Without This, How Can we Help Feeling Either Exalted or Dejected

Without this divine knowledge, how could we help feeling either exalted or dejected?  The Christian religion alone has been able to cure these twin vices, not by using the one to expel the other according to worldly wisdom, but by expelling both through the simplicity of the gospel.  For it teaches the righteous that they still bear the source of all corruption which exposes them throughout their lives to error, misery, death and sin; and [yet] it cries out to the most ungodly that they are capable of the grace of the Redeemer.  Thus making those whom it justifies to terrible, yet consoling those whom it condemns, it so nicely tempers fear with hope through this dual capacity…Grace and sin!  It causes infinitely more dejection than mere reason – but without despair, and infinitely more exaltation than natural pride – but without puffing us up [Pensees 208]

– Blaise Pascal as quoted by Tim Keller, in the forward to Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; location 138


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