Saturday, April 23, 2011

A thought from silence

"Jesus was not crucified for teaching people to have a cheerful attitude. Jesus was crucified for teaching there was another way to live than adhering to the pharisaical religion of Israel or the brutal empire of Rome...

"As the children who were born at the at the close World War II came of age, they began to imagine an alternative to the hate and war that had defined their parents' generation, and so they sang and spoke of 'love and peace.' The problem was that no one could actually live it. As Larry Norman wryly observed, 'Beatles said all you need is love, and then they broke up.' The 'love and peace' generation of the sixties wasn't wrong in trying to imagine something better than a world filled with hate and war - it was wrong in not finding a better messiah than the Beatles." (UNconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness, by Brian Zahnd, pgs. 16 and 18)

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