Goethe on Enslavement

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.”  –  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A case in point would be those today who ignore Jesus’ admonition:

John 8:34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.

How much more then are people who, in the name of “tolerance,” don’t even believe there is such a thing as sin enslaved to it!

2 Replies to “Goethe on Enslavement”

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  2. Although at war with church (Roman Catholic), Goethe was most probably a believer as the following two quotes could underline.

    “The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.”
    (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

    Here’s another one I merely found in German. Therefore I tried to translate it myself.

    “Er war nunmehr der Länder satt // Wo man so viele Kreuze hat // Und man für lauter Kreuz und Christ // Ihn eben und sein Kreuz vergisst.”
    (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Der ewige Jude)

    “He was fed up with countries now
    Where hosts of crosses stand – and how
    Where one for facing cross and Christ
    Forgets Himself, his cross denies.”

    PS
    What a difference a day makes when the difference is Christ 🙂
    There is nothing else to be proud of
    But being with Him 😉

    “Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”” (Jer 9:23-24)

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