Biblical References

You may be wondering about the biblical basis for things either quoted or alluded to in The Race. If so, this glossary is for you. And if you’d like to learn more about any of the topics found here, check out the Bible studies available through Amazing Facts or It Is Written.

One word of warning: Like any other parable, this story has limits in its applicability to the real world. Be sure to compare any insights or ideas this story stirs up to the truth as presented in Scripture (especially if it’s Stan or his crew quoting scripture—they have an annoying tendency to mix truth with error.

I’m sure I haven’t remembered & listed all the biblical references, but you can help me make this reference more complete —  if you see one I’ve missed, let me know and I’ll add it!

 

 

 

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 Chapter 1: Voices

Dad says: “Part of love is respecting another’s decisions.”

  • See: Isaiah 55:7; Zechariah 1:3–4; 1 Corinthians 7:12–15

Dad says: “Anyway, it’s never wise to postpone running the race.”

  • See: 2 Corinthians 6:2

 

Chapter 2: Time is Short

Stan says: “So much for Damour’s guarantee that we’ll face him in the Final Battle.”

  • See: Revelation 20:7–9

Camille thinks: “Statistically, 91.7% of the runners Joshua coached finished the race, and all who finished became problems for Moden Industries.”

  • See: John 6:70

 

Chapter 3: Yoking Up

Josh says: “Oh, there’s no charge. My dad will take care of whatever you need, coaching included.”

  • Regarding physical needs, see: Matthew 6:31–33; 1 Chronicles 29:14
  • Regarding spiritual needs, see: Ephesians 2:8; Romans 5:18–20

Josh says: “Because he wants you to succeed.”

  • See: Jeremiah 29:11

Josh tells Chris: “We’re hoping you’ll be one of those people.”

  • See: Acts 22:14; Ephesians 1:4

Josh says: “I never lie.”

  • See:  Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2

Josh says: “Read it [The Runner’s Manual] every day.”

  • See: Deuteronomy 8:3; Exodus 16:4; Matthew 6:11; John 6:48

Josh continues: “its passages will take on new meanings as the race brings new challenges.”

  • See: Matthew 13:52
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The running clothes: Ephesians. 6:13–18:

  • Running shorts/tights with vinashu (“truth”) muscle support system: “having your loins girt about with truth” (KJV)
  • Shirt with jishana (“righteousness”) protective barrier: “having put on the breastplate of righteousness”
  • Shoes with pash (“peace”)based GPS system: “having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace”
  • Sunscreen with fuj (“faith”)protection: “above all, taking the shield of faith”
  • Baseball cap with sodashi (“salvation”) stabilizing gel: “And take the helmet of salvation.”
  • The Runner’s Manual: “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”
  • Transmitter: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit”

 Tsuma chain

  • See: Exodus 15:2; 2 Chronicles 7:3; Psalms 68:35; 100:4; 106:1; 117:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Poisoned darts

  • See: Ephesians 6:16

“A creepy sensation came over [Chris]—a feeling that this stranger knew his every thought.”

  • See: Matthew 12:25; Luke 6:8, 9:47, 11:17

Josh says: “there’s literally no place on Earth where my dad can’t hear you.”

  • See: Romans 8:38–39; Psalm 139:8–12

Josh says: “And he’d like to hear from you daily—at least.”

  • See: 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Psalm 72:15

 

Chapter 5: Enemies

Josh says: “Stan got jealous.”

  • See: Isaiah 14:13–14

Josh says: “A terrible war.”

  • See: Revelation 12:7

Josh says: “In the end, we had to kick Stan and his supporters off the Island.”

  • See: Revelation 12:8–9

The doctor says of Josh: “If you just follow his instructions, you can’t fail.”

  • See: Deuteronomy 30:9–10, 14–16, 19–20

 

 

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Chapter 8: Heedless

Josh says: “I can help you deal with Benny. Just give me a chance to help.”

  • See: Jeremiah 33:3; Zechariah 13:9

Josh says: “But I can’t help you if you won’t let me. It’s your choice.”

  • See: Deuteronomy 30:19; Isaiah 55:6; Matthew 7:7

Chris discovers: “Shackles bound each ankle, with a length of chain joining them.”

  • See: Galatians 5:1; 2 Peter 2:19

Chris discovers: “He still had it [his transmitter]—just like Josh promised.”

  • See: 2 Corinthians 1:20

 

Chapter 9: Reward

“[Stan and Camille] didn’t touch alcohol—they would never sacrifice even the smallest measure of their own better judgment.”

  • See Proverbs 20:1; 23:31–33; James 2:19

 

Chapter  10: Not Abandoned

“Josh said, ‘You’re forgiven.’ Whenever [Chris] tried to bring it up again, Josh said, ‘We already discussed this. You’re forgiven, remember?’

  • See: Micah 7:18–19

“The image in that mirror shocked and embarrassed him. Oozing sores and scabs covered his face and arms … It occurred to him then that he must stink. He’d gotten so used to living in those squalid conditions, he didn’t even notice the foul smell.”

  • See: Psalm 38:5; Jeremiah 5:25

“Grimy, tattered rags, also gray-brown in color, hung from a slumped, skinny frame.”

  • See: Isaiah 64:6

“Josh, even as the doctor finished listing his vile contagions, put an arm around Chris’s shoulder—touched him!”

  • See: 1 Samuel 16:7; Mark 1:40–41

Dad says: “[The race is] what separates the nominal runners from the committed ones and prepares us to live on Paradise Island.”

  • See: Colossians 3:9-10; Isaiah 40:4; Luke 16:15; Acts 14:22; 2 Thessalonians 1:3–5

Dad says: “No matter what kind of mess I dug myself into—even after I made a point of ignoring him for years—he always, always answered my calls … You can count on Doug, son. Remember that.”

  • See: 1 Thessalonians 5:24; Psalm 36:5; Lamentations 3:23; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 John 1:9

 

Chapter  11: Night Terrors

Josh says: “I can’t leave you alone, though, even though that’s what you think you want, because this thing is hurting you.”

  • See: Isaiah 44:21–22; Jeremiah 3:12–14; 4:17–22; Revelation 3:19

Chris thinks: “And why was Josh belaying from the top? Why couldn’t he do things like everyone else?”

  • See: Isaiah 55:8

Josh says: “Beware of dismissing something just because you don’t understand it.”

  • See: Isaiah 55:9; 1 Corinthians 1:25
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Josh says: “I anchor all your lines, kid.”

  • See: Hebrews 6:19–20

“Josh treated each wound with a soothing salve.”

  • See: Jeremiah 8:21–22; 51:8

Josh says: “you trust the one who gave it to you.”

  • See: 2 Timothy 1:12; Galatians 2:16

Josh says: “I can help you make peace with it all. Like you helped Eric, I can help you—if you’ll let me.”

  • See: Revelation 3:17–18; Matthew 7:11; 11:28–29         

 

Chapter  12: Cry for Mercy

Chris says: “The Manual warns against taking detours.”

  • See: Joshua 23:6; 1 John 4:1; Matthew 7:13–15; 24:23–24

Chris remembers: “Didn’t Josh say Doug could hear him from anywhere on the planet?”

  • See: Romans 8:38–39; Psalm 139:8–12

Morgan says: “I know, for instance, that you violated Damour’s instruction to avoid evil when you decided to come here.”

  • See Psalm 101:3–4; Joshua 23:6

Morgan says: “you chose to put yourself on my turf and under my rules. Joshua can’t help you here. He won’t override your choice.”

  • See: Ezekiel 3:27; Romans 1:24, 26

Josh says: “You’ve no right to hold an outlander against his will, Stan.”

  • See: Ezekiel 18:30–32

Josh says: “He called for our help, fair and square.”

  • See: Jeremiah 33:3; Isaiah 55:6

        

Chapter 14: Companionship

Josh says: “Chris, you’re not responsible for Kenny’s decisions. He’s not your charge.”

  • See: Proverbs 5:22

Josh says of Stan: “Don’t believe everything he says. He’ll speak truth if it suits him, but he doesn’t know all truth, and has rejected much of what he once knew.”

  • See: John 8:44


Chapter 15: Caring For Family

Josh says: “You’ll always have what you need when you need it. Not necessarily before you need it, mind you. But when you need it, it’ll be there.”

  • See: Luke 12:11–12; Mark 13:11; Zechariah 10:1; Matthew 21:21–22; 6:11; 7:11; John 14:13–14


Chapter 17: Not By Might

Josh says: “Then when something piques their interest—you’ll see what I mean soon—they stop to listen and get sucked into some fable.”

  • See: 2 Timothy 4:3–4

Chris passes “a microphone-wielding orator who claimed Doug Damour was a hoax, a myth created to explain the mysterious and shore up the cowardly.”

  • See: Romans 1:18–22, 25; Psalm 14:1

Josh says of Tony and Stan’s crew in general: “He’s afraid of me. They all are.”

  • See: Isaiah 33:14; Matthew 8:29; James 2:19

 

Chapter 18: Burdened

“They flew home in Josh’s jet, but all Chris remembered of the trip was the song Debora kept singing, #55 in The Manual’s songbook.”

  • All such references are to the corresponding chapters in Psalms (Psalm 55 in this case)

Chris thinks about Uncle Bob: “No matter what he had, he always wanted more. No matter where he went, he always wanted to be somewhere else.”

  • See: Proverbs 13:7; 27:20

Chris realizes: “If he had mentioned it to Debora or Doug earlier, maybe he wouldn’t have carried that huge boulder of worry around all day.”

  • See: John 16:24; James 4:2

         

Chapter 20: Bitterness

Chris says: “I’ve never felt particularly righteous.”

  • See: Isaiah 64:6

Josh responds: “You’re not. That’s why you need my righteousness for protection, which is what’s in the shirt.”

  • See: Isaiah 51:6; Ephesians 6:14

Josh refers to the parable of the unforgiving servant found in Matthew 18:22–35.

Josh says that grace “provides the elements needed for forgiveness and strengthens the heart to do what it otherwise could not.”

  • See: Hebrews 13:9

Josh says that grace “is a chemical catalyst. In other words, it’s useless until you’re willing to work with it.”

  • See: 1 Peter 5:5; 2 Peter 1:2

Chris thinks: “Susana had only interacted with his brother for a week, yet she’d put more effort into understanding him in that week than Chris had in a lifetime.”

  • See: John 7:24; Romans 14:13; James 4:12


Chapter 21: Frustrated

Camille says: “as long as Strider has the necklace, he feels able to make his own rules.”

  • See: Proverbs 3:7; Deuteronomy 29:19


Chapter  22: Quarrels

Susana says: “He wants a better life for us than what society accepts as normal.”

  • See: Deuteronomy 7:6, 14–15

She continues: “The Manual is clear—sex is a blessing within marriage, but a curse outside it.”

  • See: Hebrews 13:4; Genesis 2:18, 24, 1:31; Ephesians 5:3, 5–6

Chris’s conscience tells him “that he, if he were really a runner, should be living by runner’s principles.”

  • See James 2:14–26; Matthew 7:17; Luke 13:6–9

When confronted with Charmaine’s temptation, “About a dozen bells, buzzers, and red flags were ringing, buzzing, and waving in his [Chris’s] head”

  • See: Exodus 20:14; Proverbs 5:3–4; 6:32

Chris remembers: “He tells you to obey his laws for your own good.”

  •             Paraphrased from Deuteronomy 10:12–13, NLT

 

Chapter 23: “Ancient Paths”

Josh says:  “Violating them [Doug’s Laws] always has consequences … Stan’s promulgated the idea that my dad wrote down the Laws to be arbitrary and tyrannical. The truth is, he did it as a gift, so people could know how to enjoy a happy and productive life, free from the results that come from breaking them.”

  • Hidden GemsAlthough even Christians have largely fallen for Satan’s lies on this one, you’ll see this principle all over the Bible once you become attuned to it (e.g., John 15:10–11; Isaiah 48:18; Psalm 119; Deuteronomy 28–29). It is perhaps stated most clearly in Deuteronomy 4:40: “Keep his decrees and commands, which I am giving you today, so thatit may go well with you and your children after you and that you may live long …” (NIV, emphasis mine). This promise is repeated some twenty times in the book of Deuteronomy alone (e.g., 5:33; 6:3, 18, 24; 8:1; 10:12–13; 11:8–9, 26–28; 12:28; 15:4–5; 16:20; 17:20; 28:1–14, 45–47; 30:9–10; 30:20).
  • For a wonderful study of how this principle applies to real life, as well as a great study guide for the book of Deuteronomy, check out Hidden Gems, by Dennis C. Williams, Jr. (overlookedpromises.com).

Josh says: “Dad’s Ten Laws are just that—laws. Laws of behavior, in this case, but laws nonetheless. Violating them always has consequences, whether immediate or delayed, obvious or subtle, recognized or not.”

  • Reread Leviticus and Deuteronomy from this perspective and see if some of the stranger things don’t make more sense (e.g., Lev. 5:17, Deuteronomy 8:20)

Chris reads:

  • “Your laws are to be fully obeyed.” (paraphrased from Psalm 119:4, NIV)
  • “Your commands set my heart free.” (paraphrased from Psalm 119:32, 45 NIV)
  • “Your laws never change. They are true today and will stand forever.” (paraphrased from Psalm 119:91, 152, 160, NLT)
  • “Those who follow your law run in peace without stumbling.” (paraphrased from Psalm 119:165, NLT)

Susana asks: “Was it unreasonable of me to expect that you’d lived like the runner you claimto be, respecting the values runners live by?”

  • See: 1 John 2:3–6

Chris says: “I’ve been one of those people who try to live by the world’s standards, like The Manual says.”

  • See:  2 Corinthians 10:2, NIV

 

Chapter 24: Throw It Away

Josh says: “Until you recognize and admit the kanuf inside you, you can’t give it up. And until you give that up, you can’t accept righteousness.”

  • See: Proverbs 9:6; 1 John 1:9; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:3, 9–10

Josh reads: “He gave us wonderful promises, so we could escape kanuf through them”

  • Paraphrased from 2 Peter 1:4, NIV

Josh says: “Where you are now is exactly where you need to be. It’s the first step toward becoming capable of using the resources Dad wants to give you. 

  • See: 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 149:4; Isaiah 66:2; James 4:8–10

Josh quotes: “There’s nothing good in me. Even when I want to do good, I can’t carry it out.”

  • Paraphrased from Romans 7:18, NIV

Josh quotes: “The good news is, as the same runner put it, what you’re suffering now doesn’t even compare to the wonderful things that will happen in you.”

  • Paraphrased from Romans 8:18, NIV

Josh continues: “In fact, he even said suffering brings hope.”

  • Paraphrased from Romans. 5:3–4, NIV

Josh “arrived at the letter Paul wrote to his Roman friends and tapped his finger on the passage … especially sections six through eight.”

  • The Runner’s Manual is formatted differently than our Bible, being divided into chapters/sections rather than books/chapters. So, this reference translates into Romans, chapters 6 through 8.

Josh continues: “… this is all necessary. It helps you assimilate those qualities, like lashani, that will make you someone safe to admit to Paradise Island, someone we can allow access to the Damour fortune.

  • See: Romans 6:22; Ephesians 2:7

Susana says: “Whatever we don’t surrender weighs us down.”

  • See Hebrews 12:1

The trophy boxes:

  • These are loosely based on the sanctuary lampstand and the robe of the high priest. (See: Exodus 37:17–21; 39:22–25; Hebrews 4:14–16.)

A note here: I’m not a theologian. My only intent in choosing these symbols was to emphasize that the trophies, representative of a runner’s victory, are both earned and retained within the context of Christ’s righteousness (the high priest’s robe) and God’s grace as administered through the Holy Spirit (the lampstand). If there are other meanings in the symbolism I’ve chosen, I’m unaware of it, and broadening its meaning beyond this should only be done if it agrees with Scripture. If I’ve used these symbols presumptuously, I humbly beg pardon of the reader and God.

Also, please note that the trophies, like the heavenly crowns, are never chosen or acquired by the runner. Each one is selected, fashioned, and bestowed by Josh or Debora. Each gem has special meaning to the recipient and about the recipient.  But, as happened with Chris’s grandmother, if someone attempts to wear gems that are not bestowed upon them by the Damours, it results in ruining both the trophy and its meaning.

Josh says: “Nushaz—humility, in English—is the quality of recognizing that you gain your victories only through another’s help.”

  • See: Isaiah 26:12

Josh says: “Pride, rather than spurring you on to victory, deceives you into thinking you’ve already overcome.”

  • See: Obadiah 1:3; Revelation 3:17; Hosea 12:8

Josh continues: “It’s simply impossible to finish your own race while wearing another’s trophy.”

  • See: Ezekiel 18:20; 1 Timothy 3:6; 1 John 2:16–17

Josh says: “Although you can’t assume another’s prize, you can garner inspiration and encouragement from his experiences to help you win your own trophy.”

  • See: Isaiah 55:2–3; Exodus 12:25–27; 13: 8–10

Chris says: “So that’s why you always talk about dead people in the present tense.”

  • See: Luke 20:37–38

Josh says of the dead: “And they’re not dead, just resting.”

  • See: John 11:11–12; Matthew 9:24; Mark 5:39

Josh says: “our voices will literally raise those you think of as dead.”

  • See: 1 Thessalonians 4:16; John 5:25

 

Chapter 25: Deceptive Philosophy

Chris remembers a passage from The Manual: “No one else can save you.”

  • Paraphrased from Acts 4:12, NLT

Josh asks: “Don’t you know me yet, Chris?”

  • See: John 14:9


Chapter 26: Rising Anger

Camille warns Tony: “You should also be prepared for the possibility of Damour interfering with your plan.”

  • See: Psalm 91:11


Chapter 27: Foothold

Josh says that his surname “expresses our yearning for those we miss and our mission of rescuing them.”

  • See: John 3:16; Romans 5:8

Josh says: “I could explain it to you, but you wouldn’t understand. Some things are simply beyond outlander comprehension.”

  • See: I Corinthians 13:12; Deuteronomy 29:29

Josh says: “someday you will be able to understand matters more fully.”

  • See: 1 Corinthians 13:12

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Josh says of extraterrestrials: “they’re watching, with great interest, what’s happening here in this world. The Manual says we’re a show for the whole universe.”

  • See: 1 Corinthians 4:9; Job 1:6

Josh says: “at its root, kanuf stems from not trusting my dad. That’s why its effects must be seen—so it’s clear that he’s trustworthy.”

  • See: Psalm 51:4; Ephesians 3:10

Josh says: “He doesn’t call you ‘son’ just as an idiosyncrasy of his speech. He thinks of you, feels for you, loves you, as though you were his actual son.”

  • See: Psalm 103:13; Hosea 11:1, 3–4, 8; Luke 13:34; 1 John 3:1; Deuteronomy 8:5; Malachi 3:17

Josh says: “whatever happens, you’ll never have to go through the hard times alone.”

  • See: Joshua 1:5; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8

Josh continues: “when bad things do happen, Dad can use them for good.”

  • Paraphrase of Romans 8:28, NLT

Chris thinks: “What incredible love drove this man!”

  • See: Ephesians 3:17–19; John 3:16; Romans 8:38–39; 1 John 3:1

Chris thinks: “As Crown Prince of Paradise Island and heir of the world’s richest man, he could be enjoying a carefree life in his homeland. Instead, he chose a life of uncertainty, hardship, and slights.”

  • See: Isaiah 53

Josh says: “There are more answers to the questions you raised.” (that is, why do bad things happen?)

  • Did I hear you ask what those other answers are? Here’s a list I’ve started. Maybe you can add to it. Trials and our response to them can …

1. Witness to the universe: Job 1:6–12; 2:1–6

2. Witness to non-Christians: 1 Peter 3:2; Acts 16:25–30

3. Provide an opportunity for God to manifest His power: John 9:2–4

4. Show us what’s in our hearts: James 1:12–17; Ezekiel 18:30–32

5. Help us develop the characters we need for heaven and happiness: 1 Peter 1:6–9; James 1:2–4; Romans 5:3–5; 2 Thessalonians 1:3–5; Job 23:10

Chris says: “Doug doesn’t cause the bad things.”

  • See: James 1:13, 17; Psalm 25:8

Josh says: “We will always provide a way to help you.”

  • See: Joshua 1:5; Deuteronomy 33:27; 1 Corinthians 10:13

 

Chapter 28: Counsel

Josh counsels: “Make your relationship with my dad a priority, too. That’s your source of lashani.”

  • See: John 15:4; Galatians 5:22; 1 John 4:7

Josh says: “Dad will never assign you more than what you can handle.”

  • See: 1 Corinthians 10:13

Josh says: “having someone to share life with, to enjoy the good times with, to count on in hard times—that’s worth every bit of the work you put into it.”

  • See: Genesis 2:18; Ecclesiastes 4:9–12

Josh says: “those complementary traits are also what allow them to help and support each other.”

  • See: Genesis 2:18

Josh says: “You should plan on having the resources you need when you need them.”

  • See: Luke 12:11–12; Mark 13:11; Zechariah 10:1; Matthew 21:21–22; 6:11; 7:11; John 14:13–14

When Chris says: “I’m just trying to plan ahead,” Josh says, “No, you’re not. You’re worrying.”

  • See: Matthew 6:25–27, 34; 10:29–31; 1 Peter 5:7

 

Chapter 29: Foiled

Camille says: “The Manual says: ‘If you won’t accept my advice, you’ll have to suffer the consequences of your actions.’”

  • Paraphrased from Proverbs 1:30–31, NAS; See also Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15

 

Chapter 30: Accused

Doug says of Susana’s attacker: “You know neither the abuse Jason endured as a young ’un, nor the ways Stan’s worked on him since.”

  • See: Matthew 7:1–2

Doug continues: “if he ever chooses to change, he’ll be as completely forgiven and as welcome in my home as you.”

  • See: Romans 3:22–24; John 3:16–17

Doug suggests: “Why don’t we sing together, son?”

  • See: Ephesians 5:19–20; Acts 16:25

 

Chapter 31: Judged

Josh says: “Maybe you didn’t rape Charmaine or murder her husband, but that doesn’t make you innocent. It was still your actions—starting the moment you decided to violate one of Dad’s Laws—that put you in the position where you could be believably accused of both crimes.”

  • See: Matthew 5:28

Josh says: “It’s only when you admit your kanuf that you can be cleansed from it.”

  • See: 1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13

Josh says: “They have every right to drag you through the consequences of your own choices.”

  • See: Proverbs 1:30–32

Josh says: “We’ll do everything we can, within the rules of warfare, to mitigate those consequences for you, and we’ll certainly never abandon you to face the consequences alone.”

  • See: Hebrews 13:5–6; 2 Timothy 4:17; 2 Samuel 22:2–3; Isaiah 54:10

Josh says: “Stan is also an attorney, one who finds particular delight in dragging runners through their society’s legal systems.”

  • See: Revelation 12:10

Josh continues: “But I’m a pretty good attorney myself, and I’ll do everything I can. I promise you that.”

  • See: Hebrews 7:25–28


Chapter 32: Promises

Josh says: “no one is a slave to either heritage or destiny.”

  • See: Jeremiah 31:30; Deuteronomy 24:16; Ezekiel 18:4, 20

When Chris is having trouble resisting Stan, Josh projects into his mind: “Your mind. Use your mind.”

  • See: Romans. 12:2; 1 Peter 1:13 

Josh promises: “What I can promise is, whatever happens, I’ll be with you the whole way.”

  • See: Deuteronomy 31:6; 33:27; Joshua 1:5

 

Chapter 33: Intercessor

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Josh says: “He wants you to believe that your situation is hopeless.”

  • See: Revelation 12:10–16; 2 Kings 18:29–35

Doug says: “I’ll always be here.”

  • See: Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5; Psalm 27:14; 28:6–8

Chris repeats what Josh says earlier: “Real faith is never in a what, but in a whom.”

  • See: 2 Timothy 1:12; 1 Peter 4:19; Deuteronomy 32:4


Chapter 34: Lavish Love

Doug says: “I’ll give her the grace to endure whatever her future brings, the same as I’ll be givin’ you.”

  • See: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Doug says: “That’s my specialty, son, creating beauty from ashes and joy from mourning.”

  • Paraphrased from Isaiah 61:3, KJV

Doug says: “Freedom’s a precious gift, although it often comes with a doozy of a price tag. Don’t squander it, son.”

  • See: John 3:16; Hebrews 9:12; 13:12; Revelation 1:5

Chris realizes: “Everything the Damours did—the risks they took, the sorrow and disappointment they bore day after day, century after century—they did it all to heal the relationships fractured by Stan’s principles.”

  • See: John 17:3; Ephesians 3:19

Doug says: “For I will make you into a blessing and a symbol of blessing. So don’t be discouraged. Just get on with running.”

  • Paraphrased from Zechariah 8:13, NLT

         

Chapter 35: Murder

Camille asks Garrick: “What is this month’s Viv fruit?”

  • See: Revelation 22:2


Chapter 36: Impossible

Josh continues: “And, yes. You were definitely worth it.”

  • See: Luke 15:5–7

Josh says: “That’s something no runner should ever do, by the way. Dad never means for you to fight Stan by yourself.”

  • See: Ephesians 6:10; 2 Peter 2:9; Matthew 4:4

Josh says of Stan: “He’s quite vain.”

  • See: Ezekiel 28:17
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From Josh’s speech at the Finish Line:

  • “you are now officially my brother and sister, heirs of our father, Doug Damour.” See: Galatians 4:5–7; Romans 8:16–17
  • “and all his resources are at your disposal.” See: Romans 8:32
  • “But don’t stop running.” See: Revelation 3:10–11; Hebrews 3:14
  • “you must remain strong to withstand his attacks.”  See: Ephesians 6:10–11

Debora says: “In times past, runners erected memorial stones or wore tassels with blue cords.”

  • See: Genesis 28:18; Joshua 4:5–6; Numbers 15:38–41

Gabriel as Stan’s twin brother:

Let me be clear: this idea has zero biblical foundation and should not be used to either support or spawn any more strange ideas about angels; there are probably enough of those already. (In my opinion, we should respect God’s decision not to tell us more about angelic society, relationships, hierarchies, etc. He’s told us what we need to know to be saved; the rest apparently isn’t our business, so I’m thinking we should quit sticking our noses into it. Getting off soap box now.)

Nevertheless, in order to write a story that included an (fallen) angelic representative’s point of view, I had to understand something of her society—so I invented one. Let me say that again: I made it up! I never intended that the relationships between the various Paradisians in this book should “mean” anything from a larger perspective. It was simply a useful tool within this fictional story world.

Having said that, all ideas spring from something, and this one did come from a (very) loose reading of Scripture. From Ezekiel 28:16, we know that Lucifer was one of the covering cherubs; from Luke 1:19, we know that Gabriel stands in God’s presence.  Additionally, every representation of the mercy seat I’ve ever seen pictures the two covering cherubs as mirror images of each other. I don’t believe the mercy seat is a literal representation of the heavenly reality, but this is how Stan and Gabriel became mirror twins for the story.

Debora says of the leaves: “They’re from the Viv Zabé … As you may remember from The Manual, they are useful for healing.”

  • See: Revelation 22:2

Doug says of Susana: “the scars helped her become the beautiful woman she is today.”

  • See: Acts 14:22; Romans 5:3–4; James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 4:12–13

 

Chapter 37: Doubts

Josh says: “there comes a point when a person becomes incapable of responding to Dad’s lashani.”

  • See: Ephesians 4:30; Isaiah 63:9–10; John 12:37–40; Hebrews 3:12–15

Josh continues: “there are just two sides—those who trust Dad, and those who don’t.”

  • See: Matthew 12:30; Luke 11:23; Matthew 25: 31–46; John 17:3; 1 John 5:20

Chris remembers: “A story from The Manual came back to him—Doug had freed, through many miraculous feats, a nation of runners from slavery, but they sat worrying about where their next meal would come from.”

  • See: Exodus 16:3

Mike says to Chris: “The real question is whether … you’ll use the faith Doug gives you to believe truth, regardless of the feelings the poisons cause.”

  • See: Psalm 91:4; Jeremiah 17:9; John 16:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:10; Proverbs 9:6; James 1:22–25

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    • Della Loredo
      Sep 24, 2014 @ 21:39:44

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  2. Trucos destiny
    Sep 18, 2014 @ 18:11:48

    ¿Realmente piensas todo esto? De Ningun Modo yo pienso que la info que has
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    • Della Loredo
      Sep 19, 2014 @ 19:29:25

      No sé cómo responder a su pregunta siendo que es muy general. Si está preguntando si yo pienso que todos los textos en esta página son verdad, entonces respondo que sí. Yo sí creo que la palabra de Dios es la verdad.

      Si está preguntando acerca del libro (The Race: An Allegory), respondo que no. La historia en el libro es una alegoría—una novela—que es, por definición, inventada. Jesús también usó parábolas como esta, y la Biblia misma representa la vida cristiana usando la metáfora del correr. Pero metáforas y alegorías siempre tienen límites en su poder de representar la verdad. Hablo de este problema y menciono algunos de estos límites al final del libro en el “Author’s Note.”

      Si esto no toca la cuestión que usted quiso hacer, tal vez pueda hacer su pregunta más especifica?

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  4. Trucos de Destiny
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