has become an impersonal affair, an institutional loyalty.
survives on the level of activities rather than
in the stillness of
The only struggle which religions can
justify, the only struggle worthy of humans,
is the moral
struggle against humanity's own disordered passions,
every kind of selfishness, against attempts to oppress
against every type of hatred and violence.
-Pope John Paul II
and kindness are the basis of my religious beliefs.
rituals and outward signs are not as important as
actions and deeds. Religion should be a path to God,
something to fight about. -Bernie Siegel
This is what I found
out about religion: it gives you courage
to make the
decisions you must make in a crisis and the confidence
leave the results to a higher Power. Only by trust in God
can a person carrying responsibility find repose.
|No person has a right to lead such a life of contemplation as
in one's own ease the service due one's neighbor;
nor has any person
a right to be so immersed in active life
as to neglect the contemplation of God.
|I would rather live in a world where
my life is surrounded by mystery
than live in a world so
small that my mind could comprehend it.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick
|I also see the world of religion.
I see some
of my brothers and sisters trying to
religious without being fully human.
They seem a little
rigid and narrow at
times, wanting to be holy, but not
They seem to be winning a place in heaven, without
realizing or enjoying the beauty
of earth. They keep the
but their observances look so joyless.
Such a world seems small
and the air in that world is
stale. -John Powell, S.J.
in God as I believe in my friends, because I feel the
breath of His affections,
feel His invisible hand,
drawing me, leading me, grasping me; because I possess
inner consciousness of a particular Providence and of a
that marks out for me the course of my own
destiny. -Miguel de Unamuno
|During the past thirty
years, people from all civilized countries on the earth
have consulted me. Among all my patients in the second
half of life--
that is to say, over thirty-five--there has
not been one whose problem
in the last resort was not
that of finding a religious outlook on life.
It is safe
to say that every one of them fell ill because he or she had
lost that which
the living religions of every age have
given to their followers, and none of them
really healed who did not regain his or her religious outlook.
|Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever
things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever
things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if
there be any praise, think on these things.
will wrangle for religion, write for it,
fight for it,
die for it; anything but live for it.
-Charles Caleb Colton
|Religion exists not to
answer all questions, or to clear up all mysteries;
that were its purpose, it could never be accomplished,
for life grows,
not less, but more mysterious as the
intellect enters more fully into its truth. . .
leaves a million questions unanswered and apparently
Its purpose and object is not to make people certain and cock-sure about everything,
but to make
them certain about those things of which they must be certain
are to live a human life at all. Religion does not
from the duty of thought; it makes possible
for a person to begin thinking.
|God is alive in
flowers and snowflakes, in sunsets and rainbows,
flash of lightning and the crash of thunder, in the calm
in the eye of the hurricane. Wherever there is life there
God is not far off on a throne in the sky;
He is alive today
in all men who walk the earth. He is
the life that surrounds
and penetrates us here and now. God is alive in people. . . .
God is not a static image; He lives in
everything and everyone.
He is in the flight of an eagle
and in the writing of a sonnet.
He is everywhere. He is
in the farthest star and the newborn baby.
survive the denial of men and the blast of nuclear
Let us affirm the invincibility of God--for
God is life eternal. -Wilferd
essential thing to know about God is that God is Good. All the rest is secondary.
|True religion is the life
we live, not the creed we profess.
heart of Religion is not an opinion about God,
such as philosophy
might reach as the conclusion
of an argument; it is a personal relationship with God.
|We have been looking
for the burning bush, the parting of the sea,
bellowing voice from heaven. Instead we should be looking
at the ordinary day-by day events in our lives for
evidence of the miraculous. -M.
is never devoid of emotion, any more than love is.
not a defect of religion, but rather its glory,
speaks always the language of feeling. -Elton Trueblood
church must be reminded that it is not
the master or the
servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the
There is no religion without love,
and people may talk as much as they like
religion, but if it does not teach them to be
kind to person and beast, it is all a sham.
Being religious means asking passionately
the question of the meaning of our existence
willing to receive answers,
even if the answers hurt. -Paul Tillich
and religion, religion and science, put it
as I may, they
are two sides of the same glass,
through which we see
darkly until these two,
focusing together, reveal the
truth. -Pearl Buck
should be our steering wheel, not our spare tire.
I have gone back--well, I was about to say that
I had gone back to religion;
but that would not be accurate. I have gone forward to a
new concept of religion.
I no longer have the faintest interest in the differences in creeds
that divide the
churches. But I am tremendously interested in what religion does
for me, just as
I am interested in what electricity and good food and water do for
me. They help
me to lead a richer, fuller, happier life. But religion does far
more than that. It brings
me spiritual values. It gives me, as William James puts it,
"a new zest for life. . . more
life, a larger, richer, more satisfying life." It gives
me faith, hope, and courage.
It banishes tensions, anxieties, fears, and worries. It gives
purpose to my life--and
direction. It vastly improves my happiness. It gives me
abounding health. It helps
me to create for myself "an oasis of peace amidst the whirling
sands of life." -Dale Carnegie
more like a response to a friend
than it is like obedience to an expert.
would not say I believe. I know! I have had the
of being gripped
by something that is stronger
something that people call God.
You think religion is what's
inside a little building
filled with pretty lights
stained glass windows. But it's not. It's
wings! Wings! -Dorothy Canfield Fisher
I think many of the
troubles we run into are due to our treating the sacred
as something abstract. This attitude is part of
what allows us to do great harm
to nature and ourselves.
If our religion is completely ethereal, we may
to the consequences of, for example, building
a chemical plant that could be toxic
to children in the
community. Not only that, but restricting religion
to a high-in-the-sky
place tends to make people polemical
about their own moral positions--to the degree
can justify harming others who disagree with them. We've
phenomenon take place in country after country.
I think we would be able to live
in this world more
peaceably if our spirituality were to come from looking
into infinity but very closely at the world
around us--and appreciating its depth and divinity.
The enduring value of
religion is in its challenge
to aspiration and hope in
the mind of people. -Ernest Martin Hopkins
faith is not a
cellar to which men
refuge from the
of life. It is, instead,
inner spiritual strength
enables them to face
to lift ordinary
in seasons of stress. -Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
can no more be equated with what goes on in churches than
can be reduced to what happens in
schools or "health care" restricted to what
do to patients in clinics. The vast
majority of healing and learning goes on
and children and families and friends, far from the
of any school or hospital. The same is true
for religion. It is going on
around us all the time. Religion is larger and more pervasive than churches.
religions have the tendency to become ends
and, as it were, to put themselves in God's place,
in fact, there is
nothing that is so apt
to obscure God's
face as a religion. -Martin Buber
religious institutions have far too often become
handmaidens of the status quo,
while the genuine
religious experience is anything but that. True
religion is by nature
disruptive of what has been, giving
birth to the eternally new. -Marianne
I am for
religion, against religions. -Victor Hugo
If your religion does not change you,
you had better change your religion.
should go out of church whenever I hear a false sentiment
I could never stay there five minutes. But why come
The street is as false as the church.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
is to be used as a stepping stone
to God but it must never be used as a tower
to hold one aloft from others. We are all cells
in the body of humanity. When anyone
attempts to isolate another, they
only isolate themselves more.
your religion is of the kind that can be
it can be easily lost. -Martha
you hold your religion lightly you are sure to let it
people ask the Dalai Lama, "Is Buddhism a religion?" he
"Yes, it is." Then they ask, "What kind of
religion is it?" He responds,
"My religion is kindness."
You might think, "Everyone's is."
Everyone's is. That's true. It's not complicated to
describe the goal
of a spiritual life. It's easier than you think to explain it.
It's more difficult than you can imagine to do it.
If we submit everything to reason, our religion
will have nothing in it
mysterious or supernatural. If we violate the principles of
religion will be absurd and ridiculous.
religious need of the human mind remains alive, never more so,
but it demands a teaching which can be understood.
apprehension of the intimate, usable power of God is growing
among us, and a growing recognition of the only worth-while
application of that power—in the improvement of the world.
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Every major religion has
similar ideas of love, the same goal of benefiting through
spiritual practice, and the same effect of making its followers into
human beings. All religions teach moral precepts for perfecting
of the mind, body, and speech. All teach us not to lie or steal
or take others' lives,
and so on. The common goal of all moral precepts laid down by
teachers of humanity is unselfishness. Those teachers wanted to
followers away from the paths of negative deeds caused by ignorance
and to introduce them to paths of goodness. All religions can
one another; their ultimate goal is to produce better human beings who
will be more tolerant, more compassionate, and less selfish.
searcher should be a diver through the deeps of ancient wisdom,
seeking to bring up to the surface those concepts that can illuminate
Not all truth will be discovered in what is to come;
some must be recalled from what has been forgotten.
-David J. Wolfe
Many people conceive of
religion as something apart from
everyday affairs of the world. They think of it in terms of
ceremony or ritual or sermons and often it strikes them as
being dull or not particularly interesting. Religion may be
described in many ways. I like to think of it as a
a healing medicine for the mind. -Norman Vincent Peale
are many religions seeking to bring comfort and happiness to humanity,
just as there are many treatments for a particular disease. All
endeavor to help living beings avoid misery and find happiness.
may prefer one religious perspective to another, there is a much
case for unity, stemming from common desires of the human heart.
Each religion works to lessen suffering and contribute to the world;
conversion is not the point. I do not think about converting
others to Buddhism
or merely furthering the Buddhist cause. Instead, I try to think
of how I
as a Buddhist can contribute to the happiness of all living beings.
religious person is one who holds God and people in
one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm
done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion,
whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.
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