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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

12 September 2012: John Studd, Life Church Petersfield

Absolutely!

Have you noticed that over the last few years the word “absolutely” seems to have replaced the word “yes” in conversation? Thus instead of replying, “Yes” to the question “Will we win the next match?” the answer is “Absolutely!” – with the exclamation marked added to denote the tone.

Musing on this I looked up some definitions of “absolutely” and found the following: “With no qualification, restriction, or limitation; totally”; “without exception; completely; wholly; entirely” and “totally and definitely; without question”.

Christians believe that Christianity contains many absolutes, expressed with words such as all, the (rather than a) and everyone.

Christianity embodies many absolutes and many of the definitions of absolutely listed above describe aspects of God’s character. Some of these Bible verses may challenge us - but His absolute love for us, and commitment to us, offer hope and reassurance.

This article was submitted for publication in the Petersfield Post on 12 September; it is possible that it was published earlier or may be published later.

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