Monday, October 30, 2006

Religious Quotes

Christianity started out in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.
~Sam Pascoe, American scholar.

Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.
-- Francis of Assisi.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
-- Paul, Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)

Christianity is not a religion; it is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
~Anonymous posting to a Christian mailing list.

The world is equally shocked at hearing Christianity criticized and seeing it practiced.
~Elton Trueblood, (1900 - 1994), American author and theologian.

Many people think that the Bible is the authentic word of God and they worship the Bible, making it an idol...
-- Alan Watts, from "The Essence of Alan Watts series - GOD.

"Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity"
-- A widely cited, but spurious quotation attributed to Albert Einstein

"The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances."

"If you live the sacred and despise the ordinary, you are still bobbing in the ocean of delusion." ~Lin-Chi.

"Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I vow to cultivate compassion and learn ways to protect lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.” ~Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh.

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