christianity

A Quote by Holy Elders of Optina on god, christianity, spirituality, enlightenment, trials, struggles, freedom, joy, and liberation

"At the beginning of the call to the spiritual life,the Lord visits a person with His grace and various consolations,but afterwards He withdraws them and casts him into the fire of diverse temptations and sorrows,so that our self-loving and glory-loving disposition would be commpletely reduced to ashes by the fire of temptation,and would not trust in itself and its works but in the mercy and love of God.Humility is a great blessing."

From Living without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Council from the  Elders of Optina http://www.skete.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1483

Elders Optina

Source: Living without Hypocrisy: Spiritual Council from the Elders of Optina http://www.skete.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1483

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by St. Philo of Alexandria on kindness, mercy, love, friendship, god, morality, freedom, compasssion, christianity, and truth

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.
by Saint Philo of Alexandria

Philo Alexandria

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints.

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by Huston Smith on christianity and god

...like a magnetic compass turning north, I always tried to head in the direction of the better, which is the direction to God. ...the directions that appeared to lead away from Christianity led me deeper into it.

Huston Smith

Source: Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

Contributed by: mattmoes

A Quote by G. K. Chesterton on new age, cults, truth, belief, spirituality, god, christianity, free thought, and critical thinking

Where people stop believing the truth, they do not start to believe in nothing, they start to believe in anything.

G. K. Chesterton

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by St. Nicolai Vilimirovich on mindfulness, death, enlightenment, christianity, love, freedom, humilty, purpose, god, and meditation

"Boast not of tomorrow, for you know not what any day may bring forth" (Proverbs 27:1).

Brethren, let us not boast of that which is not in our power. The Lord has placed the times and the years under His power and He disposes of them. Only God Himself alone knows whether tomorrow's day will number us among the living or the dead. Some have died on the eve of their marriage; again, others have descended into the grave on the eve of their coronation with a royal diadem. Therefore, let no one say that tomorrow will be for me the happiest day of my life; tomorrow, I enter into marriage! Or, tomorrow I will be crowned with a royal diadem! Or, tomorrow I am going to a great feast! Or, tomorrow a great gain is coming to me! O, let no one speak of the happiness of tomorrow's day. Behold, yet this night your soul may depart your body and tomorrow you will find yourself surrounded by black demons in the tollhouses [Mitarstvo]! And yet, even this night, a man can be separated from his relatives and friends, from wealth and honor, from the sun and the stars and find himself in a totally unknown company, in an unseen place and at an unexpected judgment.

Instead of boasting of tomorrow's day, it would be better to pray to God to "Give us this day our daily bread." Perhaps today's day may be our last day on earth. That is why it is better to spend this day in repentance for all our past days on earth rather than vainly fantasizing about tomorrow's day, about the day which perhaps will not dawn for us. Vain fantasizing about tomorrow's day cannot bring us any good, but repentance for one day with tears can save us from eternal fire.

O righteous Lord, burn up the insane vanity that is in us.

+To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.+

From Prologue of Ohrid by St. Nicolai Vilimirovich

Nicolai Vilimirovich

Source: Prologue of Ohrid

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by Saint Isaac on god, joy, hope, enlightenment, christianity, gifts, knowledge, truth, freedom, and despair

Beware of despair.  You do not serve a tyrant, but your service is to a kind Lord, Who, taking nothing from you, He has given you all.  And when you did not exist at all, He fashioned you so that you would be in that [ state ] in which you now are.  Who is sufficient to render Him thanks for the fact that He has brought us into existence?  O the immeasurable grace!  Who can sufficiently honor Him with hymns?  For He has given us knowledge of all things.  And not only those which are manifest, but also of the hidden things.  For we know that if there is anything we do not know, it is necessary for us only to ask this [ knowledge ] from Him.

Saint Isaac

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints

Contributed by: boznamedsoo

A Quote by Elder Ephraim of Philotheou on freedom, god, hope, trials, love, spirituality, christianity, enlightenment, and faith meditation

Do not fear, neither let your heart lose courage; our Christ invisibly helps you with a hidden hand; He tests you in order to give you His grace.  As much as the earth of the heart is cultivated, and as deep as the farmer pushes the plow, so much more will the field give fruit in its time.  Even so does the great Farmer, God, do with our souls.  He allows trials, afflictions, suffering and distress to come to us and enter deeply into the heart, and many times we find ourselves at an impass, not knowing how to manage this or that trial, and we suffer and feel great pain.  But for those who love God, He works together with them that these things turn out for the good.

Elder Ephraim

Source: www.stanthonysmonastery.org/index.php

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on afraid, dark, witches, christianity, and candles

I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung, and Christianity and candles have been introduced. 

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: "Solitude," Walden, 1854

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by Muhammad Asad on muslims, islam, muhammad, jesus christ, christianity, faith, actions, interfaith, and shaykh mustafa al-maraghi

...the Muslims of recent times had fallen very short indeed of the ideals of their faith, ...nothing could be more erroneous than to measure the potentialities of Muhammad's message by the yardstick of present-day Muslim life and thought - just as he [Shaykh Mustafa al-Maraghi] said, 'it would be erroneous to see in the Christians' unloving behavior toward one another a refutation of Christ's message of love...'

Muhammad Asad

Source: The Road to Mecca

Contributed by: mattmoes

A Quote by Diana L. Eck on love, faith, belief, christianity, christ, intellectual, heart, and language

Credo is the word with which the great creeds of early Chistendom begin.  “I believe. . .” we say.  The Latin credo means literally, “I give my heart.”  The word believe is a problematic one today in part because it has gradually changed its meaning from being the language of certainty so deep that I could give my heart to it, to the language of uncertainty so shallow that only the “credulous” would rely on it.  Faith, as we have seen, is not about propositions, but about commitment.  It does not mean that I intellectually subscribe to the following list of statements, but that I give my heart to this reality.  Believe, indeed, comes to us from the Old English belove, making clear that this too is meant to be heart language.  To say “I believe in Jesus Christ” is not to subscribe to an uncertain proposition.  It is a confession of commitment, of love.

Diana L. Eck

Source: Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras, Pages: 95-96

Contributed by: Priestess MJ

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