christianity

A Quote by Henri Perrin on christ, christianity, cities, day, good, honesty, justice, kindness, laws, laziness, love, men, understanding, and words

A great many of those about me would be imprisoned under any law; in France, as here, they would be regular jailbirds. But I loved them better and better - and still I knew how little was my love for them compared to Christ's. It is easy enough f or a man to be honest and a "Good Christian" and keeper of "the moral law", when he has his own little room, his purse well filled - when he is well shod and well fed. It is far less easy for a man who has to live from day to day, roaming from city to c city, from factory to factory. It is far less easy for someone just out of jail, with nothing to wear but old down-at-the-heels shoes and a shirt in rags. All of a sudden, I understood our Lord's words: "I was in prison . . . and you visited me not." All these men, lazy, outside the law, starving: these failures of all kinds - they were dear to Christ - they were Christ, waiting in prison for someone to lean over Him - and if we were true Christians, we would do them every kindness.

Henri Perrin

Source: Priest-Workman in Germany

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A Quote by Henri Frédéric Amiel on beginning, belief, christianity, death, defeat, divinity, eternity, faith, fatherhood, glory, god, grief, happiness, imitation, joy, love, mystery, nature, pain, power, sacred, sacrifice, salvation, soul, suffering, tea

To curse grief is easier than to bless it, but to do so is to fall back into the point of view of the earthly, the carnal, the natural man. By what has Christianity subdued the world if not by the apotheosis of grief, by its marvelous transmutation of suffering into triumph, of the crown of thorn into the crown of glory, and of gibbet into a symbol of salvation? What does the apotheosis of the Cross mean, if not the death of death, the defeat of sin, the beatification of martyrdom, the raising to the skies of voluntary sacrifice, the defiance of pain? . . . Suffering was a curse from which man fled; now it becomes a purification of the soul, a sacred trial sent by God. Eternal Love, a divine dispensation meant to sanctify and ennoble us, an acceptable aid to faith, a strange imitation into happiness. Power of belief! All remains the same, and yet all is changed. A new certitude arises to deny the apparent and the tangible; it pierces through the mystery of things, it places an invisible Father behind visible nature, it shows us joy shining through tears, and makes of pain the beginning of joy.

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881)

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on age, atoms, blessings, christianity, courage, day, failure, faith, god, hope, men, nations, patience, and rudeness

It is going to be a long, hard haul; it will require patience, courage, faith that hangs on when hope fails, if we are to tame the rude barbarity of man, so that the atomic age becomes a blessing, not a curse. There never was such a day for the Christian gospel. God help us all in these years ahead to make that gospel live in men and nations!

Harry Fosdick (1878 - 1979)

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A Quote by Harry Emerson Fosdick, D.D. on change, christianity, and profit

Christians are supposed not merely to endure change, nor even to profit by it, but to cause it.

Harry Fosdick (1878 - 1979)

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A Quote by Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo on christianity, expectation, extremism, good, hunger, indifference, and order

One might have expected Christians to be less indifferent to the perils of casting the first stone. Here is a report from Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo, the official chronicler of the Indies under Holy Roman Emperor Charles V: "Upon arriving there, since what they found to eat was so meager, some of these Christians, seeing themselves in extreme hunger, killed an Indian they had captured, and roasted the entrails and ate them; and they put a good part of the Indian to stew in a large pot in order to bring along something to eat in the ship's boat in which those who did this were travelling."

Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo

Source: Historia general y natural de las Indias, islas y tierra firme del Mar Oceano, 1535

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on christianity, difficulty, and idealism

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on christianity, difficulty, failure, trouble, and world

The trouble with Christianity is, not that its failed, but that it's never been tried . . . not that it can't remake the world, but that it's difficult.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by George M. Verity on abuse, america, christianity, civilization, cooperation, democracy, effort, garden, liberty, peace, and world

I know that all things considered, the United States of America, with all of its abuses of democracy and of liberty itself, is still the garden spot of the world, where peace, cooperation and constructive effort can and should prevail always and the cause of a higher Christian civilization advanced.

George M. Verity

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A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on christ and christianity

If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on alcohol and christianity

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

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