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Author Topic:   Why must we believe *before* we die?
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Message 301 of 302 (251521)
10-13-2005 5:53 PM
Reply to: Message 300 by Legend
10-13-2005 4:53 PM

Re: ransom
that would suggest that God and/or Jesus is subordinate to the Devil.

I think the idea in general has something to do with balance. In Shakespeare's tragedies, the world of the tragedy is said to be out of joint, unbalanced, and in order to get the equilibrium back, somebody has to pay, and so the tragic machinery proceeds along its inexorable course. Same thing here. In order to get the world back into equilibrium, somebody must pay the debt by way of suffering.

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Message 302 of 302 (251545)
10-13-2005 6:43 PM

Well, the witching hour comes
and as the old crones stir the caldron and chant the encantation, we bid a fond farwell...

Round about the cauldron go.
In the poisoned entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thiry-one
Sweltered venom sleeping got
Boil thou first i' the charmèd pot.

Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and caldron bubble.

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