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Christian Quotation of the Day

The one use of the Bible is to make us look at Jesus, that through Him we might know His Father and our Father, His God and our God. Till we thus know Him, let us hold the Bible dear as the moon of our darkness, by which we travel toward the east; not dear as the sun whence her light cometh, and towards which we haste, that, walking in the sun himself, we may no more need the mirror that reflected his absent brightness.

…George Macdonald (1824-1905), “The Higher Faith”, Unspoken Sermons [1867]

Christian Quotation of the Day

We all live on borrowed time which is why the late Beetle George Harrison said “Everything else can wait but the search for God cannot wait …”
The heart must be kept tender and pliable; otherwise agnosticism converts to skepticism. In such a case, the value of apologetics is voided, for apologetics is aimed at persuading doubters, not at refuting the defiant. He who demands a kind of proof that the nature of the case renders impossible, is determined that no possible evidence shall convince him.

…Edward John Carnell (1919-1967), The Case for Orthodox Theology, p. 84 [1959]

Christian Quotation of the Day

I can see no intellectual objection to the statement that God’s power is not limited by anything outside His own creative purpose: in that sense He is omnipotent, but it is even impossible for Him to exercise that power in certain ways without thereby ceasing to be our Father. In that sense God is not omnipotent: He is limited by His own nature, by His perfect goodness and mercy; for the omnipotence of God means nothing apart from His Fatherly love. In particular, this limitation of the power of God is to be found in the measure of freedom which, as His children, we enjoy. God shares His power with us so that, for a time at least, if we so determine, we can break His laws and frustrate His plans, but also so that we can give to Him, if we choose, the free allegiance of our hearts and minds, and become children at His Family Table, drawn together by the compulsion of His love, and not the exercise of His might.

…Donald O. Soper (1903-1998), Popular Fallacies [1938]

Christian Quotation of the Day

From Velvet Elvis, “The Christian Faith is not about paradoxes, it is paradoxes!”

Religion leaves a million questions unanswered and apparently unanswerable. Its purpose and object is not to make a man certain and cocksure about everything but to make him certain about those things of which he must be certain if he is to live a human life at all. Religion does not relieve us from the duty of thought; it makes it possible for a man to begin thinking. It does not put an end to research and enquiry, it gives a basis from which real research is made possible and fruitful of results; a basis without which thinking only means wandering round in circles, and getting nowhere in the end, and research means battering at a brass door that bruises our knuckles, and does not yield by the millionth part of an inch.

…G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Wicket Gate [1923]

Christian Quotation of the Day

One of Paul’s most important teachings… is the doctrine of what we call “justification by faith”.  It frequently appears to the non-Christian mind that this is an immoral or at least unmoral doctrine.  Paul appears to be saying that a man is justified before God, not by his goodness or badness, not by his good deeds or bad deeds, but by believing in a certain doctrine of Atonement.  Of course, when we come to examine the matter more closely, we can see that there is nothing unmoral in this teaching at all.  For if “faith” means using a God-given faculty to apprehend the unseen divine order, and means, moreover, involving oneself in that order by personal commitment, we can at once see how different that is from merely accepting a certain view of Christian redemption… That which man in every religion, every century, every country, was powerless to affect, God has achieved by the devastating humility of His action and suffering in Jesus Christ.  Now, accepting such an action as a fait accompli is only possible by this perceptive faculty of “faith”.  It requires not merely intellectual assent but a shifting of personal trust from the achievements of the self to the completely undeserved action of God.  To accept this teaching by mind and heart does, indeed, require a metanoia [“transformation”], a revolution in the outlook of both heart and mind.

… J. B. Phillips (1906-1982),
New Testament Christianity [1956]

Christian Quotation of the Day

Commemoration of Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525

There is a cowardice in this age which is not Christian.  We shrink from the consequences of truth.  We look round and cling dependently.  We ask what men will think; what others will say; whether they will not stare in astonishment.  Perhaps they will; but he who is calculating that, will accomplish nothing in this life.  The Father — the Father which is with us and in us — what does He think?  God’s work cannot be done without a spirit of independence.  A man has got some way in the Christian life when he has learned to say, humbly yet majestically, “I dare to be alone.”

… F. W. Robertson