Friday, November 13, 2009

A nuisance

This is why it is important, from my point of view, to have discovered God. In a way I would say it is rather a danger, very often a nuisance. One could very well live with less trouble without a God than with a God because -- particularly with a God who has accepted solidarity to the point of death, love to the point of forgetting Himself and in addition to this, is vulnerable, helpless, despised, beaten -- God tells us coldbloodedly; this is the example which I give you -- follow it. Or he says, here are the beatitudes: you will be hungry, you will be thirsty, you will be beaten, you will be cast out, you will be persecuted -- and that is the best you can have. That kind of God is not always a discovery that brings ease in our lives. The point is not whether God will be useful, the point is whether it is true that He exists.

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, God and Man (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2004), pp. 93 & 94

Wednesday, November 11, 2009