Thursday, May 01, 2008

because I am dying to tell you about it....

I am currently wrapping up reading "The Reason For God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism" by, Timothy Keller. First of all, it is amazing. It has been helping me to think and grow as a child of God. Secondly, it is a book I highly recommend for non-christians. It is so well laid out and easy to read, although this is a book I will have to read through again because there is so much to absorb!
Anyway, I will hold off writing a full on review until I finish, but I had to share these quotes:

"The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to died for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.”

" If you have a God great and transcendent enough to be mad at because he hasn't stopped evil and suffering in the world, then you have (at the same moment) a God great and transcendent enough to have good reasons for allowing it to continue that you can't know. Indeed, you can't have it both ways."

" ...an authoritative Bible is not the enemy of a personal relationship with God. It is the precondition for it."

If you get a chance I highly recommend going to the book site http://www.thereasonforgod.com/ to hear a few podcasts by Tim, and learn more about the book. So good!

2 comments:

dancebythelight said...

I'm so excited to read this book! I love that top quote! It's one that's needed, I think. So many Christians, it seems, think they need to go around feeling bad and sinful all the time. But the truth is, that's pretty self-centered. It's better to start thinking about how to serve others! Obviously, that doesn't mean we don't ever think introspectively about ourselves, that's what time with the Lord is for each day. But I don't think we're supposed "live" there.

Bethany said...

Sounds good. Thanks for recommending it. I am gonna have to check it out.