, but like all roads, it ran in two directions. In one direction, it ran eastwards up a gradual incline, and ended at the City. In the other, the end of the road was the Abyss.
      In some places, the two destinations were obvious;
 in others, where the Road wound down through some canyons in the badlands, the truth was less obvious. Still, it was impossible for one to travel any length of time on this Road without coming to some realization of his basic direction.
      Nevertheless, those who were headed to the Abyss were also headed down hill, and preferred that to the strenuous alternative. There were many who therefore chose to ignore the unpleasant truth. The Master of the City had posted road signs warning of the danger, but road signs could be ignored as well.
      The Master therefore instructed his servants, who were on their way to his City, to do their best to persuade these travelers to reverse direction. Some of them, discovering that the Master had given some ability in this, became quite effective in the endeavor.
      This is the story of one such individual. As he traveled to the City, he encountered many who wanted to go the other way, for many reasons. From long experience, he found himself answering them according to their particular objections. I have gathered here some of the conversations, in hope that others who are traveling to the City may make some use of them"

This is the excerpt titled, The Road, from a very good book called, Persuasions: A Dream of Reason Meeting Unbelief. It is written by Douglas J. Wilson and I've been reading it for a while. It is not a very long book and is easy reading. We used it as part of our family worship for a time. He is the author of several other books, an excellent writer.

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