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Last edited at 11:15PM on 10/4/2013
Dear Boxman, Is that phrase, "man among men," from the second century epistle to Diognetus?
If so, it is one of the most honored of the early Christian texts, speaking of Christ coming as Yeshua ben Joseph, the son of a simple carpenter, to reflect the message of love into the world as an equal of humankind, without force; "as a man among men."
Translation from that epistle: "Was He sent, think you, as any man might suppose, to establish a sovereignty, to inspire fear and terror? Not so. But in gentleness [and] meekness has He sent Him, as a king might send his son who is a king. He sent Him, as sending God; He sent Him, as [a man] unto men; He sent Him, as Saviour, as using persuasion, not force: for force is no attribute of God."
It would be SO NICE if present-day Christians took this suggestion of non-coercion to heart...the Sufis have a saying which seems apropos here..."We teach by being what we are."