Saturday, October 8, 2011

But can wolves become sheep?

Another interesting quote from John Chrysostom got me to wondering, "but can wolves become sheep?" Of course I know what he is getting at, and one must not exceed the reasonable limits of metaphor, but is metamorphosis possible for a wolf? Christ sends us out as sheep among wolves, but is it to seek out the "other sheep not of this fold that He shall also bring" or, again speaking metaphorically, can wolves be changed?

And He bids them have not only gentleness as sheep, but also the harmlessness of the dove. For thus shall I best show forth My might, when sheep get the better of wolves, and being in the midst of wolves, and receiving a thousand bites, so far from being consumed, do even work a change on them: a thing far greater and more marvelous than killing them, to alter their spirit, and to reform their mind; and this, being only twelve, while the whole world is filled with the wolves.

Originally posted on November 18, 2009

1 comment:

George Patsourakos said...

It is unlikely that wolves can become sheep. On the other hand, Christians can lead non-believers to the path to Christianity.

Christians can do this by instilling the teachings of Christ in these non-believers, and encouraging them to attend church services, in order to be rewarded with an inspiring and loving experience.