metanoia organizations LO25101

From: Gerrit Visser (
Date: 07/24/00

Replying to LO25089 --

On that e-counseling site I further readl: "Many
people ask us about our name: Metanoia. Literally, it is a Greek word
meaning "change of mind". Yet the full meaning is somewhat more. In the
New Testament, the word metanoia is often translated as "repentance". But
this kind of repentance is not about regret or guilt or shame; it implies
turning around, to face a new direction. To turn toward the light. This
wonderful explanation was given to us by a friend: Imagine you are
standing in a circle of people. In the center of the circle, there is a
source of light. But rather than facing the center and the light, you are
standing with your back to the light, facing outward. When you stand this
way, facing away from the light, all you can see is your own shadow. You
cannot see the light. You cannot see the others in people who are standing
with you. You can see that the light is shining on everyone and that you
are all connected in its radiance. Making the decision to turn around, to
turn away from shadow, to face the light: this is metanoia. Our ministry
at Metanoia Communications is to enable the work of light-bearers, and to
help those in darkness turn to face the light".



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