God is able to do more than man can understand.
THOMAS À KEMPIS, Imitation of Christ
It is your organized religions that have made it clear through their most sacred scriptures that cruelty and killing is an acceptable response to human frailty and human differences. This goes against every human instinct, but organized religion has reorganized human thoughts. Some humans have even been turned against their own instinct for survival. And so people go around maiming and killing each other, because they've been told quite directly that this is what God does to them--and what God wants them to do to each other.
NEALE DONALD WALSCH, The New Revelations: A Conversation with God
God is like a computer, the more software you put in, the greater the danger that extensions will conflict.
God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.
JOSEPH ROUX, Meditations of a Parish Priest
I've never understood how God could expect his creatures to pick the one true religion by faith it strikes me as a sloppy way to run a universe.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Stranger in a Strange Land
God has no religion.
HENRY WHITNEY BELLOWS, Re-statements of Christian Doctrine
If God exists, there's nobody else in God's class. God is unutterably "other." We can't use the words person or know or love--or even exist--about God in anything remotely like the way we are persons who know, love, and exist. This limitation of language gives rise to the problem of anthropomorphism, applying to God the meanings of words as they apply to us--the only beings of whom we have firsthand knowledge. This is trying to understand God as if God were patterned on us rather than the other way around.
WILLIAM J. O'MALLEY, God: The Oldest Question
Our God is a household God, as well as a heavenly one. He has an altar in every man's dwelling; let him look to it when they rend it lightly, and pour out its ashes.
JOHN RUSKIN, The Seven Lamps of Architecture
In reality, each thought we have carries with it a little spiritual power, a tug toward or away from God. No thought is purely neutral.
JOHN ORTBERG, God Is Closer Than You Think
Each person is entitled to some version of God that seems real, yet many versions contradict one another. The God of any religion is only a fragment of God. This has to be true, because a being who is unbounded has no image, no role to play, no location either inside or outside the cosmos, whereas religions offer many images--father, mother, lawgiver, judge, ruler of the universe.
DEEPAK CHOPRA, How to Know God
There is a very good saying that if triangles invented a god, they would make him three-sided.
CHARLES DE MONTESQUIEU, Lettres Persannes
If God were not a necessary being of himself, he might almost seem to be made for the use and benefit of men.
God's commandments are the iron door into himself. To keep them is to have it opened and his great heart of love revealed.
SAMUEL WILLOUGHBY DUFFIELD, Fragments
I have too much respect for the idea of God to hold Him responsible for such an absurd world.
GEORGES DUHAMEL, The Pasquier Chronicles
- Let nothing disturb thee,
- Let nothing affright thee;
- All passeth away:
- God only shall stay.
- Patience wins all:
- Who hath God, needeth nothing;
- For God is his All.
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA, Exclamations of the Soul to God
Isn't it time now for us to declare that the emperor is wearing no clothes? When are we going to admit that we believe in a God of extraordinary contradictions, who we say loves and who we say kills, who we say creates and who we say destroys, who we say accepts and who we say rejects, who we say rewards and who we say punishes, who we say brings us good and who we say visits evil upon us, who we say is the All in All and who we say is separate from everything, who we say is Everywhere Present and who we say is not in us and that we are not?
NEALE DONALD WALSCH, Tomorrow's God
God is a thought which makes crooked all that is straight.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Thus Spake Zarathustra
In affirming God to be supreme in all things, the classical theist describes him in a number of ways. He is perfect, loving, good, infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, eternal, timeless, transcendent, personal, immutable and immanent. But how can this be? Is it really possible to be both eternal and timeless? Immutable and immanent? Personal and at the same time transcendent?
All your Western theologies, the whole mythology of them, are based on the concept of God as a senile delinquent.
TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, The Night of the Iguana
Mistrusts sometimes come over one's mind of the justice of God. But let a real misery come again, and to whom do we fly? To whom do we instinctively and immediately look up?
God is like us to this extent, that whatever in us is good is like God.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts
As the innermost Essence of God is self-existence, so the cosmos (by which we mean everything not-God) is essentially dependent on God as its first and sole cause. The universe is no ens a se; it is entirely ab alio. This dependency is co-existent with the universe in all its phases. From the moment of its creation down to the hour of its consummation the universe is and remains essentially ens ab alio. It depends on God for its being and operation, and would sink back into nothingness without Him.
JOSEPH POHLE, God: The Author of Nature and the Supernatural
The soul of God is poured into the world through the thoughts of men.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, lecture, Nov. 18, 1862
God deceiveth thee not.
THOMAS À KEMPIS, Imitation of Christ
If God is the greatest possible being, a maximally perfect source of existence, then he is not just one more item in the inventory of reality. He is the hub of the wheel, the center and focus, the ultimate support, of all.
THOMAS V. MORRIS, Our Idea of God
Some would deny any legitimate use of the word God because it has been misused so much. Certainly it is the most burdened of all human words. Precisely for that reason it is the most imperishable and unavoidable. And how much weight has all erroneous talk about God's nature and works (although there never has been nor can be any such talk that is not erroneous) compared with the one truth that all men who have addressed God really meant him? For whoever pronounces the word God and really means Thou, addresses, no matter what his delusion, the true Thou of his life that cannot be restricted by any other and to whom he stands in a relationship that includes all others.
The existence of the world without God seems to me less absurd than the presence of a God, existing in all his perfection,creating an imperfect man in order to make him run the risk of Hell.
ARMAND SALACROU, quoted in Certitudes et Incertitudes
Don't you know there ain't no devil? There's only God when He's drunk.
TOM WAITS, "Heartattack and Vine"
How much reverence can you have for a Supreme Being who finds it necessary to include such phenomena as phlegm and tooth decay in his divine system of creation?
We shall never want to serve God in our real and secret hearts if He looms in our subconscious mind as an arbitrary Dictator or a Spoil-sport, or as one who takes advantage of His position to make us poor mortals feel guilty and afraid. We have not only to be impressed by the "size" and unlimited power of God, we have to be moved to genuine admiration, respect, and affection, if we are ever to worship Him.
J. B. PHILLIPS, Your God Is Too Small
I think that if there were a God, there would be less evil on this earth. I believe that if evil exists here below, then either it was willed by God or it was beyond His powers to prevent it. Now I cannot bring myself to fear a God who is either spiteful or weak. I defy Him without fear and care not a fig for his thunderbolts.
MARQUIS DE SADE, Justine or The Misfortunes of Virtue
The true God is not a form idealized; he/she/it is real and therefore, by definition, imperfect; only an abstraction can be free of flaws. And since God is imperfect, there will be suffering.... There is no perfect God. And your suffering requires no more explanation than that unavoidable imperfection.
ROBERT J. SAWYER, Calculating God
A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me.
PHILIP YANCEY, Where Is God When It Hurts?
If the consciousness of God is possible to all healthful souls, why are so many men and women without this consciousness? There are men and women, not a few, who do not want God. They would be very glad to have God if he were always on their side; glad to have God if he would always do what they want him to do. But a supreme will, a masterful will, a will to which they must conform, they do not want.
LYMAN ABBOTT, Seeking After God
If I were granted omnipotence, and millions of years to experiment in, I should not think Man much to boast of as the final result of all my efforts.
BERTRAND RUSSELL, Religion and Science
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