Thursday, January 6, 2011

When we come to the bible with our questions - How shall I think of God and the universe? How do I arrive at the divine? How present myself? - it answers us, "My dear sir, these are your problems: you must not ask me! Whether it is better to hear mass or a sermon, whether the proper form of Christianity is to be discovered in the Salvation Army or the Mennonites, whether the belief is that of old Rev Doctor Smith or young Rev Mr. Jones... you can and must decide for yourself. It is not the right human thought about God which form the content of the bible, but the right divine thoughts about men. The bible tells us not how we should talk with God but what he says to us; not how we find the way to him, but how He has sought and found us... We have found in the bible a new world, God, God's sovereignty, God's glory, God's incomprehensible love. Not the history of man but the history of God! Not the virtues of men but the virtues of Him who hath called us out of darkness into His marvelous light! Not human standpoints but the standpoints of God.

~Karl Barth

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