Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Quotes Worth Pondering

“People tend naturally to assume that if God exists, then His purpose for human life is happiness in this life. God’s role is to provide a comfortable environment for His human pets. But on the Christian view, this is false. We are not God’s pets, and the goal of human life is not happiness per se, but the knowledge of God—which in the end will bring true and everlasting human fulfillment. Many evils occur in life which may be utterly pointless with respect to the goal of producing human happiness; but they may not be pointless with respect to producing a deeper knowledge of God.”

“It's no longer enough to teach our children Bible stories; they need doctrine and apologetics.”

"People do not drift toward Holiness.  Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord.  We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated."

"I would like to buy about three dollars worth of gospel, please.  Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted.  I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust.  I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture.  I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation.  I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people, but I myself don’t want to love those from different races—especially if they smell.  I would like enough gospel to make my family secure and my children well behaved, but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged.  I would like about three dollars worth of the gospel, please."

"Truth by definition excludes."

"What I believe in my heart must make sense in my mind."

"He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only."

G.K. Chesterton once noted that, “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing—they believe in anything.”

"One of the substitutes in Jesus’ day was a corrupted form of true religion. As we survey the American religious scene—including the Evangelical world—it is becoming increasingly obvious that the processes of corruption are well advanced. Evangelicalism is shaped far more than we dare imagine by the American Dream than the kingdom of God. In such a time as this, what better way to preserve our souls than to immerse ourselves in the gospels, reacquaint ourselves with the true Jesus, and expel all substitutes from our lives."

" ...' If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God, it will make in the end no difference what you have chosen instead. ' Those are hard words to take. Will it really make no difference whether it was women or patriotism, cocaine or art, whisky or a seat in the Cabinet, money or science? Well, surely no difference that matters. We shall have missed the end for which we are formed and rejected the only thing that satisfies. Does it matter to a man dying in a desert by which choice of route he missed the only well?"


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