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Good, and Evil

“Man knows good and evil, but because he is not the origin, because he acquires this knowledge only at the price of estrangement from the origin, the good and evil that he knows are not the good and evil of God but good and evil against God. They are good and evil of man’s own choosing, in opposition to the eternal election of God. In becoming like God man has become a god against God.

“This finds it’s expression in the fact that man, knowing of good and evil, has finally torn himself loose from life, that is to say from the eternal life which proceeds from the choice of God. ‘And now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever . . . he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden, Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life’ (Gen. 3.22 and 24). Man knows good and evil, against God, against his origin, godlessly, and of his own choice, understanding himself according to his own contrary possibilities; and he is cut off from the unifying, reconciling life in God, and is delivered over to death. The secret which man has stolen from God is bringing about man’s downfall.

“Man’s life is now disunion with God, with men, with things, and with himself.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Ethics, chapter 1 pages 23 and 24

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Repost – The Strongest Trees

I just got my annual blog report this morning. My post from 2011, “The Strongest Trees”, was the most popular post of 2012. I reread it, and decided that it’s worth a repost.

The weakest trees grow by themselves. The strongest trees grow in the forest. The weakest trees will bow and break when strong winds blow. The strongest trees, because they are surrounded by other trees, will be able to stand strong winds.

Today my boss, Fedi Davidovics, talked to me a little bit about my life as a Christian. He stated that we have two enemies – the physical, and the spiritual. If I, as a Christian, try to fight the spiritual battle alone, when the worst assaults come I won’t be able to stand as strong as if I have surrounded myself with a host of other Christians.

The weakest Christians stand by themselves. The strongest Christians stand with other Christians. The weakest Christians will bow and break when strong winds blow. The strongest Christians, because they are surrounded by other Christians, will be able to stand strong winds.

The Strongest Trees

The weakest trees grow by themselves. The strongest trees grow in the forest. The weakest trees will bow and break when strong winds blow. The strongest trees, because they are surrounded by other trees, will be able to stand strong winds.

Today my boss, Fedi Davidovics, talked to me a little bit about my life as a Christian. He stated that we have two enemies – the physical, and the spiritual. If I, as a Christian, try to fight the spiritual battle alone, when the worst assaults come I won’t be able to stand as strong as if I have surrounded myself with a host of other Christians.

The weakest Christians stand by themselves. The strongest Christians stand with other Christians. The weakest Christians will bow and break when strong winds blow. The strongest Christians, because they are surrounded by other Christians, will be able to stand strong winds.