We always had lutefisk for Christmas dinner, after which Dad read from the Norwegian Bible.
Cosmogony and cosmology have always aroused great interest among peoples and religions. The Bible itself speaks to us of the origin of the universe and its make-up, not in order to provide us with a scientific treatise, but in order to state the correct relationships of man with God and with the universe. Sacred Scripture wishes simply to declare that the world was created by God, and in order to teach this truth it expresses itself in the terms of the cosmology in use at the time of the writer. The Sacred Book likewise wishes to tell men that the world was not created as the seat of the gods, as was taught by other cosmogonies and cosmologies, but was rather created for the service of man and the glory of God. Any other teaching about the origin and make-up of the universe is alien to the intentions of the Bible, which does not wish to teach how heaven was made but how one goes to heaven.
October 3, 1981 to the Pontifical Academy of Science
Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne.
The Bible, Luke 11. 46.
Love is the fulfilling of the law.
Bible, Romans xiii. 10.
Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
Bible, Proverbs 22:29
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Bible, Paul, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.
Bible, Judges 14:14
If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
Bible, John 4:20
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
Bible, Job 4:8
The righteous shall bloom as a date palm tree and shall flourish as a cedar of Lebanon.
Bible, Isaiah 41:19
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Bible, I Corinthians 13:7
Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritabe or resentful.
Bible, I Corinthians 13:5
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
Bible, Hosea 8:7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Bible, Galatians 6:7
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock.
Bible, Deuteronomy 28:4