If your religion does not
better change your religion.
I am for
religion, against religions. -Victor Hugo
religious institutions have far too often become
handmaidens of the status quo,
while the genuine
religious experience is anything but that. True
religion is by nature
disruptive of what has been, giving
birth to the eternally new.
can no more be equated with what goes on in churches than
can be reduced to what happens in
schools or "health care" restricted to what
do to patients in clinics. The vast
majority of healing and learning goes on
and children and families and friends, far from the
of any school or hospital. The same is true
for religion. It is going on
around us all the time. Religion is larger and more pervasive than churches.
religions have the tendency to become ends
and, as it were, to put themselves in God's place,
in fact, there is
nothing that is so apt
to obscure God's
face as a religion. -Martin Buber
it exists, spreads over the whole of life. One cannot take
it up as one takes up golf--by giving it a couple of afternoons a
week. That kind of amateur religion is not religion.
Religion is either the whole of one's life, or else it is not
religion, no matter how much fuss is made over
it. -Gregory Vlastos
Religion is a bridge to the
spiritual--but the spiritual lies beyond religion.
Unfortunately, in seeking the spiritual we may become attached to
the bridge rather than crossing over it. -Prabhushri
Religion, in one way
or another, has always been with us. Religion will continue
to always be with us. What needs to be discarded and thrown
away is the ecclesiastical rubbish which binds us to religion
instead of God. -Shantidasa
Before you speak to
me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other
people; before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in
how you love all His children; before you preach to me of your
passion for your faith, teach me about it through your compassion
for your neighbors. In the end I'm not as interested in what
you have to tell or sell as in how you choose to live and
give. -Cory Booker
Many souls fail to
find God because they want a religion which will remake society
without remaking themselves. -Fulton J.
religious need of the human mind remains alive, never more so,
but it demands a teaching which can be understood.Slowly an
apprehension of the intimate, usable power of God is growing
among us, and a growing recognition of the only worth-while
application of that power—in the improvement of the world.
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Every major religion has
similar ideas of love, the same goal of benefiting through
spiritual practice, and the same effect of making its followers into
human beings. All religions teach moral precepts for perfecting
of the mind, body, and speech. All teach us not to lie or steal
or take others' lives,
and so on. The common goal of all moral precepts laid down by
teachers of humanity is unselfishness. Those teachers wanted to
followers away from the paths of negative deeds caused by ignorance
and to introduce them to paths of goodness. All religions can
one another; their ultimate goal is to produce better human beings who
will be more tolerant, more compassionate, and less selfish.
searcher should be a diver through the deeps of ancient wisdom,
seeking to bring up to the surface those concepts that can illuminate
Not all truth will be discovered in what is to come;
some must be recalled from what has been forgotten.
-David J. Wolfe
your religion is of the kind that can be
it can be easily lost. -Martha
you hold your religion lightly you are sure to let it
people ask the Dalai Lama, "Is Buddhism a religion?" he
"Yes, it is." Then they ask, "What kind of
religion is it?" He responds,
"My religion is kindness."
You might think, "Everyone's is."
Everyone's is. That's true. It's not complicated to
describe the goal
of a spiritual life. It's easier than you think to explain it.
It's more difficult than you can imagine to do it.
If we submit everything to reason, our religion
will have nothing in it
mysterious or supernatural. If we violate the principles of
religion will be absurd and ridiculous.
church must be reminded that it is not
the master or the
servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the
There is no religion without love,
and people may talk as much as they like
religion, but if it does not teach them to be
kind to person and beast, it is all a sham.
Being religious means asking passionately
the question of the meaning of our existence
willing to receive answers,
even if the answers hurt. -Paul Tillich
and religion, religion and science, put it
as I may, they
are two sides of the same glass,
through which we see
darkly until these two,
focusing together, reveal the
truth. -Pearl Buck
should be our steering wheel, not our spare tire.
I have gone back--well, I was about to say that
I had gone back to religion;
but that would not be accurate. I have gone forward to a
new concept of religion.
I no longer have the faintest interest in the differences in creeds
that divide the
churches. But I am tremendously interested in what religion does
for me, just as
I am interested in what electricity and good food and water do for
me. They help
me to lead a richer, fuller, happier life. But religion does far
more than that. It brings
me spiritual values. It gives me, as William James puts it,
"a new zest for life. . . more
life, a larger, richer, more satisfying life." It gives
me faith, hope, and courage.
It banishes tensions, anxieties, fears, and worries. It gives
purpose to my life--and
direction. It vastly improves my happiness. It gives me
abounding health. It helps
me to create for myself "an oasis of peace amidst the whirling
sands of life." -Dale Carnegie
would not say I believe. I know! I have had the
of being gripped
by something that is stronger
something that people call God.
You think religion is what's
inside a little building
filled with pretty lights
stained glass windows. But it's not. It's
wings! Wings! -Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Religion exists not to
answer all questions, or to clear up all mysteries;
that were its purpose, it could never be accomplished,
for life grows,
not less, but more mysterious as the
intellect enters more fully into its truth. . .
leaves a million questions unanswered and apparently
Its purpose and object is not to make people certain and cock-sure about everything,
but to make
them certain about those things of which they must be certain
are to live a human life at all. Religion does not
from the duty of thought; it makes possible
for a person to begin thinking.
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