Then the Lord said, "The outcry against Sodom &Gomorrah is so great &their sin so grievous that I will go down &see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know."
"Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? What if there are 50 righteous people in the city? will you really sweep it away ¬ spare the place for the sake of 50 righteous people in it? far be it from you to do such a thing -to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous &the wicked alike. far be it from you! will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"
The Lord said, "if i find 50 righteous people in the city, i will spare the whole place for their sake."
Then Abraham spoke up again: "now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust &ashes, what if # of righteous is 5 less? will you destroy the whole city for lack of 5 people?"
"If i find 45 there, he said, "I will not destroy it."
Once again he spoke to him, "what if only 40 are found there?"
He said, "for the sake of 40, i will not do it."
Then he said, "may the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. what if only 30 can be found there?"
He answered, "I will not do it if I find 30 there."
Abraham said, "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only 20 can be found there?"
He answered, "for the sake of 10, I will not destroy it."
my home's in heaven; just travelin' through the world -Billy Graham
as rain &snow come down from heaven, &don't return to it w/o watering Earth &making it bud &flourish, so that it yields seed for sower &bread for eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but accomplish what i desire &achieve the purpose for which i sent it.
out of love for the truth &the desire to bring it to light -95 theses, 1517.
if there are words for Him then, I don't have them. you see my brain has not yet reached a point where it could form a thought that could adequately describe the greatness of my God. &my voice is so inhibited, restrained by human limits, that it's hard to even sing a praise up. my God: unsearchable yet knowable. indefinable, yet approachable. indescribable, yet personal.
when the world shook &the sun was wiped out of heaven, it was not at the crucifixion, but at the cry from cross: the cry which confessed that God was forsaken of God (Matt: 27:46) &now let the revolutionists choose a creed from all creeds &a god from all gods of the world, carefully weighing all gods of inevitable recurrence &of unalterable power. they will not find another god who has himself been in revolt. nay (the matter grows too difficult for human speech), but let the atheists themselves choose a god. they will find only 1 divinity who ever uttered their isolation; only 1 religion in which God seemed for an instant to be an atheist. -GKC. †