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Thursday, July 20, 2006

St. Ephrem the Syrian on the Da Vinci Code

In researching about The Da Vinci Code this evening, I found this wonderful sermon by St. Ephrem the Syrian (c. 306-373). Below are few quotes, but the whole sermon can be found here.

“If He was not flesh, who was lying in the manger? And if He was not God, whom did the Angels come down and glorify?

“If He was not flesh, who was wrapped in swaddling clothes? And if He was not God, whom did the shepherds worship?


“If He was not flesh, whom did Mary suckle? And if He was not God, to whom did the Magi offer gifts?


“If He was not flesh, who was invited to the wedding in Cana of Galilee? And if He was not God, who turned the water into wine?


“If He was not flesh, who fell asleep in the boat? And if He was not God, who rebuked the winds and the sea?


“If He was not flesh, who wept at Lazarus’ grave? And if He was not God, who by His command brought out one four days dead?


“If He was not flesh, who was struck with a blow? And if He was not God, who cured the ear that had been cut off by Peter and restored it to its place?


“If He was not flesh, who stood before Pilate at the judgment seat? And if He was not God, who made Pilate’s wife afraid by a dream?


“If He was not flesh, who was hung on the cross? And if He was not God, who shook the earth from its foundations?


“If He was not God and man, our salvation is a lie, and the words of the Prophets are lies.”

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2 comments:

Carl said...

I wonder how the Muslims and the Mormons would resonate to these truths? Not very well, I'd guess!!
And that's really sad! :(

VirginiaLutherans said...

Unfortunately Carl, I am afraid many "christians" wouldn't resonate either. It's too... judgemental. (I really want to see how that line flies on Judgement Day. Or rather, I hate to see what happens when it does.) I think "christians" who don't understand this are worse off and a much more sad bunch.

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