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Posts tagged God:

High hearts are never long without hearing some new call, some distant clarion of God, even in their dreams; and soon they are observed to break up the camp of ease, and start on some fresh march of faithful service

—James Martineau

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God plays an active role in history through us. …My view is that you and I are also human forms of the Divine. To say that we are the presence of God in this world is not a metaphor. We are the face of God in this world and God’s hands and God’s voice. God changes outcomes in this world only as we change them. This understanding of God is hard to accept, but not because it requires us to believe something miraculous about God, rather it requires us to believe something astounding about ourselves: we are the divine in human form.

—Rev. Galen Guengerich

The comprehensible slips away, is transformed; instead of possession one learns relationship, and there arises a namelessness that must begin once more in our relations with God if we are to be complete and without evasion. The experience of feeling him recedes behind an infinite delight in everything that can be felt; all attributes are taken away from God, who is no longer sayable, and fall back into creation, into love and death.

—Rainer Maria Rilke, letter to Ilse Jake

To say that one must live in uncertainty doesn’t begin to get at the tenuous, precarious nature of faith. The minute you begin to speak with certitude about God, he is gone. We praise people for having strong faith, but strength is only one part of that physical metaphor: one also needs flexibility.

—Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss (2013) p.72

When I hear people say that they have no religious impulse whatsoever, or when I hear believers, or would-be believers, express a sadness and frustration that they have never been absolutely overpowered by God… I always want to respond: Really? You have never felt overwhelmed by, and in some way inadequate to, an experience in your life, have never felt something in yourself staking a claim beyond your self, some wordless mystery straining through words to reach you? Never? Religion is not made of these moments; religion is the means of making these moments part of your life rather than merely radical intrusions so foreign and perhaps even fearsome that you can’t even acknowledge their existence afterward. Religion is what you do with these moments of over-mastery in your life, these rare times in which you are utterly innocent. It is a means of preserving and honoring something that, ultimately, transcends the elements of whatever specific religion you practice.

—Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss (2013) p.70

Why indeed must ‘God’ be a noun? Why not a verb - the most active and dynamic of all.

—Mary Daly

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The Universalists believe that God is too good to damn [humanity], while the Unitarians believe that [humanity] is too good to be damned by God.

—Thomas Starr King

Early on, I made the mistake of wanting spiritual feelings to endure and remain romantic. Like a new couple expecting to always feel in love, I operated my faith thinking God and I were going to walk around smelling flowers.

—Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

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When I say I believe in God, God is not God’s name. God is our name for that which cannot be named or known.

—Forrest Church

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God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.

—J.M. Barrie

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