Bonhoeffer

“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. ‘The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared’ (Luther).”
― Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community

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2 comments
  1. Chris said:

    Whilst literally elegant; this is poetic nonsense. Like all “blind readings” we all live “in the midst of our enemies”. This passage merely exposes the worse kind of charlotism that has been pervading and persuading individuals to believe there dead relatives can speak to them, that their life is controlled by the position of the planets and stars, and that there is a god who cares about them. Every conflict since the life of this historical character has been born out of religious hatred; not a particularly good legacy. Perhaps if a humanist revolution had been born earlier we could saved so much misery and blood shed, amongst other things. Maybe, with the benefit of hindsight, Jesus, who was probably not the son of god, would have agreed.

  2. Thank you, you are clearly an existential humanist to the marrow. The thing is that your humanistic revolution was what caused all this chaos in the first place when Eve first sinned and her cowardly husband stood by and did nothing to defend her. Had they obeyed God then misery and blood shed would have been avoided and the perfect world that Jesus Christ created in the beginning would have continued: in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the Word was God, all things that were made through him and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1,4)

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