Thursday, February 09, 2006
God's familiar

The following is a quote my OT theology professor used to kick off our class. Its from Hans Urs Von Balthasar. Read it out loud if you can. Let the words sink in. It's some crazy, good stuff:

In so far as God sends forth his word in omnipotence, this word has the power to take to itself and keep the person whom it has struck: his creatureliness quakes to its foundation and, so threatened, he would like to flee from the spot with closed eyes. But the word has the power to bring him to give the answer required by obedience. However, the first impact of divinity can never be spared him, a shock which will then penetrate and affect all succeeding speeches and replies. One may become God’s familiar, but one can never get used to Him.

posted by Peter at 11:38 PM
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