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 The Paradox of Courage

"..............and though I deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, I am profited nothing." (1Cor 13:3)

True Martyrs love life and love the world for which the Saviour died. Even although a man on a street corner preaches the Gospel and rails against the world and the judgment to come, without love he is truly in-effective. One must beware lest he have a Jonah spirit and find himself in the belly of the whale.........



"Take the case of courage. No quality has ever so much
addled the brains and tangled the definitions of merely
rational sages. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It
means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to
die. "He that will lose his life, the same shall save it," is
not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece
of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be
printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. This paradox is the
whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or quite
brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if
he will risk it on the precipice. He can only get away from
death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier
surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to
combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness
about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will
be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for
death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He
must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it;
he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.
No philosopher, I fancy, has ever expressed this romantic
riddle with adequate lucidity, and I certainly have not done
so. But Christianity has done more: it has marked the limits of
it in the awful graves of the suicide and the hero, showing the
distance between him who dies for the sake of living and him
who dies for the sake of dying. And it has held up ever since
above the European lances the banner of the mystery of
chivalry: the Christian courage, which is a disdain of death;
not the [Oriental] courage, which is a disdain of life.
... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), Orthodoxy,
London, New York: John Lane Company, 1909, p. 170
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 2010/4/28 11:05
sojourner7
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 Re: The Paradox of Courage

When I look at the men of whom the world
was not worthy; I find three things are
common in these uncommon saints;
Their destiny and hope was fixed and sure,
they gave their hearts, lives, minds, their
all fully to GOD.
They had eternity in their hearts and on
their minds; this world had no allure or
charm, this world found no place for them.
They knew the reality of a living, personal,
true GOD and Savior; and HE was their
exceedingly great joy and reward!!


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Martin G. Smith

 2010/4/28 11:24Profile
wahanee
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Joined: 2010/4/30
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The Sho Sharim did create the portal, but, it was not from thE paradox side. It was from the thriving side."Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. 'He that will lose his life shall find it.' Is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes.

 2010/5/5 1:55Profile









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by sojourner7 on 2010/4/28 7:24:34

When I look at the men of whom the world
was not worthy; I find three things are
common in these uncommon saints;
Their destiny and hope was fixed and sure,
they gave their hearts, lives, minds, their
all fully to GOD.
They had eternity in their hearts and on
their minds; this world had no allure or
charm, this world found no place for them.
They knew the reality of a living, personal,
true GOD and Savior; and HE was their
exceedingly great joy and reward!!

Now this is good, even as comments following in accord.



Is this what we are all about in our daily activities?

Can you identify with this?
Where does your money go?
Where is your heart?

Are you prepared to lose your head for Jesus?


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Acts 20:32
"The kingdom then is not for weaklings, waverers, and compromisers... It is not for Balaam, the rich young ruler, Pilate, and Demas... It is not won by means of deferred prayers, unfulfilled promises, broken resolutions and hesitant testimonies. It is for strong and sturdy men like Joseph, Nathan, Elijah, Daniel, Mordecai, and Peter... Stephen... and Paul. And let us not forget such valiant women as Ruth, Deborah, Esther, and Lydia"
~William Hendrickson~

 2010/5/5 4:54





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