Thursday, April 02, 2009

Pascal: two kinds of men

April 2, 2009

    When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
    On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
    -- Mark 2:16,17 (NIV)

    There are only two kinds of men: the righteous, who believe themselves sinners; the rest, sinners who believe themselves righteous.
    ... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées [1660] (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    You have shown my my unrighteousness, Lord.

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