Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
C. S. Lewis
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
C. S. Lewis
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.
H. L. Mencken
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Edgar Allan Poe
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
God is a metaphor for that which transcends all levels of intellectual thought. It's as simple as that.
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
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.
I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Eskimo: "If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?" Priest: "No, not if you did not know." Eskimo: "Then why did you tell me?"
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
Henry David Thoreau
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.
Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known.
Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God.
If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.
George Bernard Shaw
The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.
God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.
H. L. Mencken
God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight.
It's wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.
Born again?! No, I'm not. Excuse me for getting it right the first time.
I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
Henry Ward Beecher
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