Quotes on Christianity and Christians
Like St. Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel always. If necessary, use words."
And as another said:
"The living truth I long to see,
I cannot live on what used to be,
so close your Bible and show me how
the Christ you talk about is living now."
Remember too that, "To win some we need to be winsome."
Christianity does not think of man finally submitting to the power of God, it thinks of Him as finally surrendering to the love of God. It is not that man’s will is crushed, but that man’s heart is broken. - William Barclay
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried. Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
"He who begins by loving Christianity more than Truth will proceed by loving his sect or church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all." --Samuel Taylor Coleridge
How can we worship a homeless Man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?
"Christian: One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual need of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin." Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
"The Holy Book of the living God suffers more from its exponents today than from its opponents." Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
The Christian Houston Smith's primary Hindu Teacher observed: "Christianity is one blazing pathway of love. Nothing in religious history can rival this pathway of love."
"No wild beasts are so cruel as the Christians in their dealings with each other" -Ammianus Marcellinus (c. AD 330-95)
"I wish it (Christianity) were more productive of good works ... I mean real good works ... not holy day keeping, sermon-hearing ... or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments despised by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity." - Benjamin Franklin
"When Christianity came to be interpreted by the straightforward, dull, unspiritual legal mind of Rome, the Gospel went into a fearful eclipse. When the Greek thought of Christ gave way to the Latin, a night came upon the Christian world that has extended to the present day. Then were born all those half-views, distorted views, and false views of Christian doctrine and Christian life that have perverted the Gospel, puzzled the human intellect and grieved the human heart through all the long centuries from that day to this" -Rev. S. Crane, The Universalist Quarterly, January 1878
Why is it that those Christians who want to put Christ back into Christmas, who want to stick the Ten Commandments in schools and public buildings, who strongly support the death penalty, who are often armed like a small army, who usually support war efforts in far off countries “for our defense” here at home, who usually support a hefty military budget, who are usually against programs that help the most needy, who are the strongest defenders of a Hell of everlasting tortures for most of mankind — why is it that they look and behave more like the Pharisees of the Bible than the Jesus they claim to love and follow? Gary Amirault
“There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory. The invention of hell measured by our Christianity of today, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the deity nor his son is a Christian, nor qualified for that moderately high place. Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilled.” Mark Twain, (Samuel Langhorne Clemens), from "A War Prayer."