Going through the Motions

 

As Isaiah would describe it,
“Righteous lips, but disconnected hearts”
The Lord says:
These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.”        (Isaiah 29:13)

 

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“Many people feel they are powerless to do anything effective with their lives. It takes courage to break out of the settled mold, but most find conformity more comfortable. This is why the opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it’s conformity.”

— Rollo May


 

Religiosity

“Perhaps the True Self – – and the full Christ Mystery
(not the same as organized Christianity) —
will always live in the backwaters of any empire
and the deep mines of any religion.”

― Richard Rohr
“Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self”
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Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.
— Billy Graham

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

“The propensity to become irrationally tribal about obscure matters”

Diarmaid MacCullough, “Christianity: The First Three thousand Years”

 

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Long brooding over those lost pleasures

exaggerates their charm and sweetness.

          William Makepeace Thackeray

 

 

The Failure of Post-modernism
 
Postmodernism, the most virulent of anti-science dogma, which proposes that all viewpoints are welcome and none is privileged.  Reality is relative.  This creates a democratization of opinions.  It is apparently “arrogant” to think that psychiatrists, Physicists, evolutionary scientists, and epidemologists might know more about their areas of expertise than, say, Oprah, Jenny McCarthy, Madonna, or Kirk Cameron.

Gad Sand
Psychology Today
December 2009, p. 61

 

 

“Wherever God erects a house of prayer the Devil always builds a chapel there; And ‘t will be found, upon examination, the latter has the largest congregation.”

Daniel Defoe, “The True-Born Englishman” (1701)

 

 

 

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