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Faith of A Mustard Seed

by Barbara Woods-Washington
Barbara A. Woods Washington, M. Div.

Speaking of Religion…

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread..”  (Mahatma Gandhi)

“Anyone who thinks that sitting in a church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.” (G. Keilor)

“Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, masques, race, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have.”  (James  Baldwin)

“Those who make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” (Voltaire)

“If one who lives in a Christian culture goes up to God’s house, the house of the true God, with a true conception of God, with knowledge of God and prays— but prays in a false spirit; and one who lives in an idolatrous land prays with the total passion of the infinite, although his eyes rest on the image of an idol; where is there most truth?  The one prays in truth to God, although he worships an idol and the other prays in untruth to the true God and therefore really worships an idol.”  (S. Kierkegaard)

“The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” (Mark Twain)

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky.  I believe that what people call God is something in all of us.  I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right.  It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.” (John Lennon)

“From whence come wars, and fightings, and factions?  Whence but from the body and the lusts of the body?  For wars are occasioned by the love of money, and money has to be acquired for the sake and in the service of the body; and in consequence of all these things the time which ought to be given to philosophy is lost.” (Plato)

“Man desires to possess God; he desires a continuity in space and time of possession of God.  He is not content with the inexpressible confirmation of meaning, but wants to see this confirmation stretched out as something that can be continually taken up and handled, a continuum unbroken in space and time that insures his life at every point and every moment.  Man’s thirst for continuity is unsatisfied by the life-rhythm of pure relation, the interchange of actual being and of a potential being in which only our power to enter into relation, and hence the presentness (but not the primal Presence) decreases.  He longs for extension of time, for duration.  Thus God becomes an object of faith.  At first faith, set in time, completes the acts of relation; but gradually it replaces them.” (Martin Buber)

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds it’s rest in thee.” (Augustine of Hippo).

“For where a life is divided into different compartments there is bound to be some degree of rivalry among the various interests involved.  Each attempts to capture more of the self and, in so far as the self is a divided self, the more the self is taken by one interest the less is left for the others.  We have carried this so far in modern life that we live by the clock and divide ourselves into parts which we measure by hours, minutes, and even by seconds.” (S. Thompson)

“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.” (Confucius)

“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church.  For yuou and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.”  (Khalil Gibran)

“Do not wait for the last judgment.  It comes every day.” (Albert Camus)

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