"the Archbishop: People need something more than the extended opening hours, the glitz and the ljusslingor"
"This is an opinion piece. It is the writer who stands for the views that are put forward in the text, not Against."
"the DEBATE. Christmas is the big födelsedagspartyt for the son of God. ”It feels strange to celebrate someone else's children so lavishly – especially when one has no further confidence in the father”, said an atheist the other day. And continued to reason: Clear that many atheists think it is fine with the christmas season. It works fine as well, even without Jesus. A little enchantment is there anything left, even for the most refined. But something more than extended opening hours, the glitz and the ljusslingor is perhaps welcome? The christians in the glad tidings is, after all, more festive than kringverket. "
"Even the atheist can crave more, she says. For example, after getting to walk into one of those houses that often have a tower with a cross on, and to be assured that there is still a surplus of goodness. "
"on those who live in the land of dark night the rays of the light (Isaiah 9:2). That there are grounds for hope. And that mod is worthwhile. "
"When the atheist (who is a journalist) two years ago on the job's behalf visited the julnattsmässan something happened. She had a feeling that the original still outshines the copy. There was something special with julglädjen. "
"the People sang about an event that is beyond the tangible. But in that moment it felt almost begripbart, " she says. She felt a confidence and a trust that is genuine. The joy infected. ”I imagine it lights up a light in people's hearts there in the fair. A light, which they then take home with them, and it continues to burn.”"
"”It was like a soft brush, rubbed against my hard shell – until my soft core. And when it happened it felt like peace, like love. Like christmas really. Not only was I interested, I was inspired,” she says."
"When normal life had returned, there were still traces of the perceived joy left. And a small missing. Perhaps even a little envy: keep in mind that there are those who always get to be in this! What I may lack is the joy that christians associate with christmas and the holy night. The joy is not a result of kringverket, although I like it strong, but as the bottoms of the to have experienced the birth of God's son."
"according to The glad tidings became more festive than christmas without Jesus. "
"When julglädjen released is the sovereign: the strongest birth during the superenkla conditions will be a birthday celebration for all. ”And over the city and country in the evening goes christmas and happy bid that born is the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and God.”"
"At christmas is love in high regard. Even people who normally can't so well with each other trying to share for christmas. Congregations, associations, and families, opens its doors for those who are lacking community. "
"Christmas is not just about what happened in Bethlehem 2000 years ago: the promise of rescue that became concrete in an infant, with a look that is irresistible to even the most satanic. Christmas is also about the here and now. And it is about our and the world's future."
"' do not be afraid”, greets the angel in the christmas night. Despite the fact that fear forces accomplishes so much that is destroying people and nature. It really belongs together is torn apart. It would need to interact pitted against each other. Vested interests undermine the common good. The truth is loose. Human rights are being violated. "
"There is something defiantly with christmas also. Christmas goes against the fear, how justified it is. We can bet on the mod instead. A bishop on the 400-century, commented on the christmas season something like this: God sees how the world is ruined by our fear; immediately cries out to God back world, sustains it with love, and embrace it with compassion."
"Christmas speaks of God's own resistance to the fear-destructive power. It is not something urgent in there? Something that says: be proud that you are a human being. Be the person you are. Shrink you are not. Take care of your själshunger and your livstörst. Breathe together with the earth. Merry christmas!"
"nAntje Jackelén, archbishop of the Swedish church."
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