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In the beginning was
01-16-2011, 10:15 PM,
Rainbow  In the beginning was
In the beginning was

Lecture, held by the Beinsa Douno on 8 November 1914, Sofia

“In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And the Word was God.”
John 1:1

This is the hardest nut to crack and the most philosophical question in Christianity. This verse has been disputed many times and interpreted in many different ways by philosophers, preachers, and believers. There were disputes about the Word in the Orthodox Church as well, and even fights for it, but the problem can not be solved by fighting. Literally, what should we understand by the words, “In the beginning was the Word”, what is this beginning? When contemporary philosophers want to discuss a certain philosophical question they make some assumptions; they take something like a principle and in this way they explain a certain thing. For example, a black preacher was explaining the creation of man in the following way: “God worked hard all day and made the man from dust, placed him on a rack and dried him for three more days.” Some of the listeners, however, asked him, “Then what holds up the rack?” “This is none of your business,” said the preacher. Contemporary philosophers as well as the preacher each have a rack on which they dry the Word and man, solve questions and say, “Man is made from dust and is dried on a rack.” If you ask them about the rack, they will say, “It is none of your business.” But because this rack is along the road on which we are going, we are stopping to circle around it. An evangelical preacher was talking about the prophet Jonah, and said, “The whale worked and strained a whole hour until he finally swallowed Jonah.” In the same way, we sit for hours in order to solve the question, but it is still an enigma to us.

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