If we once get above our Bibles and cease making the written Word of God our sole rule both as to faith and practice, we shall soon lie open to all manner of delusion and be in great danger of making shipwreck of faith and a good conscience.— George Whitefield
Killer God Delusion quotations
To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust him in the dark, that is faith.
From the beginning of my Reformation I have asked God to send me neither dreams, nor visions, nor angels, but to give me the right understanding of His Word, the Holy Scriptures; for as long as I have God's Word, I know that I am walking in His way and that I shall not fall into any error or delusion.
Such delusions of grandeur to think that a God with a hundred billion galaxies on his mind would give a tuppenny damn who you sleep with, or indeed whether you believe in him.
Don't ask God to guide your footsteps if you're not willing to move your feet.
A person isn't considered insane if there are a number of people who believe the same way. Insanity isn't supposed to be a communicable disease. If one other person starts to believe him, or maybe two or three, then it's a religion.
Let children learn about different faiths, let them notice their incompatibility, and let them draw their own conclusions about the consequences of that incompatibility. As for whether they are ‘valid,’ let them make up their own minds when they are old enough to do so.
Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.
Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up to, because we may then at least have the chance to upset their designs, something that no other species has ever aspired to do.
God sometimes removes people from your life to protect you. Don't run after them.
We're under some gross misconception that we're a good species, going somewhere important, and that at the last minute we'll correct our errors and God will smile on us. It's delusion.
Be open minded, but not so open minded that your brains fall out.
Pantheism is sexed-up atheism. Deism is watered-down theism.
God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He's working on you too.
So who is God? No one can finally say.
That is not within human competence. All we can ever say is how we believe we have experienced God, doing our best to dispel our human delusions. Let me try to do just that. I experience God as the source of life calling me to live fully and thus to respect life in every form as embodying the holy.
Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.
There's always an element of self delusion among people who believe they ought to be President. There's an underestimation of your opponent and an overestimation of your own abilities. This is compatible with being rich and powerful, the idea that we were blessed by God because we deserve to be blessed.
What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked god for yesterday.
The Christian god is a being of terrific character - cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust.
Faith is an evil precisely because it requires no justification and brooks no argument.
Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God
David didn't need to know Goliath's strength because he already knew God's.
Religion has actually convinced people that there's an invisible man living in the sky.
No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.
Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.
Nothing happens by accident. God is preparing you for great things.
The God of the Old testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction.
You are the Children of God, the sharers of immortal bliss, holy and perfect beings. You divinities on earth. Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; you are not matter, you are not bodies; matter is your servant,not you the servant of matter.
Today give up false mental attachments and beliefs! Free yourself from the delusion that anything external can fulfill the hunger of your soul for God-Consciousness.
God gives every bird a worm, but does not throw it into the nest.
THE MAJORITY of children born into the world tend to inherit the beliefs of their parents, and that to me is one of the most regrettable facts of them all
The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable.
Their [the new atheists] treatment of the religious viewpoint is pathetic to the point of non-being. Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion would fail any introductory philosophy or religion course. Proudly he criticizes that whereof he knows nothing.
Prayer is when you talk to god, meditation is when god talks to you.
When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly half way between. It is possible for one side simply to be wrong.
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think.
The God Delusion makes me embarrassed to be an atheist, and the McGraths show why.
Man is the most insane species. He worships an invisible God and destroys a visible Nature. Unaware that this is Nature he's destroying is this God he's worshiping.
A designer God cannot be used to explain organized complexity because any God capable of designing anything would have to be complex enough to demand the same kind of explanation in his own right.
Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born
God was created by evolution, inside the imagination of a primate.
Religious wars are basically people killing each other over who has the better imaginary friend.
Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell.
There is no excuse for falling into delusion, which is so contrary to the Word of God.
The atheist view is correspondingly life-affirming and life-enhancing, while at the same time never being tainted with self-delusion, wishful thinking, or the whingeing self-pity of those who feel that life owes them something.
A god who is capable of sending intelligible signals to millions of people simultaneously, and of receiving messages from all of them simultaneously, cannot be, whatever else he might be, simple. Such Bandwidth!