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The King Who Isn’t Mentioned Part 2

August 28, 2011

A must buy!


Yesterday, I posted part one. Now, here is part two. I highly suggest buying this book!

“Our generation cannot escape the question of our Lord: What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world of externals—airplanes, electric lights, automobiles, and color television—and lose the internal—his own soul?”

“…evil carries the seed of its own destruction.”

“Power is the ability to fulfill purpose; action that defeats purpose is weakness.”

“Without…faith, man’s highest dreams will pass silently to the dust.”

“[To distill all of our frustrations into a core bitterness and resentment] poisons the soul and scars the personality, always harming the person who harbors this feeling more than anyone else.”

“To sink in the quicksands of fatalism is both intellectually and psychologically stifling. Because freedom is part of the essence of man, the fatalist, by denying freedom, becomes a puppet, not a person.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. Only in this way shall we live without the fatigue of bitterness and the drain of resentment.”

“True peace, a calm that exceeds all description and all explanation, is peace amid storm and tranquility amid disaster.”

“Our capacity to deal creatively with shattered dreams is ultimately determined by our faith in God.”

“…it is unfair and certainly unscientific to condemn a system before we know what that system teaches and why it is wrong.”

“Destructive means cannot bring constructive ends, because the means represent the-ideal-in-the-making and the-end-in-progress. Immoral means cannot bring moral ends, for the ends are preexistent in the means.”

“We must come to see that the Christian gospel is a two-way road. On the one side, it seeks to change the souls of men and thereby unite them with God; on the other, it seeks to change the environmental conditions of men so that the soul will have a chance after it is changed.”

“We must face the shameful fact that the church is the most segregated major institution in American society, and the most segregated hour of the week is…eleven o’clock on Sunday morning.”

“God intends that all of his children shall have the basic necessities for meaningful, healthful life. Surely it is unchristian and unethical for some to wallow in the soft beds of luxury while others sink in the quicksands of poverty.”

“The instruments that yesterday were worshiped today contain cosmic death, threatening to plunge all of us into the abyss of annihilation. Man is not able to save himself or the world. Unless he is guided by God’s spirit, his new-found scientific power will become a devastating Frankenstein monster that will bring to ashes his earthy life.”

“What appears at the moment to be evil may have a purpose that our finite minds are incapable of comprehending. So in spite of the presence of evil and the doubts that lurk in our minds, we shall wish not to surrender the conviction that our God is able.”

“At times we may feel that we do not need God, but on the day when the storms of disappointment rage, the winds of disaster blow, and the tidal waves of grief beat against our lives, if we do not have a deep and patient faith our emotional lives will be ripped to shreds. There is so much frustration in the world because we have relied on gods rather than God.”

“Only God is able. It is faith in him that we must rediscover. With this faith we can transform bleak and desolate valleys into sunlit paths of joy and bring new light into the dark caverns of pessimism.”

“Normal fear protects us; abnormal fear paralyzes us. Normal fear motivates us to improve our individual and collective welfare; abnormal fear constantly poisons and distorts our inner lives. Our problem is not to be rid of fear but rather to harness and master it.”

“Not arms but love, understanding, and organized goodwill can cast out fear. Only disarmament, based on good faith, will make mutual trust a living reality.”

“Hatred and bitterness can never cure the diseases of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzed life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”

“Religion endows us with the conviction that we are not alone in the vast, uncertain universe. Beneath and above that shifting sands of time, the uncertainties that darken our days, and the vicissitudes that cloud our nights is a wise and loving God.”

“The confidence that God is mindful of the individual is of tremendous value in dealing with the disease of fear, for it gives us a sense of worth, of belonging, and of at-homeness in the universe.”

“Man’s hankering after the demonic is always disturbed by his longing for the divine. As he seeks to adjust to the demands of time, he know that eternity is his ultimate habitat. When man comes to himself, he knows that evil is a foreign invader that must be driven from the native soils of his soul before he can achieve moral and spiritual dignity.”

“The idea that man expects God to do everything leads inevitably to a callous misuse of prayer. For if God does everything, man then asks him for anything, and God becomes little more than a ‘cosmic bellhop’ who is summoned for every trivial need. Or God is considered so omnipotent and man so powerless that prayer is a substitute for work and intelligence.”

“One cannot remove an evil habit by mere resolution nor by simply calling on God to do the job but only as he surrenders himself and becomes an instrument of God.”

‎”God is too courteous to break open the door, but when we open it in faith believing, a divine and human confrontation will transform our sin-ruined lives into radiant personalities.”

“The tragedy is not merely that you have such a multiplicity of denominations, but that many groups claim to possess absolute truth. Such narrow sectarianism destroys the unity of the Body of Christ. God is neither Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, nor Episcopalian. God transcends our denominations.”

“The end of life is not to be happy nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain but to do the will of God, come what may.”

“…you may ascend to the heights of academic achievement, so that you have all knowledge, and you may boast of your great institutions of learning and the boundless extent of your degrees; but, devoid of love, all of these mean absolutely nothing.”

“The agonizing moments through which I have passed during the last few years have also drawn me closer to God.”

“…I am not yet discouraged about the future. Granted that the easygoing optimism of yesterday is impossible. Granted that we face a world crisis that leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea. But every crisis has both its dangers and opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark, confused world the Kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.”

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