Collect of the Day
O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Today is a day to recall the apostle John the Evangelist. The 1662 Book of Common Prayer commemorates him today. According to church tradition, John was accused of atheism for refusing to worship the Roman gods. The charges were sent to the government of Domitian and John, according to tradition, was boiled in a caldron of oil, which he survived. He was then sent to the Isle of Patmos in exile where, according to tradition, he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the book of Revelation or The Apocalypse.
It should be further noted that church tradition is not divine revelation nor is it infallible or inerrant. Some consider these traditions as "fables." Although there is a legendary character to the story, there is no way to know how much truth there is to the account. As an advocate of Gordon H. Clark's Scripturalism or biblical presuppositionalism, however, I can say that there is no way to prove or disprove the story by means of empiricism. History can be a reliable source only insofar as general confirmation goes but even historiography is not a source of divinely inspired propositional knowledge. Thus, though the story is interesting, it is not to be taken as being on the same level of Scripture. In fact, the story may be completely false.
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