The Devil is in the Details

A Common Idiom

A common idiom used in American culture (and a few others) is: “The Devil is in the details.” Interestingly, this idiom has changed greatly from its original meaning, being a derivative of the idiom “God is in the details” which was a positive description of the great intricacy of creation. Its meaning today, however, has become a negative, implying that if one ignores the details, difficulty or problems are likely to occur.

Living Up to Your Potential

A Common Challenge

It is a common challenge of young people especially to “live up to their potential.” This idea emphasizes the need to make the best of life – the encouragement to succeed with one’s pursuits and one’s ambitions. Although this is most commonly associated with careers, (such as being successful in business or being a professional such as a doctor or lawyer), this can also be manifest in various arts or sports. In essence, we want people to do the very best they can with their own particular talents and abilities – no one wants to see a young person “waste” the life they have been given.

A Focus of Priorities

Understanding “The End”

It is hard for human beings to comprehend the End as it is promised to come according to the Bible. The removal of all that is known to man – the physical “heavens and earth” – and the replacing with the eternal and spiritual is beyond our known experience. Perhaps, the only means at our disposal to have any glimpse of understanding such an experience may be found in how one prepares for an earthly catastrophe.

The Measure of Greatness

All the “Greats”

There have been many people who could be called “great” in history. This distinction is commonly afforded to such men and women due to particular achievements in their lives. The world remembers these grand achievements and places these men and women in high esteem.

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

A Very Old Question

This is a very old question – possibly as old as man himself. This question has been confronted in the Book of Job, in the psalms such as Psalm 73, and in several other Biblical passages. This has also been a great topic of discussion in philosophy and literature. It is not the purpose of this article to answer all possible questions, nor to create a synopsis of what has already been written.

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