New Abiding Quaker post: "Partaking of the Sufferings"

Man at his coming into the world hath a light from Christ, him by whom the world was made, which is more than conscience; but he that hates the light abides in darkness, and so is not like to receive the spirit, but is reproved with it (The Great Mystery, p.342).

Though everyone who comes into the world has a light from Christ, not all love it, because loving it entails suffering, a dying to the self, the inward crucifixion. Not loving the light has tragic consequences, both for the individual and the world. In "Partaking of the Sufferings," I examine the foundational existential choice confronting each person, its significance and some implications and consequences.


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Comment by David McKay on 8th mo. 10, 2016 at 6:35pm

Thank you Patricia.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who still finds William Stringfellow's approach to faith in this modern world helpful.

Comment by Patricia Dallmann on 8th mo. 11, 2016 at 8:41am

Thank you for your comment, David, and also for signing up to receive future blog posts. That quote from Stringfellow moved me with its insistent pointing to the Word of God as the power that redeems the world. The Word is Christ, and not the scriptures. The following passage from Fox's Works (III, 376) shows the clarity Friends had about the relationship between Christ and the scriptures:

The scriptures are the words of God, and Christ is the word in whom they end; and the word of God is the end which fulfils all scriptures, which came to the prophets, which the apostles preached, by which they discerned and spoke forth the words, and saw the fulfilling of the words; and the scriptures of truth cannot be broken, but are fulfilled by Christ the word. And the spirit is the rule that gave forth scriptures, and that led the saints into all truth. 


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