Good doubt

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

—René Descartes in Principles of Philosophy

A meaningless gospel

The gospel is too readily heard and taken for granted, as though it contained no unsettling news and no unwelcome threat.… It is a truth that has been flattened, trivialized, and rendered inane.

—Walter Brueggemann in Finally Comes the Prophet

Anxiety and faith are incompatible

The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.

—George Müller in Signs of the Times

World of new thrills

People get from books the idea that if you have married the right person you may expect to go on “being in love” for ever. As a result when they find they are not, they think this proves they have made a mistake and are entitled to a change—not realizing that, when they have changed, the glamour will presently go out of the new love just as it went out of the old one. In this department of life, as in every other, thrills come at the beginning and do not last.…

Let the thrill go—let it die away—go on through that period of death into the quieter interest and happiness that follow—and you will find you are living in a world of new thrills all the time.

C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

Good soldier

He that can apprehend and consider vice with all her baits and seeming pleasures, and yet abstain, and yet distinguish and prefer that which is truly better, he is the true warfaring Christian.

—John Milton in Areopagitica

Real reward

I once heard a story about a father who inquired of his son when he planned to purchase a much-needed automobile. “When God sends my one hundred fold,” the son replied. Then he ...

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