Quotes on Faith, Belief, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, Spiritual Gifts, Christ’s Church, the Godhead, Atonement, Resurrection, Meaning of Life, Inner Peace, & More

 

Quotes on Faith:

The Recovery of Belief:

mormon-bible-book“The central core of the Christian faith is either absolute truth or it is nonsense. Being absolute, the truths which it proclaims also claim to be eternal. If they were not absolute, if they were not eternal, they would not be worth believing. Scientific knowledge, on the other hand, is relative, relative to what at any given moment happens to have been found out about the natural world. A religion which is in constant process of revision to square with science’s ever-changing picture of the world might well be easier to believe, but it is hard to believe it would be worth believing” (C.E.M. Joad, Recovery of Belief, Faber and Faber: London, 1955, p.22).

Secularism & Moral Relativism: 

“Relativism involves the denial of the existence of absolute truths and, therefore, of an absolute Truthgiver, God. Relativism has sometimes been a small, satanic sea breeze, but now the winds of relativism have reached gale proportions. Over a period of several decades relativism has eroded ethics, public and personal, has worn down the will of many, has contributed to a slackening sense of duty, civic and personal. The old mountains of individual morality have been worn down. This erosion has left mankind in a sand-dune society, in a desert of disbelief where there are no landmarks, and no north, no east, no west, and no south! There is only the dust of despair (Neal Maxwell, Some Thoughts on the Gospel and Behavioral Sciences, Ensign Magazine, July, 1976).

The New Paganism

Peter Kreeft said, of the new paganism, that it is the religion of “man as the new God.”

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Quotes About the Bible: 

The Bible avoids all of the extremes and lopsided views of life and the world. Idealistic philosophy denies the existence of matter, holding that only mind is a reality. Materialism holds just the opposite extreme view. The Bible teaches the objective reality of both mind and matter, but points out the ephemeral character of the physical and the abiding character of the spiritual (2 Corinthians 4:18). The pantheist denies the transcendence of God and the deist denies His immanence. The Bible teaches both: [The light of Christ] is in all and God is over all (1 Corinthians 15:28; Romans 9:5). Secularism places all of the emphasis upon the present life; fanaticism ignores the present and concerns itself only with the life to come. Buddhism would suppress all human desire; Hedonism would do nothing but fulfill human desire. Manicheanism held that the human body is evil; Hinduism teaches caste; Confucianism ignores God and the future. The Bible, on the other hand, brings all of these extremes into sharp focus and presents a well-rounded, common-sense world view.  (Charles F. Baker, A Dispensational Theology, Grace Bible College Publications: Grand Rapids, MI, 1971, pp. 53-4).

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Quotes on Happiness 

“What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they . . . could . . . invent some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. . . .” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity).

Walter Truett Anderson created an illustration about three umpires that aptly describes the difference between modernism and postmodernism. The modernism umpire says, “I call ‘em as they are.” The postmodern umpire says, “They ain’t nothing till I call ‘em” (Walter Truett Anderson, Reality Isn’t What it Used to Be, Harper & Row, 1990, p. 75).

“Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of making, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way . . . Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. The only chance is to treat, not happiness, but some end external to it, as the purpose of life” (John Stuart Mill, Autobiography).

 

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Quotes About Jesus Christ

“Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer. Through His atoning sacrifice for each of us, He helps us overcome sin through repentance and baptism. Through His Resurrection, He makes it possible for everyone to overcome death and the grave. We have faith to follow Jesus and become more like Him” (Gary J. Coleman, Conference Report, May 2000).

Paul stated to the Romans: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV).

“He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New. Under the direction of His Father, He was the creator of the earth. . . . Though sinless, He was baptized to fulfill all righteousness. He ‘went about doing good’ (Act 10:38), yet was despised for it. His gospel was a message of peace and goodwill. He entreated all to follow His example. . . . He taught the truths of eternity, the reality of our premortal existence, the purpose of our life on earth, and the potential for the sons and daughters of God in the life to come” (“The Living Christ,” Ensign, April 2000, 2-3).

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Quotes on the Holy Ghost, Gifts of the Spirit, Revelation, Guidance, Divine Direction

“The Holy Ghost quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands, and purifies all the natural passions and affection; and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates, and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness, and charity. It develops beauty of person, form, and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation, and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being” (Parley P. Pratt, Key to the Science of Theology, 9th ed. [1965], 101).

“The Holy Ghost is a revelator. Every worthy soul is entitled to a revelation, and it comes through the Holy Ghost. He is a reminder and will bring to our remembrance the things which we have learned and which we need in the time thereof. He is an inspirer and will put words in our mouths, enlighten our understandings and direct our thoughts. He is a testifier and will bear record to us of the divinity of the Father and the Son and of their missions and of the program which they have given us. He is a teacher and will increase our knowledge. He is a companion and will walk with us, inspiring us along the way, guiding our footsteps, impeaching our weaknesses, strengthening our resolves, and revealing to us righteous aims and purposes” (Spencer W. Kimball, Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, [1982], 23).

“Whenever the Lord had a people on the earth that He acknowledged as such, that people were led by revelation” (Wilford Woodruff, Journal of Discourses, 24:240).

“Truth cannot be constructed. To live in ideology is . . . inevitably to live in a lie. Truth can only be revealed. We cannot be creators, only receptors” (James W. Sire, author).

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Quotes on the Meaning of Life

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat” (Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic,” 1910).

 

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Quotes on Finding Peace

“The peace of Christ does not come by seeking the superficial things of life, neither does it come except as it springs from the individual’s heart.” He continued to say that peace is “conditioned upon obedience to the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. … No man is at peace with himself or his God who is untrue to his better self, who transgresses the law of what is right either in dealing with himself by indulging in passion, in appetite, yielding to temptations against his accusing conscience, or in dealing with his fellowmen, being untrue to their trust. Peace does not come to the transgressor of law; peace comes by obedience to law, and it is that message which Jesus would have us proclaim among men.” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1938, p. 133.)

 

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Quotes About Angels and Devils

“From the beginning down through the dispensations, God has used angels as His emissaries in conveying love and concern for His children. . . . Usually such being are not seen. Sometimes they are. But seen or unseen they are always near. Sometimes their assignments are very grand and have significance for the whole world. Sometimes the messages are more private. Occasionally the angelic purpose is to warn. But most often it is to comfort, to provide some form of merciful attention, guidance in difficult times” (Jeffrey R. Holland, in Conference Report, Nov. 2008).

“I am a father, inadequate to be sure, but I cannot comprehend the burden it must have been for God in His heaven to witness the deep suffering and crucifixion of His Beloved Son in such a manner. His every impulse and instinct must have been to stop it, to send angels to intervene–but He did not intervene. He endured what He saw because it was the only way that a saving, vicarious payment could be made for the sins of all His other children from Adam and Eve to the end of the world” (Jeffrey R. Holland, in Conference Report, May 1999).

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