"The glory of God is man fully alive, and the life of man is the vision of God." -St Irenaeus of Lyon

On the Gospel

“The Gospel is a harsh document; the Gospel is ruthless and specific in what it says; the Gospel is not meant to be re-worded, watered down and brought to the level of either our understanding or our taste. The Gospel is proclaiming something which is beyond us and which is there to stretch our mind, to widen our heart beyond the bearable at times, to recondition all our life, to give us a world view which is simply the world upside-down and this we are not keen to accept….The Gospel is ruthless, and the words of Christ are harsh, however loving they are; because love is ruthless, love will never accept compromise.”

-Metropolitan Anthony Bloom in his sermon asking “Can Modern Man Believe?

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One response

  1. Excellent!

    Lots of people will give a gutteral “Yeah!!!” to the first sentence. Once upon a time, that’s really as far as my comprehension would have gone.

    It’s the rest of this quote I wouldn’t have understood – indeed, probably would have glossed over – before I became Orthodox.

    “To me,” if I may use that subjective-sounding locution, the rest of it is about the radicalness of the Incarnation – both the raw fact and the teleos of it – which is mind-stretching if not mind-blowing. I don’t know if that ever sat well with us fallen humans (the preaching of the Gospel has always been “foolishness”), but I think it may be even harder in an age that has indoctrinated us into a world utterly disenchanted and flattened.

    25 August 2010 at 6:28 am

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