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If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort nor truth- only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair. —
God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger- according to the way you react to it. —
It is a mistake to think that some of our impulses- say mother love or patriotism- are good, and others, like sex or the fighting instinct, are bad. All we mean is that the occasions on which the fighting instinct or the sexual desire need to be restrained are rather more frequent than those for restraining mother love or patriotism.
Strictly speaking, there are no such things as good and bad impulses. Think once again about a piano. It has not got two kinds of notes on it, the ‘right’ notes and the ‘wrong’ ones. Every single note is right at one time and wrong at another. The Moral Law is not any one instinct or set of instincts: it is something which makes a kind of tune (the tune we call goodness or right conduct) by directing the instincts. —
This quote is a breath of fresh air. Everything, all of Creation, was created good. Only when it is not used in a way that sings of the cadence of God’s heart - then, it is “bad”.
I started this book yesterday. Don’t be surprised if (for a while at least) all you read on this blog are quotes taken from it.
The cross is a sign of the fact that religion can’t do a thing about the world’s problems. — Robert Capon
Christians…should expect to find nonbelievers who are much nicer, kinder, wiser, and better than they are. Why? Christian believers are not accepted by God because of their moral performance, wisdom, or virtue, but because of Christ’s work on their behalf. Most religions and philosophies of life assume that one’s spiritual status depends on your religious attainments. This naturally leads adherents to feel superior to those who don’t believe and behave as they do. The Christian gospel, in any case, should not have that effect.
— Tim Keller
“The Reason for God”
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