“It needed a God to die for the half-hearted and the corrupt”

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“Shall I tell you what I’ve done? – It’s your business to listen.”

The awful jumble of the gross, the trivial, and the grotesque shot up….He had an immense self-importance; he was unable to picture a world which he was only a typical part – a world of treachery, violence, and lust in which his shame was altogether insignificant. How often the priest had heard the same confession – Man was so limited he hadn’t even the ingenuity to invent a new vice: the animals knew as much. It was for this world that Christ had died; the more evil you saw and heard about you, the greater glory lay around that death. It was too easy to die for what was good or beautiful, for home or children or a civilization – it needed a God to die for the halfhearted and the corrupt.

The Power and the Glory
Graham Green