Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Starsailor

I decided to take a gamble on the new Starsailor album.

Their current work seems a lot more edgier than "Silence is Easy" (I loved the title track, very relevant).

Again I am led to wonder if there is a Christian influence in this band, not least because there is a track called Faith, Hope, Love.

That could easily come from the following well known Bible verse:

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

There are also a fair few references to being born again and... I can't put my finger on it... there's just a feel to it that seems familiar to me.

1 Corinthians 13 by the way is one of the world's most well known Bible passages; it was my gran's favourite... she had to memorise it as a child. I let her down at her funeral... when asked what I thought the reading should be, I suggested one from the end of Revelation... I should have chosen 1 Corinthians 13. When the Bible speaks of love, it always treats it with absolute importance... whether it be brotherly love, romantic love... or especially God's unconditional love. for those of you who are unfamiliar with it... and for those of you who need to reacquaint yourself with the simple truth it describes, here it is in full. Always remember, your achievements are no better than ash in your mouth... if they are not born from love:

Love

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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