Rousseau on Socrates and Jesus

JJ RouseauSocrates dies with honor, surrounded by his disciples listening to the most tender words -the easiest death that one could wish to die. Jesus dies in pain, dishonor, mockery, the object of universal cursing – the most horrible death that one could fear. At the receipt of the cup of poison, Socrates blesses him who could not give it to him without tears; Jesus, while suffering the sharpest pains, prays for His most bitter enemies. If Socrates lived and died like a philosopher, Jesus lived and died like a god.

–Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
French philosopher

The Perfect Act

2495732553_0a941af75bA man who was completely innocent,
offered himself as a sacrifice for
the good of others, including his enemies,
and became the ransom of the world.
It was a perfect act.

— Mahatma Gandhi, 
(1869-1948)

When God says, “Me too”

rob bellOur tendency in the midst of suffering is to turn on God. To get angry and bitter and shake our fist at the sky and say, “God, you don’t know what it’s like! You don’t understand! You have no idea what I’m going through. You don’t have a clue how much this hurts.

The cross is God’s way of taking away all of our accusations, excuses, and arguments.

The cross is God taking on flesh and blood and saying, “Me too.”

― Rob Bell