Incarnation Quotes

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Marcus Aurelius
“You are a little soul carrying about a corpse, as Epictetus used to say.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Madeleine L'Engle
“There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.”
Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle
“Basically there can be no categories such as 'religious' art and 'secular' art, because all true art is incarnational, and therefore 'religious.”
Madeleine L'Engle

Athanasius of Alexandria
“He, the Life of all, our Lord and Saviour, did not arrange the manner of his own death lest He should seem to be afraid of some other kind. No. He accepted and bore upon the cross a death inflicted by others, and those other His special enemies, a death which to them was supremely terrible and by no means to be faced; and He did this in order that, by destroying even this death, He might Himself be believed to be the Life, and the power of death be recognised as finally annulled. A marvellous and mighty paradox has thus occurred, for the death which they thought to inflict on Him as dishonour and disgrace has become the glorious monument to death's defeat.”
St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Athanasius of Alexandria
“The Self-revealing of the Word is in every dimension - above, in creation; below, in the Incarnation; in the depth, in Hades; in the breadth, throughout the world. All things have been filled with the knowledge of God.”
St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Athanasius of Alexandria
“Dead men cannot take effective action; their power of influence on others lasts only till the grave. Deeds and actions that energise others belong only to the living. Well, then, look at the facts in this case. The Saviour is working mightily among men, every day He is invisibly persuading numbers of people all over the world, both within and beyond the Greek-speaking world, to accept His faith and be obedient to His teaching. Can anyone, in face of this, still doubt that He has risen and lives, or rather that He is Himself the Life? Does a dead man prick the consciences of men...?”
St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Karl Barth
“The nativity mystery “conceived from the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary”, means, that God became human, truly human out of his own grace. The miracle of the existence of Jesus , his “climbing down of God” is: Holy Spirit and Virgin Mary! Here is a human being, the Virgin Mary, and as he comes from God, Jesus comes also from this human being. Born of the Virgin Mary means a human origin for God. Jesus Christ is not only truly God, he is human like every one of us. He is human without limitation. He is not only similar to us, he is like us.”
Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline

Athanasius of Alexandria
“The body of the Word, then, being a real human body, in spite of its having been uniquely formed from a virgin, was of itself mortal and, like other bodies, liable to death. But the indwelling of the Word loosed it from this natural liability, so that corruption could not touch it. Thus is happened that two opposite marvels took place at once: the death of all was consummated in the Lord's body; yet, because the Word was in it, death and corruption were in the same act utterly abolished.”
St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Athanasius of Alexandria
“The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering men. For one who wanted to make a display the thing would have been just to appear and dazzle the beholders. But for Him Who came to heal and to teach the way was not merely to dwell here, but to put Himself at the disposal of those who needed Him, and to be manifested according as they could bear it, not vitiating the value of the Divine appearing by exceeding their capacity to receive it.”
St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Paul E. Miller
“Prayer is a moment of incarnation - God with us. God involved in the details of my life.”
Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

“... without the incarnation, Christianity isn't even a very good story, and most sadly, it means nothing. "Be nice to one another" is not a message that can give my life meaning, assure me of love beyond brokenness, and break open the dark doors of death with the key of hope.

The incarnation is an essential part of Jesus-shaped spirituality.”
Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality

Amit Ray
“There is only one all-pervading God. It has no religion, no incarnation. It is free from all contaminations.”
Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights and Inspirations

Athanasius of Alexandria
“For the Lord touched all parts of creation, and freed and undeceived them all from every deceit.”
St. Athanasius, On the Incarnation

“...the incarnation is the complete refutation of every human system and institution that claims to control, possess, and distribute God. Whatever any church or religious leader may claim in regard to their particular access to God or control over your experience of God, the incarnation is the last word: God loves the world. God came into the world in the form of the people he created, the human race (including you and me), who bear his image. God's creation of humanity in his image gives hints of who he is, since we all are marked by his fingerprints.

But as flawed humans, we give only a vague hint of God. Our broken reflection of God's image is easily drowned out by our broken humanity. then, two thousand years ago, God came in his fullness. He came to all of us in Jesus. The incarnation is not owned, trademarked, or controlled by any church. It belongs to every human being. The incarnation is not something that requires a distributor or middleman. It is a gracious gift to every person everywhere, religious or not. God gave himself to us in Jesus.”
Michael Spencer, Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality

“If Christianity was only about finding a group of people to live life with who shared openly their search for God and allowed anyone regardless of behavior to seek too and who collectively lived by faith to make the world a little more like Heaven would you be interested ’ ‘Hell yes ’ was his reply. He continued ‘Are there churches like that”
Hugh Halter & Matt Smay, The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community: The Posture and Practices of Ancient Church Now

Hans Urs von Balthasar
“Her (Mary's) Son first had to be the Child of the Father in order then to become man and be capable of taking up on his shoulders the burden of a guilty world.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar, Unless You Become Like This Child

Hans Urs von Balthasar
“Mary thus learns that the Most High has ever borne a Son in his bosom, and that this Son has now chosen her bosom as dwelling-place.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar, Unless You Become Like This Child

“Action is always superior to speech in the Gospels, which is why the Word became flesh and not newsprint.”
Colin M. Morris, Mankind My Church

Ephrem the Syrian
“This Lord of natures today was transformed contrary to His nature;
it is not too difficult for us to also overthrow our evil will." Hymns of the Nativity, Hymn 1:97, pg. 74 in Ephrem the Syrian: Hymns (New York: Paulist Press, 1989).”
St. Ephrem the Syrian

“We must primarily become seekers of God instead of founders of works, for work will not sustain us through the traumas of incarnation.”
Viv Grigg

M. Robert Mulholland Jr.
“When we pray "Let your kingdom come," we aren't asking God to bring history to an end and whisk us to realms of glory, or to wave a magic wand and solve all the problems we face in our life. Rather, we are making a radical commitment to live our life in the world ("on earth") in such loving abandonment to God that the values and principles, the perspectives and dynamics of God's realm of life and wholeness become incarnate in and through our being and doing. Here too we are utterly incapable of actualizing the kingdom in this way. We can, however, through loving abandonment, allow God to incarnate kingdom life in and through us in the circumstances of our daily life.”
M. Robert Mulholland Jr., The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self

Thomas  Moore
“For our lives, incarnation means being focused on the spiritual and the eternal but bringing that focus deep into our life. … This is really the heart of the Christmas theological message: Live in two worlds that overlap but are distinct. Don’t be materialistic, but don’t sacrifice our ordinary physical life for any spiritual ideal. Be lowly and lofty.”
Thomas Moore, The Soul of Christmas

“Christ is everywhere, closer to everything created than these things are to themselves. God's embodiment through Christ encompasses the world.”
Vitor Westhelle, Scandalous God, the PB: The Use and Abuse of the Cross

Shiv Sangal
“All living beings have to take incarnations. Companions are just like pedestrians in the way.”
Shiv Sangal, Sarita

“For our lives, incarnation means being focused on the spiritual and the eternal but bringing that focus deep into our life. … This is really the heart of the Christmas theological message: Live in two worlds that overlap but are distinct. Don’t be materialistic, but don’t sacrifice our ordinary physical life for any spiritual ideal. Be lowly and lofty.”
Thomas Moore

Leland Lewis
“In the teachings of the practical and unwritten Kaballa; a natural enlightened human incarnation passes by; along the infinite Way; in four phases:
1. From age zero to 33 the Fool of Innocence (the Mother path)
2. From age 33 to 66 the Fool of Virtue (the Father path)
3. From 66 to 99 the Fool of Wisdom (path of the the True Self)
4. From age 99 and beyond the Mother-Father-Self All One
Namaste Sri Leland”
Leland Lewis, Random Molecular Mirroring

Russell Anthony Gibbs
“Awareness or consciousness is what directs areas of the source energy field causing manifestation. A combination of your personal consciousness, unconsciousness and collective consciousness ultimately manifested your physical incarnation, including all aspects of who and what you are.”
Russell Anthony Gibbs, The Principle of Manifestation: A Practical Guide to How We Materialize the Physical Universe

Ellen G. White
“That we might become acquainted with His divine character and life, Christ took our nature and dwelt among us. Divinity was revealed in humanity; the invisible glory in the visible human form. Men could learn of the unknown through the known; heavenly things were revealed through the earthly; God was made manifest in the likeness of men.”
Ellen G. White, Christs Object Lessons

W.H. Auden
“for once in our lives / Everything became a You and nothing was an It.”
W. H. Auden

“In a sense, the cross completes the incarnation.”
Jean-Marc Ela

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