“every time God forgives us, God is saying that God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.”
“Until we learn to love others as ourselves, it’s difficult to blame broken people who desperately try to affirm themselves when no one else will.”
“People who know how to creatively break the rules also know why the rules were there in the first place.”
“Before the truth sets you free, it tends to make you miserable.”
“When you get your,’Who am I?’, question right, all of your,’What should I do?’ questions tend to take care of themselves”
“The most common one-liner in the Bible is, “Do not be afraid.” Someone counted, and it occurs 365 times.”
“Change is not what we expect from religious people. They tend to love the past more than the present or the future.”
“Much of the work of midlife is to tell the difference between those who are dealing with their issues through you and those who are really dealing with you.”
“In the second half of life, people have less power to infatuate you. But they also have much less power to control you or hurt you.”
“I have prayed for years for one good humiliation a day, and then, I must watch my reaction to it. I have no other way of spotting both my denied shadow self and my idealized persona.”
“We all become well-disguised mirror image of anything that we fight too long or too directly. That which we oppose determines the energy and frames the questions after a while. Most frontal attacks on evil just produce another kind of evil in yourself, along with a very inflated self-image to boot.”
“I do not think you should get rid of your sin until you have learned what it has to teach you.”
“The cross solved our problem by first revealing our real problem, our universal pattern of scapegoating and sacrificing others. The cross exposes forever the scene of our crime.”
“Those who are not true leaders will just affirm people at their own immature level.”
“If change and growth are not programmed into your spirituality, if there are not serious warnings about the blinding nature of fear and fanaticism, your religion will always end up worshiping the status quo and protecting your present ego position and personal advantage as if it were God.”
“Most people confuse their life situation with their actual life, which is an underlying flow beneath the everyday events.”
“Church practice has been more influenced by Plato than by Jesus. We invariably prefer the universal synthesis, the answer that settles all the dust and resolves every question even when it is not entirely true over the mercy and grace of God.”
“The human ego prefers anything, just about anything, to falling, or changing, or dying. The ego is that part of you that loves the status quo – even when it’s not working. It attaches to past and present and fears the future.”
“Whatever good, true, or perfect things we can say about humanity or creation, we can say of God exponentially. God is the beauty of creation and humanity multiplied to the infinite power.”
“If we seek spiritual heroism ourselves, the old ego is just back in control under a new name. There would not really be any change at all, but only disguise, just bogus self-improvement on our own terms.”
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