Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Some Easter quotes, from The Jesus I Never Knew, by Philip Yancey

Here as I mentioned are some quotes toward the end of the book and if you have read through the other ones you might not even need to read the book now ; )

"I have marveled at, and sometimes openly questioned, the self-restraint God has shown throughout history, allowing the Genghis Khans, and the Hitlers and the Stalin's to have their way. But nothing- nothing- compares to the self restraint shown that dark Friday in Jerusalem."

He quotes M. Scott Peck here, " There are dozens of ways to deal with evil and several ways to conquer it. All of them are facets of the truth that the only ultimate way to conquer evil is to let it be smothered within a willing, living human being. When it is absorbed there like blood in a sponge or a spear into one's heart, it loses it's power and goes no further. The healing of evil- scientifically or otherwise- can be accomplished only by the love of individuals. A willing sacrifice is required... I do not know how this occurs. But I know that it does... Whenever this happens there is slight shift in the balance of power in the world."

"One reason I am open to belief, I admit, is that at a very deep level I want the Easter story to be true. Faith grows out of the subsoil of yearning, and something primal in human beings cries out against the reign of death. Whether hope takes the form of Egyptian pharaohs stashing their jewels and chariots in pyramids, or the modern American obsession with keeping bodies alive until the last possible nanosecond and then preserving them fluids in double-sealed caskets, we humans resist the idea of death having the final say. We want to believe otherwise."


Jen in Budapest said...

Wow...good stuff...that last quote. Someone was telling me today that their good friend just died of cancer and we were talking about how abnormal death is. It's as if we have been created with eternity in our minds eye so death's sting still hurts, even if the person who dies has clearly gone on to a better place. It just sucks the separation. Good stuff.

OK thanks again for getting all that stuff from my post office box from Greg and the Walmart trip and .......wooooo hoooooooooo!!!!! I can't believe I'm going to see your beautiful face in three days.

I love you sis....Can't wait to see you.

Jen in Budapest said...

I love you sis and miss you already.

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