Saturday, April 07, 2007

"But I do know love"

Os Guinness in Long Journey Home: A Guide to Your Search for the Meaning of Life:

For Christians who believe that Jesus is that kinsman-redeemer and that Messiah, their faith centers on a scandal that no time can rub smooth and no triumphs ever soften: A tortured criminal spread-eagled and naked on the instrument of his execution--for our sake. The God whom Jesus shows on the cross is one who defeats evil by letting it do its very worst to him and then overcoming it.

It was this cross that took Dostoevsky to faith through "the hell-fire of doubt." Gazing at the suffering of Jesus as he stood in front of Hans Holbein's "Descent from the Cross," he realized the painted scene was more than graphic realism. It was a window into the reality of the universe. If God's son suffered like this, there could be redemption in the world. As Alyosha ways in
The Brothers Karamazov, "I do not know the answer to the problem of evil, but I do know love."

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