“And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human
history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—
the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God
which will make him happy.”
(a lone pigeon surveys the surf / Rosemary Beach, FL / Julie Cook / 2017)
”Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind.
In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking.
It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen,
for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way,
this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought.
But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true?
It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself
will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own thinking,
of course I can’t trust the arguments leading to Atheism,
and therefore have no reason to be an Atheist, or anything else.
Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought:
so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God.”
In determining relationships we must begin somewhere.
There must be somewhere a fixed center against which everything else is measured,
where the law of relativity does not enter and we can say “IS” and make no allowances.
Such a center is God. When God would make His Name known to mankind He could find
no better word than “I AM.”
When He speaks in the first person He says,
“I AM”; when we speak of Him we say, “He is”;
when we speak to Him we say, “Thou art.”
Everyone and everything else measures from that fixed point.
“I am that I am,” says God,
“I change not.”
As the sailor locates his position on the sea by “shooting” the sun,
so we may get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God.
We are right when and only when we stand in a right position relative to God,
and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position.
A. W. Towzer
I believe that what God said to Solomon applies today: “…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
It is not easy because we all interpret differently so we must truly listen to our Lord.
totally agreed Lynda—pray, seek, repent!
Two of my favorite Christian authors
Mine as well ☺️
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Thank you little glow worm!!!
You’re very welcome Cookie 😚
Wow! What is the actual source for those three quotes? I’d like to read more and have several of their books.
Hey Don—I’m glad you liked the quotes, I did as well, obviously… 🙂
The first Lewis quote is from Mere Christianity. The second and longer quote is from The Case For Christianity– p 32.
The Tozer quote is from The Pursuit of God
I have an electronic version of The Pursuit of God and a study guide. Somewhere, I think I have both C.S. Lewis books also.
Some of my favorite authors! Thank you. And a fantastic photo, Julie! You are extremely talented. ❤
thank you Lynn for such a kind compliment—I’m just lucky to be in the right place at the right time with my camera… 🙂