Tuesday, August 31, 2010

He said it well

I want to leave you, this last day of the month, with a few quotes from an author I've enjoyed for many years because of his love and honesty.

"If Christ can—and he does—hold in utter loyalty the hearts of St. Francis and John Knox, of Calvin and St. Theresa, of General Booth and Pope John, of Billy Graham and Albert Schweitzer, who hold irreconcilably different beliefs about him, how can belief and uniformity of belief be vitally important? Further, where in the Gospels are we ever told that Christ demanded belief in some theological proposition before he would admit a seeker into discipleship?"



“We still make of prime importance matters about which Jesus said nothing. How can a matter be fundamental in a religion when the founder of the religion never mentioned it?"



"I would like to be able with authority to present the case for believing in God, but I would far rather be an authoritative argument for believing in God.

The saints are the best argument for Christianity. They have the highest authority in the world for they coerce us and yet our coercion is a willing one. They drive us along the way which in our best moments we want to go. When we read their lives, and even more when we touch their lives with our own in day-to-day living, we meet Christianity's unanswerable argument.

We know, with an authority nothing can resist or overcome, that Christianity changes lives and that if Jesus Christ were given a chance he would change the world."




"His death is a revelation of the nature of God, and a pledge that God will stand by me until I am made one with him.
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It was a revelation of God’s reaction to human sin. To be hurt and hindered by it, but to go on loving, and go on loving, and go on loving, without reprisal or answering violence until men see what sin is and what sin does, and turn with loathing from that which has so grievously hurt the greatest Lover of the human soul.
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It is not what God once was, or Christ once did, that can save us, but what Christ once did is the sacrament and visible pledge to us of what He is and does for ever.
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He committed himself to the task of recovering all humanity to God, however long it might take, however arduous the way, however unrewarding the toil."



"He [Jesus] revealed what God must be like and what man may be like, and he pledged himself to stand by his little brothers until they too achieved God’s age-long purpose on this minor planet; until all the sons of men realized their possibilities and became the sons of God."




2 comments:

  1. You made us hunt for the author...thanks to Google, I found out who you were quoting.

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  2. Sorry about that; forgot! It's Leslie Weatherhead, I've quoted him before -- get The Will of God, if you haven't already read it.

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