It Changes Everything

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“God loves you”—isn’t that the most well-worn of clichés? It’s just standard filler for the laziest, most obvious and repetitive homilies. Smile. Yawn. Everybody knows that by now, at least everybody who has ever been in a church or read a Bible.

No. Exactly the opposite. It is not familiar. It is shattering. It changes everything. And most Christians do not realize it.

–Peter Kreeft,
The God Who Loves You

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Sin and the Love of God

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When we believe
that God is something
other than a lover,
it is inevitable that
we will sin.

–Peter Kreeft

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Baseball, Heaven and Hell

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The self is like a baseball. Throw it back to the divine pitcher who pitched it to you in the first place, and the game of love goes on. Hold it, and the game is over. That is the difference between Heaven and Hell.

—Peter Kreeft,
The God Who Loves You

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That simple liberating truth

7934 copyGod is love. God is a lover. He is not a manager, businessman, accountant, owner, or puppet-master. What he wants from us first of all is not a technically correct performance but our heart. Protestants and Catholics alike need to relearn or re-emphasize that simple, liberating truth.

–Peter Kreeft

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A strong suspicion

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I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference even the tiniest of our prayers make, and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect, and all the consequences of those prayers down through the centuries, we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer that we would be unable to get up off our knees for the rest of our lives.

–Peter Kreeft
Angels and Demons

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Sin is Relational

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Divine goodness is not just perfect, it is more than perfect. It spills out beyond itself like sunlight. It is agape, generosity, altruism, self-giving, self-sacrificial love. God seeks intimacy with Man . . . “Your creator shall become your Husband,” says Isaiah (54:5). To that end, He makes covenants, to prepare for the fundamental covenant, marriage.

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No pagan ever suspected the possibility of such intimacy, even with their finite, anthropomorphic gods: that is, the relationship scripture calls “faith,” or fidelity. And therefore no pagan ever understood the deeper meaning and terror of “sin” either, for sin is the breaking of that relationship. Sin is to faith what infidelity is to marriage. Only one who knows the wonder of marriage can know the horror of infidelity.

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That is why Jesus . . . took sin much more seriously than any pagan possibly could, and why He paid the ultimate price—His own life—to save us from it.

–Peter Kreeft
The Philosophy of Jesus

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Known and loved

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Tolkien says of the Gospel, “There is no tale men more wish to be true.” For life’s greatest joy is to be loved, passionately loved, infinitely loved; to be totally known, with all our wrinkles, and yet totally loved . . .

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To be loved and known at once: that is Heavenly. Remember the joy you felt when you received even a little of that, even the tiniest approximation to that, from one little stupid, sinful human being like yourself? Now multiply that by infinity, which is the difference between humanity and divinity, and you begin to understand the joy of being known and loved by God. Loved how much? This much. Christ-much.

–Peter Kreeft
The Philosophy of Jesus

Image: Stephen Darbishire

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He walked among us

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The incarnation
does not mean some
abstract doctrine
about the intersection
of eternity and time;
the incarnation means
that God stepped
in our manure.

–Peter Kreeft

Not just Father

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Our highest relationship 
with God is the relationship 
God had with God. 
What did incarnate God 
call unincarnate God? 
Not just “Father 
but “Abba.”

–Peter Kreeft
The Angel and the Ants

With or without Him—forever

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If your life is Christ, then your death will be only more of Christ, forever. If your life is only Christlessness, then your death will be only more Christlessness, forever. That’s not fundamentalism, that’s the law of non-contradiction.

–Peter Kreeft
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Eternal childhood

Perhaps this will be one of the supreme tests: would we choose the childlikeness of Heaven or the promise of “maturity”, of “humanity come of age” in Hell? Will we suffer gladly the blow and shock to our pride that is Heaven’s gift of eternal childhood (thus eternal hope and progress) or will we insist on the “successes” of “self-actualization” that Heaven denies us and Hell offers us? If the latter, we will find despair instead of hope, ennui [boredom] instead of creative work, and the emptying out of all our joy.

Jesus’ teaching, “Unless you turn
and become like children, you will
never enter the kingdom of Heaven”,
is not something to be outgrown.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, when asked which are the four most important virtues, replied, “Humility, humility, humility, and humility.”

–Peter Kreeft

Love’s mystery

“Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

Love should cast out terror, but it should not cast out awe. True love includes awe. This is one of the great secrets of sex and marriage that our age has tragically forgotten: awe at the mystery that sex is. Science has not explained away this mystery, nor has psychology. No true mystery is ever explained away. Sex, death, love, evil, beauty life, the soul, God—these remain forever infinite mysteries that we can never exhaust and should not want to. They are like the ocean, for us to swim in, not like a glass of water for us to drink and drain dry.

God is love, And love is not “luv.” Luv is nice; love is not nice. Love is a fire, a hurricane, an earthquake, a volcano, a bolt of lightning. Love is what banged out the big bang in the beginning, and love is what went to hell for us on the cross…

Perfect love casts out fear, but unless we begin with fear, we cannot progress to perfect love. Fear is the caterpillar, love is the butterfly.

–Peter Kreeft

Love is God’s essence

 

Love is God’s essence. Nowhere else does the Scripture express God’s essence in this way. Scripture says God is just and merciful, but it does not say that God is justice itself or mercy itself. It does say that God is love, not just a love. Love is God’s very essence. Everything else is a manifestation of this essence to us, a relationship between this essence and us. This is the absolute, everything else is relative to it.

–Peter Kreeft

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One road to joy

There is only one
and only one possible
road to joy:
selfless love.

–Peter Kreeft

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Defenseless against beauty

We have no defense against beauty. We have defense against falsehood. There’s a little sensor that lives in our brain, it’s like the keeper of a drawbridge. Nobody can come in to that castle unless they pass the keeper of the drawbridge—and that’s called reason. But there’s no keeper of the drawbridge by the heart. You see something beautiful—you’re defenseless . . . that’s why it’s so powerful.

–Peter Kreeft

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Too big for anything else

Everything except
heaven is boring,
because our hearts
are too big
for anything less.

–Peter Kreeft

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Incomprehensible excess

We sinned
for no reason but
an incomprehensible
lack of love.
And He saved us
for no reason but
an incomprehensible
excess of love. 

–Peter Kreeft

Heaven is not boring

Heaven is not boring.
In fact, only heaven (and heaven’s
colonies on earth) is not boring . . .
(It involves) the most joy-filled,
glory-weighted purpose
any heart has ever imagined:
receiving and giving back infinite, absolute,
inconditional divine love forever . . .
The one thing it can’t be is boring.

–Peter Kreeft

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