dord (dôrd), n. density of mind; chiefly exhibited by one who attempts to demonstrate supposed knowledge --adj. dord'ish

12.11.2006

December's Quote to Ponder

"Conviction that is not undergirded by love makes the possessor of that conviction obnoxious and the dogma possessed becomes repulsive."
--Ravi Zacharias

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Blogger Jason said...

If you were expecting a Christmas quote. . . so was I. But I didn't have one, and didn't have a lot of time to look, and finally realized that the month is nearly half over and I'd better put something up. If you have a good Christmas quote, send it my way so I can tuck it away for next year. :-)

Of course, this Ravi quote is well worth pondering. So it's not just some throw-in.

12/11/2006 10:02 PM

 
Blogger Sterling said...

Great quote. Demands more time to ponder.

Before leaving your blog, however, I paused to mull this quote over, trying to see if I could find a connection to Christmas though I know you didn't intend one. Here is the thought that came to mind; I'll leave it to you all to judge whether or not the relation is lucid.

"Conviction that is not undergirded by love makes the possessor of that conviction obnoxious..." Christ's "conviction" or plan and execution of the works necessary for man's salvation if not undergirded by His perfect love for His own creation, would have made Him "obnoxious" and His "dogma", that he is the Savior, would be "repulsive".

I don not suggest that this prospect, that Christ could operate outside love, is possible, for it is written, "God is love"; my point is merely illustrative.

12/12/2006 10:18 PM

 
Blogger Jason said...

(sorry it took me so long to respond)

It's hard to think about when you put it in those terms, because, as you yourself said, God is love. Think about John 3:16--so well-known that we easily miss the power of what it says. Inherent in the Gospel message is God's unfathomable love to us.

But think about that quote in terms of other world religions. Every other religion demands obedience as though one must obey to earn the love of God.

God does demand obedience, but it is the obedience of faith (Romans 1:5, 16:26), so that, rather than our obedience and love precipitating God's love, "We love because he first loved us." (1 John 4:19)

12/23/2006 10:19 PM

 

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