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25 September 2011

Sunday Night Bonhoeffer

So our coming of age forces us to a true recognition of our situation… God is teaching us that we must live as men who can get on very well without him. The God who is with us is the god who forsakes us (Mark 15.34)… Before God and with him we live without God. God allows himself to be edged out of the world and onto a cross. God is weak and powerless in the world, and that is exactly the way, the only way, in which he can be with us and help us… it is not by his omnipotence that Christ helps us, it is by his weakness… Man’s religiosity makes him look in distress for the power of God in the world… The bible, however, directs him to the powerlessness and suffering of God. Only a suffering God can help. (Bonhoeffer, Letter from Tegel prison 16 July 1944).

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