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Miroslav Volf Quotes

Miroslav Volf Quote: “Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans and myself from the community of sinners.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “The difference between justice and forgiveness: To be just is to condemn the fault and, because of the fault, to condemn the doer as well. To forgive is to condemn the fault but to spare the doer. That’s what the forgiving God does.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “To triumph fully, evil needs two victories, not one. The first victory happens when an evil deed is perpetrated; the second victory, when evil is returned. After the first victory, evil would die if the second victory did not infuse it with new life.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Honoring everyone contains the promise of possibility.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Christ’s indwelling presence has freed us from exclusive orientation toward ourselves and opened us up in two directions: toward God, to receive the good things in faith, and toward our neighbor, to pass them on in love.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “If we don’t learn to live with one another we will not live. We will either love each other as neighbors or we won’t be. I believe that it is an insult to me as a Christian to say that I cannot love as neighbor somebody who thinks differently than I do.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Christians believe that there will be a Judgment Day at the end. And it is my belief that on that day justice will be done and there will be a reconciliation between those who have profoundly injured one another takes place.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “In the final analysis, the only available options are either to reject the cross and with it the core of the Christian faith or to take up one’s cross, follow the Crucified-and be scandalized ever anew by the challenge.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Christ came to transform us from never enough people – to more than enough people; that through his poverty we may become rich.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Theology is not only about understanding the world; it is about mending the world.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “There is no more effective way to radicalize American Muslim youth than for political leaders to make public displays of prejudice against all Muslims. Suspicion will undermine their sense of identification with America and alienate some from both the culture and from politics.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “If evangelism isn’t an expression of love of neighbor, it isn’t Christian evangelizing. And love of neighbor includes not only what I say to the neighbor but how I say that.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Whatever the reasons, when forgiveness happens it is always a miracle of grace. The obstacles in its way are immense.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “The practice of non-violence requires a belief in divine vengeance.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Slowly and imperceptibly, the one true God begins acquiring the features of the gods of this world. For instance, our God simply gratifies our desires rather than reshaping them in accordance with the beauty of God’s own character. Our God then kills enemies rather than dying on their behalf as God did in Jesus Christ.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Prejudice is a form of untruthfulness, and untruthfulness is an insidious form of injustice.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “If I say, ‘I forgive you,’ I have implicitly said you have done something wrong to me. But what forgiveness is at its heart is both saying that justice has been violated and not letting that violation count against the offender.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “If you take the ‘love your enemy’ out of Christianity, you’ve ‘unChristianed’ the Christian faith.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “In a way, fraud in business is no different from infidelity in marriage or plagiarism in scholarly work. Even people committed to high moral standards succumb.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “There is no space in which worship should not take place, no time when it should not occur, and no activity through which it should not happen.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “I do believe that Muslims and Christians and Jews pray to the same God. And yet they understand who God is in significantly different ways.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Every word and every deed, every thought and every gesture, even the simple act of paying attention can be a gift and therefore an echo of God’s life in us.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “The goal of pursuit of justice must not simply be that justice happens but that reconciliation also happens.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “If we can exit a relationship, pressure to reconcile lessens; if we must live with those who have wronged us, we are pushed to reconcile.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “For many Americans, Osama bin Laden is the paradigmatic Muslim, an absurd conviction for anyone who has lived with Muslims.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “The significance of the crucifixion is not only what God does for us; consistently throughout the New Testament the crucifixion is portrayed as the pattern that we are to follow. It is a model of social behavior toward the other as well as a statement about what God has done for us.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Naked need is the occasion for God’s giving, not a need adorned with the clean, elegant robes of respectability and good works.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “In good relationships, we are happy to grow as the other person becomes part of us and who we are.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Love properly understood is God – the font of all creation and the ultimate goal of all desires; God properly understood is love.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “For Christians, faith is a precious good, the most valuable personal and social resource. When it is left untapped, the common good suffers – not just the particular interests of Christians.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “There is no greater mystery to me than that of light traveling through darkness.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “The principle cannot be denied: the fiercer the struggle against the injustice you suffer, the blinder you will be to the injustice you inflict. We tend to translate the presumed wrongness of our enemies into an unfaltering conviction of our own rightness.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Faith idles when character shrivels.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Does a person have a right to change his or her own religion? This is a fundamental human right, just like a right to freedom of speech.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “I don’t think we need to agree with anyone in order to love the person. The command for Christians to love the other person, to be benevolent and beneficent toward them, is independent of what the other believes.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “God’s gifts aim at making us into generous givers, not just fortunate receivers. God gives so that we, in human measure, can be givers too.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Absolute hospitality would in no way amount to the absence of violence. To the contrary, it would enthrone violence precisely under the guise of nonviolence because it would leave the violators unchanged and the consequences of violence unremedied.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “When we forget that, we unwittingly reduce God’s ways to our ways and God’s thoughts to our thoughts. Our hearts become factories of idols in which we fashion and refashion God to fit our needs and desires.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “When people are kept in abject poverty and illiteracy while others grow rich and “develop their personalities” at the former’s expense we speak of oppression; when structures and persons that perpetuate powerlessness are replaced by structures that allow people to stand on their own feet and have their own voice, we speak of liberation.2 Both.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Some Jews and Muslims accuse Christians of being idolatrous for believing in the Trinity. My response to both groups is that they fundamentally misunderstand the Christian understanding of the Trinity.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Faith is the way we as receivers relate appropriately to God as the giver. It is empty hands held open for God to fill.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Unaware that our culture has subverted our faith, we lose a place from which to judge our own culture.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Love of enemies is a central moral conviction of the Christian faith; theologians who see their work as a mode of Christian life ought to love their intellectual “enemies”: to respect them as human beings, even to seek their friendship, and certainly not to let a personal squabble rob them of a good and productive argument with them.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “Faith is an expression of the fact that we exist so that the infinite God can dwell in us and work through us for the well-being of the whole creation.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “She loved him for his own sake, and therefore she would rather have suffered his absence if he flourished than to have enjoyed his presence if he languished; her sorrow over his avoidable languishing would overshadow her delight in his presence. For a lover, it is more blessed to give than to receive, even when giving pierces the lover’s heart.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “We also give up on the quest for truth when we marshal all forces – in exegesis and history as well as in philosophical, moral, and practical theology – to “discover” and corroborate predetermined dogmatic stances.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “To live in sync with who we truly are means to recognize that we are dependent on God for our very breath and are graced with many good things; it means to be grateful to the giver and attentive to the purpose for which the gifts are given.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “To give to God is to take from God’s right hand and put that very thing back into God’s left hand.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “This is a book about worshiping the true God and letting the true God act in us. It tells us as plainly as possible that the true God is a God who cannot stop giving and forgiving, and that our knowledge of this true God is utterly bound up with our willingness to receive from the hand of God the liberty to give and forgive.”
Miroslav Volf Quote: “By embracing the “outcast,” Jesus underscored the “sinfulness” of the persons and systems that cast them out.”
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