Brennan Manning: A Glimpse of Jesus: The Stranger to Self-Hatred (AUDIO ONLY)

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(Broadcast December 6, 2002)

Harper San Francisco

Brennan Manning

Central Theme
Though we tend towards self-hatred, even the slightest glimpse of Jesus reveals his unconditional love, a surpassing love that will not let us go.

Self-hatred is the curse of the Christian and the single most common spiritual sickness in America today. A glimpse of Jesus reveals his unconditional love, which is the prescription to remedy self-hatred; Jesus heals through meal-sharing, storytelling, prayer. Through our commitment to integrity ad compassion we find our self-hatred giving way to God’s loving presence.

Beliefs num
–WE tend to think of God as judgmental and vindictive.
–Because we cannot accept ourselves we think God can’t either.
–Religious perfectionism and legalism feed into this mindset.
–Jesus is s stranger to self-hatred.
–Jesus loves and accepts us like he does all lowlifes!
–Having been unconditionally loved we are free to pursue a life of greater integrity, and compassion.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Do you believe God loves you just as you are or do you need to change and become better before He will love you?
–If God loves us as we are, why do we have such a difficult time accepting ourself?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Self-hatred is the predominant spiritual problem I’ve had to deal with in 28 years as a vagabond evangelist.
–Blaming the church is a jejune, counterproductive defense mechanism for which I neither have the time nor the heart. The church has been and will remain the locus of my encounter with Jesus.
–God made man in his own image and man returned the complement.
==Blaise Pascal.
–It takes a profound conversion to accept the belief that God is tender and loves us just as we are, not in spite of our sins and faults, but with them.
==Jesuit Bernard Bush
–The perfectionist in the spiritual life is locked into the saint-or-sinner syndrome, tyrannized by an all-or-nothing mentality.
–Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.
–It’s been a half-century of sin and grace. I’ve been a drunk and I’ve been divorced. I’ve been sexually promiscuous, faithful during marriage but unfaithful to celibacy, a liar, envious of the gifts of others, a priest who was insufferably arrogant, a people-pleaser and a braggart. By sheer grace I’ve been able to abandon myself in unshaken trust to the compassion and mercy of Jesus Christ.
==Brennan to high-school classmate at 50th anniversary.
–But Jesus, what about my irritating character defects the boasting, the inflating of truth, the pretense of being an intellectual, the impatience with people, and all the times I drank to excess?¢â‚¬¦Your love for me has never wavered; your heart has remained pure. What’s more, even in the darkness and confusion, you’ve always done something that overshadowed all the rest. You were kind to sinners.
==Brennan’s confession of his sin and Jesus’ response.
–Does the church have any more urgent ministry than providing time and making space for the critical question of Christ in the gospels: do you love me?
–For love of you I left my Father’s side I came to you who ran from me, who fled me, who did not want to hear my name. For love of you I was covered with spit. Punched and beaten, and fixed to the wood of the cross.
==Jesus to Brennan Manning in the cave at Tarlette, Spain.
–The usual tenor of my prayer life is dryness, longing, and experiencing the absence of God in the hope of communion.
–Only mystics, clowns and artists, in my experience, speak the truth, which, as Blake keeps insisting is perceptive to the imagination rather than the mind. Our knowledge of Jesus Christ is far too serious a business to be left to theologians and exegetes alone. From the Middle Ages these professionals have monotonously neglected art and the imagination as guides to religious truth. I find myself in complete agreement with those who wish to reinstate the mystics, the clowns and artists alongside tot scholars. To modify Wittgenstein; what we cannot imagine, we must confine to silence and on-belief.
==Malcolm Muggeridge.
–Jesus mixed easily with the nobodies, the discards and the lowlife rejects.
–The church that will not accept the fact that it consists of sinful men and exists for sinful men becomes hard-hearted, self-righteous, inhuman¢â‚¬¦The church must always disassociate itself from sin, it can never have any excuse for keeping sinners at distance.
==Hans King, On Being a Christian.
–Two twenty-minute periods of primetime in solitary prayer, morning and evening, before the symbol of the crucified Christ is the most effective discipline I have found for making conscious contact with the living God and his liberating love.
–On many Sunday morning television presentations of Christianity, we hear much of money and success, often of psychological stability and social popularity, frequently of the glories of capitalism and dangers of socialism, but rarely of the poor, the suffering, the rejected, the disenfranchised.
==John Kavanough. Following Christ in a Consumer Society, 1992.
–If you call Jesus Goodness, he’ll be good to you; if you call him Love, he’ll be loving to you; but if you call him Compassion, he’ll know you know.

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