Frases de William Barclay

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William Barclay

Data de nascimento: 5. Dezembro 1907
Data de falecimento: 24. Janeiro 1978

William Barclay foi um escritor, apresentador de rádio e televisão, pastor da Igreja da Escócia e professor de divindade e crítica bíblica na Universidade de Glasgow. Era um universalista, e não acreditava em milagres.

Como professor, ele decidiu dedicar sua vida a "tornar disponível o melhor curso bíblico para o leitor médio". O resultado foi a Daily Study Bible, um conjunto de 17 comentários ao Novo Testamento, publicado pela Saint Andrew Press, a editora da Igreja da Escócia. Apesar do nome da série, os comentários não formavam um programa de estudo regular. Em vez disso, percorriam versículo por versículo da tradução do próprio Barcley do Novo Testamento, listando e examinando cada interpretação possível conhecida a ele e fornecendo toda informação complementar que ele considerou possivelmente relevante, tudo em linguagem acessível. Os comentários foram totalmente atualizados recentemente com a ajuda do filho de Barclay, Ronnie Barclay, e são agora chamados de New Daily Study Bible.

Apesar desse tipo de abordagem não agradar a todos, uniformemente, os 17 volumes foram best-sellers instantâneos e ainda o são hoje. Uma série complementar que dá um tratamento similar ao Velho Testamento foi endossada mas não escrita por Barclay.

Barclay escreveu muitos outros livros populares, sempe se fiando na erudição acadêmica mas escritos em um estilo acessível. Na sua obra, The Mind of Jesus ele escreve que sua intenção era "tornar a figura de Jesus mais viva, para que nós possamos conhecê-lo melhor e amá-lo mais".

Citações William Barclay


„No tempo que temos, é certamente nosso dever fazer todo o bem que pudermos, para todas as pessoas que pudermos, e de todos os modos que pudermos.“

„Jesus promised his disciples three things—that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.“ The Gospel of Luke


„There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.“

„Prayer will never do our work for us; what it will do is to strengthen us for work which must be done.“

„But in one thing I would go beyond strict orthodoxy - I am a convinced universalist. I believe that in the end all men will be gathered into the love of God.“

„Even if we are separated from people, and even if there is no other gift which we can give to them, we can surround them with the strength and the defence of our prayers.“ The Letter to the Romans

„For Paul, the centre of the Christian faith was that we can never earn or deserve the favour of God, nor do we need to. The whole matter is one of grace, and all that we can do is to accept in wondering love and gratitude and trust what God has done for us.“ The Letter to the Romans

„The glory of God is not that of a despotic tyrant, but the splendour of love before which we fall not in abject terror but lost in wonder, love and praise.“ The Gospel of John, Volume One: 1


„Loyalty to Christ may produce a cross on earth, but it brings a crown in eternity.“ The Gospel of John, Volume One: 1

„The people who get the best out of others are those who insist on seeing them at their best.“ The Letter to the Romans

„Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10“

„Agape, the Christian word, means unconquerable benevolence. It means that, no matter what people may do to us by way of insult or injury or humiliation, we will never seek anything else but their highest good. It“ The Letters to the Galantians and Ephesians


„It is characteristic of modern outlook that we want quick results.“ The Parables of Jesus

„If the word was with God before time began, if God’s word is part of the eternal scheme of things, it means that God. Sometimes we tend to think of God as stern and avenging; and we tend to think that something Jesus did changed God’s anger into love and altered his attitude to human beings. The New Testament knows nothing of that idea. The whole New Testament tells us, this passage of John especially, that God has always been like Jesus. What Jesus did was to open a window in time that we might see the eternal and unchanging love of God.

We may well ask, ‘What then about some of the things that we read in the Old Testament? What about the passages which speak about commandments of God to wipe out whole cities and to destroy men, women and children? What of the anger and the destructiveness and the jealousy of God that we sometimes read of in the older parts of Scripture?’ The answer is this – it is not God who has changed; it is our knowledge of him that has changed. These things were written because people did not know any better; that was the stage which their knowledge of God had reached.

When children are learning any subject, they have to learn it stage by stage. They do not begin with full knowledge; they begin with what they can grasp and go on to more and more. When we begin music appreciation, we do not start with a Bach Prelude and Fugue; we start with something much more simple, and progress through stage after stage as our knowledge grows. It was that way with human beings and God. They could only grasp and understand God’s nature and his ways in part. It was only when Jesus came that they saw fully and completely what God hasbeen like.“
The Gospel of John: Volume 1

„Whenever religion becomes a depressing affair of burdens and prohibitions, it ceases to be true religion.“ The Gospel of Matthew: Vol. 2, Chapters 11-28

„Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but God, and who hate nothing but sin, and who know nothing but Jesus Christ and him crucified, and I will shake the world.“ The Letters to the Galantians and Ephesians

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