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'Why did he die? Because I make God into an idol to satisfy my hunger for life and blessedness. . . .
Because I desire fellowship with God so that he can be my servant. . . .
Because we all, theologians and laymen, churchmen and politicians, the converted and the fully converted, the saints and the criminals, want to rule -- and to rule so that God will listen to us. . . .
We pray to idols, the idols of power. That is why Jesus went to the cross. . . .
Now the religion of claims and demands, our vainglorious devotionalism and pious behavior, which we use to set ourselves up above God, comes to an end.'

-- Adolf Schlatter, Das Kreuz, pp.8f

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