7 Quotes that Impacted My Faith

by Rachel Held Evans Read Distraction Free

Every now and then, you encounter a little string of sentences that so perfectly captures that amorphous idea that’s been gathering momentum in your head, you find yourself shouting back at the page.  My faith has changed a lot over the past five years, and here are seven reasons why:


“This historic Christian doctrine of the divinity of Christ does not simply mean that Jesus is like God. 
It is far more radical than that. It means that God is like Jesus.” - Elton Trueblood 
(photo by hour of the wolf)


“We do know that no man can be saved except through Christ; 
we do not know that only those who know Him can be saved through Him.” C.S. Lewis
(Photo by Meanest Indian)


“If sometimes our poor people have had to die of starvation, it is not because God didn’t care for them, but because you and I didn’t give, were not instruments of love in the hands of God, to give them that bread, to give them that clothing; because we did not recognize him, when once more Christ came in distressing disguise—in the hungry man, in the lonely man, in the homeless child, seeking for shelter.” – Mother Teresa


“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” – the Apostle Paul
(Photo by helgasms)


"In matters that are so obscure and far beyond our vision, we find in Holy Scripture passages which can be interpreted in very different ways without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such cases, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search of truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it.” 
St. Augustine, writing about the interpretation of Genesis
(Photo by Thomas Hawk)

“Belief is always a risk, a gamble—an adventure, if you will. The line between faith and doubt is the point of action. You don't need certainty to obey, just the willingness to risk being wrong.” 
my friend David Henderson (he wrote that on my Facebook wall!)

"Blessed are you who are poor, 
      for yours is the kingdom of God. 
 Blessed are you who hunger now, 
      for you will be satisfied. 
   Blessed are you who weep now, 
      for you will laugh. (Read on- Jesus

What quotes have impacted your faith?

(Also, which of these quotes include ideas you would like to disucss further here on the blog?)

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