Friday, June 26, 2009

What's the Cost?

A quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer,

When a man really gives up trying to make something out of himself-- a saint,
or a converted sinner, or a churchman (a so-called clerical somebody), a
righteous or unrighteous man, . . . when in the fullness of tasks, questions,
success or ill-hap, experiences and perplexities, a man throws himself into the
arms of God. . . then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, that is metanoia and it is thus that he becomes a man and Christian. How can a
man wax arrogant if in a this-sided life he shares the suffering of God?

Metanoia according to Wikipedia:

Metanoia in the context of theological discussion, where it is used often, is
usually interpreted to mean repentance. However, some people argue that the word
should be interpreted more literally to denote changing one's mind, in the sense
of embracing thoughts beyond its present limitations or thought patterns (an
interpretation which is compatible with the denotative meaning of repentance but
replaces its negative connotation with a positive one, focusing on the superior
state being approached rather than the inferior prior state being departed

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