more on the Wright quote

A conversation between a son and father and son asks father why squirrels don’t ever learn to not run in front of cars. Father explains that it’s just not in their squirrel brains this concept of a ton of metal on wheels moving at 35-50 mph and this level of deadly force…they just have no concept of it, it’s out of their realm.

Quote from NT Wright below which I keep reading. Our little human brains, for all their capability of technological wonders is not probably able to really wrap itself around the love that God has for us. The level of sacrifice and his grace and that he is love. We have nothing to connect it to that is familiar, so it is pretty much impossible to fathom.

 

How can you cope with the end of a world and the beginning of another one? How can you put an earthquake into a test tube, or the sea into a bottle? How can you live with the terrifying thought that the hurricane has become human, that fire has become flesh, that life itself came to life and walked in our midst? Christianity either means that, or it means nothing. It is either the most devastating disclosure of the deepest reality in the world, or it’s a sham, a nonsense, a bit of deceitful play-acting. Most of us, unable to cope with saying either of these things, condemn ourselves to live in the shallow world in between. We may not be content there, but we don’t know how to escape. –NT Wright in For All God’s Worth

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Jenelle says:

    unfortunately, i have never heard this. I’m a bit of a ree-ree.

  2. suleyman says:

    Jenelle is not a ree ree.The Bible uses all kinds of metaphors to get the idea across. My favorite is that of bride and bridegroom. The church being the bride and God being the bridegroom.This is not the place for me to ruminate on matters of perfect love versus human love, so I’ll just say yes, I agree with this notion of humans not being able to comprehend God’s love. It’s not our brains, though, but our spiritual wretchedness. Human love is just a pixel in the Mona Lisa that is Perfect Love.-Suley

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