The odd thought…

“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you…” St John concludes that sentence with the word “free” but the American writer and essayist Flannery O’Connor took a rather different approach: in her view, the truth shall make you “odd”. Both are true, I think.

Through the person of Jesus Christ, his life, death and resurrection, we come to know that we are free: free because we are forgiven; free because the power of death has been undone; free because, in a world which puts a price on our worth, God loves us without condition. The problem is that if you bring this news to others (and you should), then you will also appear to be odd.

The purpose of this blog is to share with those who might be vaguely interested, the odd thought that I have, as I try to get to grips with God’s Truth. Odd in that I’ll post them whenever they come to me and sometimes odd in the Flannery O’Connor sense of the word too!

In the end though, God’s Truth is one which the world desperately needs to hear and so we should tell it, even if it makes us a little odd.

Self-Protrait, Flannery OConnor
Letter dated 20 October 1955: “The enclosed should help you. I don’t want it back. I am the one on the left; the one on the right is the Muse.”


“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8.32


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