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Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

Karl Barth, the Swiss theologian, was another who saw clearly during the Nazi era. The world could not corrupt his faith. Asked years later by an American audience to summarize the gist of his enormous books on theology, the learned man charmed them by quoting from a Sunday school song: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” One man who was on the path of true simplicity was, according to the Talmud, a certain Rabbi Zusya. He once said, “In the coming world, they will not ask me: ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They will ask me, ‘Why were you not Zusya?’”

Reader’s Digest, March, 1980

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