Resemblance

July 3, 2018

“…the devil fashions his lies to resemble the truth…heresy and lies creep in when people are apathetic.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 13:24-30)

 

“Error is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should immediately be detected for what it is. It is craftily decked out in attractive dress, so that, by its outward form, it might appear to the inexperienced—ridiculous as the expression may seem—truer than truth itself….The language of these deceivers resembles ours, but what they mean with it is very different.” (St. Irenaeus)

 

“Also in the matter of grace, some things resemble truth, but they are different from the genuine substance of truth.” (Pseudo-Macarius)

 

“I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.” (C. S. Lewis)

 

“Many people want to see the real God. The truth is, the only God they are likely initially to see here on earth is the one they see in us as His living icons. Our behavior in the world either manifests the truth of God’s love or distorts it into something that does not resemble God at all.” (Father David L. Fontes, PsyD)

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