Friday, September 2, 2011

Self-revealing activity of God

"Still Life with Bible"
Artist: Vincent van Gogh

The following is not a new idea, of course, to people who visit this site. However it is wonderfully articulated in this paragraph:

Literalism gets its name from its insistence that what we find in the Bible is not just the Word of God but the very words of God. The distinction is of tremendous importance. The phrase "Word of God" as used in the Bible itself, notably in the opening sentences of the Fourth Gospel, is an English translation of a Greek word, Logos, which was in wide use among philosophers at the time the New Testament was written. It connotes the creative, outgoing, self-revealing activity of God. The Logos was not a particular divine utterance, but God's overall message to mankind. It was not necessarily communicated verbally in speech or writing. Indeed, the whole point of Christianity is that the supreme communication of the Word took place when it was expressed through a human life and personality in Jesus Christ.

-- Louis Cassels

I remember reading somewhere that the sacred syllable "Om" is used for that Greek word "Logos" when the New Testament is translated into Sanskrit. Here's a sentence I just found on the web:
"Yet another interpretation equates Om with the Greek, “logos,” “the word”, found at the beginning of St John’s gospel."
You can find it right here.


  1. I am delighting in all the wonderful little teachings coming my way through your blogs sister ellie!
    annie c

  2. I'm so glad this is true for you, Annie!

    (And I took care of that double posting situation you had earlier!)

  3. Thanks Ellie. Hope you are enjoying this labor day week-end. love to you,

    annie c


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