E.S. Abernathy, Jr.: "where no explanation exists,
there can only be one answer: God and not just any God but their God." From
a review on Amazon of the book "20 Compelling Evidences That God Exists:
Discover Why Believing In God Makes So Much Sense" Review / order it Abernathy does not believe this; he is pointing out an error by the authors of the book.
David Anderson: "The God or Gods we worship are more a
part of us than we realize....Only by understanding how in our own minds we
have defined their nature can we begin to understand the underlying forces
that make us behave the way we do.."
"You can safely assume that you've created God in your own
image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."
Sometimes attributed to Anne Lamott or Fr. John Weston.
"How each of us understands the meaning of life
comes down to how we answer one ultimate question: Does God really
exist?" (Taken from a WCNY/PBS advertisement for a program "The
Question of God.)"
"No one doubted the existence of God until theologians starting
trying to prove his existence."
"God's hatred is one of his Holy attributes." A
statement from Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KA.
"I screamed at God for all the starving children, and then I
realized that all of the starving children were God screaming at me."
"Some say God is nowhere. Others say God is
now here. One space makes all the difference."
The/an anonymous author of the Gospel of John: "For God so loved the
world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16; KJV)
Paraphrase of John 3:16: "For God so hated humanity that he gave his
only begotten Son that whosoever does not believe in him will not perish
but have everlasting life being tortured for all eternity in Hell without hope of forgiveness."
Susan B. Anthony: "I distrust those who know so well what God wants
them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires."
Karen Armstrong: "Nirvana is something within you. It is not
an external reality. No god thunders down from the mountaintop. Just as the
great mystics in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faiths all discovered, God
is within the self. God is virtually inseparable from ourselves."
Louis Agassiz (famous 19th century scientist): "It is the
job of prophets and scientists alike to proclaim the glories of God."
David Anderson, "We pattern our thoughts and actions after
the God or Gods we worship. They are more a part of us than we realize. Only
by understanding how in our own minds we have defined their nature can we
begin to understand the underlying forces that make us behave the way we do."
Marcus Aurelius: "Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid."¬
"bertzel" posting on a Washington Post article: "I believe in God. I do not believe in religion for it is a tool created by man to control and rule over humanity."¬
Mikhail Bakunin: "A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him."
Cory Brooker: ""Don‚t speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people. Don't tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all His children. Don't preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I'm not as interested in what you have to tell or sell or preach or teach, as I am in how you choose to live and give."
Lenny Bruce: "Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.¬ Really." ¬ From The Essential Lenny Bruce, ed. John Cohen, 1967.
Ron Buford: "God is still speaking,"
A slogan adopted by the United Church of Christ. It was partly inspired
by a statement by Gracie Allen allegedly written to her husband George Burns: "Never
place a period where God has placed a comma." 1
President George W. Bush: "I don't see how you can be
president at least from my perspective, how you can be president, without a
relationship with the Lord," 2004-JAN-11 in an interview
with The Washington Times. 2
Joseph Campbell: "God is a
metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought."
Arthur C. Clarke: "It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him. "
"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the
most unpleasant character in all of fiction. Jealous and proud of it; a
petty, unjust unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty
ethnic-cleanser; a misogynistic homophobic racist, infanticidal, genocidal,
filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal ..." 3
"The trouble is that God in this sophisticated, physicist's sense
bears no resemblance to the God of the Bible or any other religion. If a
physicist says God is another name for Planck's constant, or God is a
superstring, we should take it as a picturesque metaphorical way of
saying that the nature of superstrings or the value of Planck's constant
is a profound mystery. It has obviously not the smallest connection with
a being capable of forgiving sins, a being who might listen to prayers,
who cares about whether or not the Sabbath begins at 5pm or 6pm, whether
you wear a veil or have a bit of arm showing; and no connection whatever
with a being capable of imposing a death penalty on His son to expiate
the sins of the world before and after he was born."
Peter De Vries (1910-1993): "It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us. from The Mackerel Plaza, ch. 1 (1958)"
Meister Eckhart: "Nothing in all creation is so like God as
Jonathan Edwards: "The smallest sin is an act of Cosmic Treason against a Holy God."
Bart Ehrman: "Sometimes Christian apologists say there are
only three options to who Jesus was: a liar, a lunatic or the Lord. But
there could be a fourth option -- legend."
"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable
superior spirit who reveals himself (or herself) in the slight details
we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds."
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and
knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
Epicurus (ca. 341-270 BCE): Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; Or he can, but does not want to; Or he cannot and does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. But, if God both can and wants to abolish evil, then how come evil is in the world?