"If there is anything true, then there must be truth."
"Whatever arguments are brought forward against the doctrines of the faith are conclusions incorrectly derived... and so there exists the possibility to answer them."
"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."
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Responding to the question, "If Christianity is true, why doesn't God perform more miracles, like maybe in the middle of an atheist meeting, or in public, so that more people will believe in him?"
"We find that God gives us plenty of evidence to believe, but not enough to force us to believe. In other words, the evidence is there for anyone who wants to check it out, but not enough to make it so obvious that God is virtually twisting arms. He wants those who want or desire to come to him."
G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936):
"Tolerance- is the virtue of a man without convictions."
"The incarnation of Christ makes nothing but dust and nonsense of 'comparative religion.' Nobody else except these messengers has any Gospel. Nobody else has any Good News, for the simple reason that nobody else has any news."
"It is not that Christianity has been tried and found wanting; it is that Christianity has been found difficult and left untried."
C.S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, 1898-1963:
"To be ignorant and simple now- not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground, would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy must be answered... The learned life then, is for some, a duty."
"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date."
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
D.L. Moody (1837-1899)
"Out of 100 men, 1 will read the Bible, but 99 will read the Christian."
"I never saw a useful Christian who was not a student of the Bible."
"The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible."
"Jesus Christ came to save not good people, not the upright and just, but sinners like you and me who have gone astray and sinned and come short of the glory of God."
“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.”
Theodore Roosevelt (26th U.S. President, 1858-1919):
"Far better it is to dare mighty things- to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure- than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
"The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teaching were removed."
"There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility."
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758):
"I go forth to preach with two propositions in mind. First- that every one ought to give their heart to Christ. Secondly- even if no one gives their heart to Christ, I will give Him mine."
"All truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses, whether in his world or his Word. While God wants to reach the heart with truth, he does not bypass the mind."
VANCE HAVNER (1901-1986):
"The person God uses, is Quiet enough to hear Him, Brave enough to proclaim Him, and honest enough to obey Him."
"Plenty of church members are shaky on what they believe, but not shaken by what they believe."
"We are the salt of the earth, mind you, not the sugar. Our ministry is to truly cleanse, not just to change the taste."
"The church is a hospital for sinners, not just a museum for saints."
AUGUSTINE (354- 430 A.D.):
"The heart is restless, 'till it rests in Thee."
"Jesus loved each one of us, as if there were only one of us."
"To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement."
"We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot."
“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.”
CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON (1843-1892):
"In the red sea of His own blood, Jesus drowned the 'Pharaoh' of our sins."
"Now, what is salvation? Some people think that it means being saved from going down to hell. That is the result of salvation; but salvation means being saved from the power of sin, and being saved from the tendency to sin, as well as being saved from the punishment of sin."
"Good men are none the less full of thought because they are men of faith: believing is not the death of thinking, it is the sanctification of it."
"Error is multiform; truth is one. A thousand lies will live together, and tolerate each other, especially at this time, when errorists are all crying out, “Cast in thy lot with us; let us all have one purse.”
MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1546):
"For feelings come and feelings go, and feelings are deceiving, my warrant is the word of God, 'Naught else is worth believing. Though all my heart should feel condemned For want of some sweet token, There is one greater than my heart, Whose word cannot be broken. I'll trust in God's unchanging Word, 'Till soul and body sever, For though all things shall pass away, His Word shall stand- forever."
BLAISE PASCAL (1623-1662):
"Not only do we know God by Jesus Christ alone, but we know ourselves only by Jesus Christ. We know life and death only through Jesus Christ. Apart from Jesus Christ, we do not know what is our life, nor our death, nor God, nor ourselves. Thus, without Scripture, which has Jesus alone for its object, we know nothing, and see only darkness and confusion in the nature of God, and in our own nature." (Pensees, 547).
"...THEREFORE, I reject all other religions. In that way I find an answer to all objections. It is right that a God so pure should only reveal Himself to those whose hearts are purified.
So I hold out my arms to my Redeemer, who, having been foretold for four thousand years, has come to suffer and die for me on earth, and the time and under all the circumstances foretold. By His grace, I await death in peace, in the hope of being eternally united with Him. Yet I live with joy, whether in the prosperity which it pleases Him to bestow on me, or in the adversity which He sends for my good, and which He has taught me to bear by His example" (Pensees 736).
Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
"Without religion morality falters. When morality falters the Pandora's box of corruption, crime and decay set in to be followed by the demise of the nation."
"I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man."
NOTE: My use of the term "McFarland's Lantern," is a reference to the heritage of my Scottish ancestors, the MacFarlane clan. Some of the family members were known as cattle thieves, who would often "lift" cattle by night. So proficient were these cattle- rustler ancestors of mine that around Loch Lomond, a full moon came to called "MacFarlane's Lantern." People learned to lock up the livestock when the moon was full, because some of the dishonest members of the MacFarlane clan might use the well-lit night as an opportunity for stealing. THIS page of quotations is called "McFarland's Lantern" as my attempt to give some spiritual light, and to redeem the infamous name for a nobler purpose.