We update our Religious Quotes Facebook Covers category often, be sure to visit us frequently for new covers for your Facebook Profile. When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. The truth is that killing innocent people is always wrong - and no argument or excuse, no matter how deeply believed, can ever make it right. Whatever the evolutionary basis of religion, the xenophobia it now generates is clearly maladaptive. Science, like art, religion, commerce, warfare, and even sleep, is based on presuppositions. If you belonged to a political party or a social club that was tied to as much bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, violence, and sheer ignorance as religion is, you'd resign in protest. Whereas religious prayers sing of peace and harmony, religion has divided human beings through an atrocious history of enmity and bloodshed.
Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion. When push comes to shove, it ain't the science that's going to lift you up - it's the belief, the spiritual side of life, that's going to lift you up, no matter what religion you are.
If religion were true, its followers would not try to bludgeon their young into an artificial conformity; but would merely insist on their unbending quest for truth, irrespective of artificial backgrounds or practical consequences. There must be freedom for all to live, to think, to worship, no book, no avenue must be closed.
Be strong, believe in freedom and in God, love yourself, understand your sexuality, have a sense of humor, masturbate, don't judge people by their religion, color or sexual habits, love life and your family. Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. In examining the evidence of the Christian religion, it is essential to the discovery of truth that we bring to the investigation a mind freed, as far as possible, from existing prejudice, and open to conviction.
I want young people to know that they can belong - whatever your culture, your religion, your sexuality - that you can live life how you want to live it and feel comfortable how you are.
Freedom of religion is a principle that is central to our Nation's Declaration of Independence. When Hegel later became a man of influence' he insisted that the Jews should be granted equal rights because civic rights belong to man because he is a man and not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion.
As a global society, we do not have to agree, endorse or condone the lifestyle choices of others.
If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon.
There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
It is clear that rituals and sacrifices can bring people together, and it may well be that a group that does such things has an advantage over one that does not. Religion is the organization of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Since many of you do not belong to the Catholic Church and others are non-believers, from the bottom of my heart I give this silent blessing to each and every one of you, respecting the conscience of each one of you but knowing that each one of you is a child of God. The First Amendment freedom of religion is as important today as when the Bill of Rights was first written. India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion all have a double aspect - freedom of thought and freedom of action. In Iran, there is no freedom of the press, no freedom of speech, no independent judiciary, no free elections.
In thinking about religion and society in the 21st century, we should broaden the conversation about faith from doctrinal debates to the larger question of how it might inspire us to strengthen the bonds of belonging that redeem us from our solitude, helping us to construct together a gracious and generous social order. I grew up in a secular suburban Jewish household where we only observed the religion on very specific times like a funeral or a Bar Mitzvah. As the spiritual leader of six million people, the Dalai Lama can be credited with a significant renunciation of the authority of tradition - of the conventional politics of national self-interest as well as of religion. I think you can judge from somebody's actions a kind of a stability and sense of purpose perhaps created by strong religious roots.
Moral values, and a culture and a religion, maintaining these values are far better than laws and regulations.
The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other. The Muslim Prophet Mohammed was a big believer in charity and firmly established helping those in need as a basis of the religion. All theory of modernity in sociology suggests that the more modernity there is, the less religion. In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere - in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion, and in ourselves. Nothing has done more to separate and divide human beings one from another than exclusivist organized religion.
If you have religious faith, very good, you can add on secular ethics, then religious belief, add on it, very good. With faith and courage, generations of Armenians have overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their culture, traditions, and religion and have told the story of the genocide to an often indifferent world. For God so loved the World that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. When people feel a certain religion claims to have all the answers, that's what turns them off. Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. Even though you can't expect to defeat the absurdity of the world, you must make the attempt. Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do irrational things in the pursuit of phenomenally unlikely payoffs. What I found particularly fascinating and satisfying about the Hindu tradition was its spirit of inclusiveness. I didn't see how wearing prosthetics was quite so different from being born with flaming red hair in a crowd of black-haired babies, or being of a different religion from that of every other child in your area. It is not our sexual preferences, the color of our skin, the language we speak, nor the religion we practice that creates friction, hatred and wars amongst in society. Religious tolerance is something we should all practice; however, there have been more persecution and atrocities committed in the name of religion and religious freedom than anything else. Racial history is therefore natural history and the mysticism of the soul at one and the same time; but the history of the religion of the blood, conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples, their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists.
I believe in mysticism, with an interior goal, and you are your own temple and your own priest.
Disappointment over nationalistic authoritarian regimes may have contributed to the fact that today religion offers a new and subjectively more convincing language for old political orientations. I remember while I was at school some of my Muslim friends talked about a handful of people spoiling things in every culture. Parents and schools should place great emphasis on the idea that it is all right to be different.
The Muslims have, as everyone else says, the right to practice their religion and they have the right to construct a mosque at ground zero if they wish. I was aware, in those early days of motherhood, that my behaviour was strange to the people who knew me well. In politics, religion and other areas of culture, people disagree on the worth of competing ideas. People can be only divided into good or bad; their race, religion, nationality don't matter. There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things. You might think that religion was the one area in which professional jealousy would take a back seat. Religion is capable of driving people to such dangerous folly that faith seems to me to qualify as a kind of mental illness. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.


I was told to challenge every spiritual teacher, every world leader to utter the one sentence that no religion, no political party, and no nation on the face of the earth will dare utter: 'Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.
It doesn't matter what color, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation, etc., everyone should have the same freedoms and liberties.
In spite of the huge diversity in Malaysia in terms of religion, culture, race, ethnicity and so forth, we've really gone very far in developing this country.
We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind. Most people are defined by their titles, their cars, their house, where they came from, their color, their race, their religion. As I have pointed out, it is the Christian tradition that is the most fundamental element in Western culture. In science, a healthy skepticism is a professional necessity, whereas in religion, having belief without evidence is regarded as a virtue. Adherents of the new religious right reject the separation of politics and religion, but they bring no spiritual insights to politics. In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Among politicians the esteem of religion is profitable; the principles of it are troublesome. In order to have faith, or follow any other organized religion, I'd have to suspend a degree of disbelief. We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. Democracy may have arisen in the West as the way of striving for the universal aspiration to dignity and freedom, but it isn't alien to the underlying concepts that infuse religion and moral philosophy everywhere. I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.
The fact that I am not Jewish by religion does not prevent me from connecting to the Jewish nation's spirituality. Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. Terrorism should be seen in the light of the country's security and not from the narrow perspective of caste, creed and religion. I think that we are at a point in our country where we're trying to decide what role should religion play in the political arena. Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's soul, when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.
Religion is dangerous because it allows human beings who don't have all the answers to think that they do. The obligation of the state is to guarantee freedom of religion, and that implies dealing with all of them on an equal footing.
The day is not far off when the economic problem will take the back seat where it belongs, and the arena of the heart and the head will be occupied or reoccupied, by our real problems - the problems of life and of human relations, of creation and behavior and religion. Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent. To an honest judge, the alleged marriage between religion and science is a shallow, empty, spin-doctored sham. Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer. If religion comes into the public square, it is as vulnerable as any other human institution to be pelted with produce.
We need leadership that can elevate religion and morality to their position of paramount importance and thus eliminate growing selfishness, immorality and materialism. Those among them that have not received our religion do not fright any from it, and use none ill that goes over to it, so that all the while I was there one man was only punished on this occasion. Out of all the ridiculous religion stories - which are greatly, wonderfully ridiculous - the silliest one I've ever heard is, 'Yeah, there's this big, giant universe, and it's expanding, and it's all going to collapse on itself, and we're all just here, just 'cuz. I think it's been hard for people to understand how Islam can be a good religion, and yet the Islamists are evil.
I studied English literature; I took 2 independent religion classes, but I wasn't a religion major really. The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one.
I think the church and the religion right now have a lot more to be worried about than SLAYER.
A society whose members are united by the fact that they think in the same way in regard to the sacred world and its relations with the profane world, and by the fact that they translate these common ideas into common practices, is what is called a Church. Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors - the dreams of our old men, given them in solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people.
I'm still very much an atheist, except that I don't necessarily see religion as being a bad thing. I was always respectful of people who were deeply religious because I always felt that if they gave themselves to it, then it had to be important to them. It was a real surprise to me to come across the evidence that Christianity might once have been a danced religion.
The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising.
I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings. It is an interesting and demonstrable fact, that all children are atheists and were religion not inculcated into their minds, they would remain so. I don't normally talk about my religion publicly because I don't want people to associate me and my flaws with this beautiful thing. The secret of a person's nature lies in their religion and what they really believes about the world and their place in it. Not until the human heart is stolid to poetry, the human eye blind to beauty, not until the intellect ceases its quest for truth and conscience finds its quietus either in universal defeat or in triumphant success, will organized religion cease to be. I have sung for Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation in life.
I think one of the great dangers here is going and categorizing anybody from one religion as a terrorist. I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is. I see no way out of the problems that organized religion and tribalism create other than humans just becoming more honest and fully aware of themselves. We first fought the heathens in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism.
The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion. People who dismiss science in favor of religion sometimes confuse the challenge of rigorously understanding the world with a deliberate intellectual exclusion that leads them to mistrust scientists and, to their detriment, what they discover. I think people often come to the synagogue, mosque, the church looking for God, and what we give them is religion. No religion on earth condones the killing of innocent people; no faith tradition tolerates the random killing of our brothers and sisters on this earth. I see this threat in environmentalism which is becoming a new dominant ideology, if not a religion. Yet, behind the veil of superficiality and hypocrisy, I always believed in the inherent beauty of God that lies at the essence of all true spiritual paths.
They are the self-righteous people who have made Christianity a form of legalistic religion, thereby destroying the free grace of the Gospel. This is especially true in politics and government, where limiting the power of the state, division of powers, and the doctrine of checks and balances are established in order to prevent accumulation of power that might lead to such Godly claims. For a Greek Orthodox, the idea of God as creator outside the human is not God in God's terms.
Congress has taken this positive step to protect our freedom to express allegiance to America's flag and the ideals it represents.
However, history has taught us that we equally cannot and should not excuse those who would hide behind religion or misuse God's word to justify bigotry and persecution. Religion is supposed to be about losing your ego, not preserving it eternally in optimum conditions.


If a preacher is preaching hate, to fear God that's not religion, that's not helping humanity, that's organizing an army to defeat somebody.
Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds. There is no freedom of religion - not even for Shiites, who are forced by Iran's theocracy to adhere to one narrow set of official rules. I mean, there's a certain patience, a certain discipline, I think, that religion helps you achieve. You can name it whatever you want, Islam or Christianity, but if you have a system in which God is distant and angry all the time, and you're trying to please him through the right disciplines, it isn't going to work for everyone. In my theory we can realize that this is wrong: atheism is only one belief system among many. The so-called New Age activities and this are not called religions and therefore don't come under the prohibition of mingling church and state that we have in this country. But even those people who have no interest about religion, okay, it's not religion, but you can train through education. Islam actually, as a monotheistic religion, which defined man as a responsible agent by itself, created the idea of the individual in the Middle East and saved it from the communitarianism, the collectivism of the tribe. Confucianism is more a code of ethics than a religion, and ancestor worship is a way for parents to control you even after they're dead. In Sanatan Dharma, or what is commonly called Hinduism, I discovered the basic truths of all religions in a way that the oneness of God and religion is comprehensively understood. I don't believe anymore in religions, because you see today there are religious wars, prejudice, false morals, and the woman is despised. Isaac Newton, who first worked out the laws by which gravity held the planets and even the stars in their traces, was sufficiently impressed by the scale and regularity of the universe to ascribe it all to God.
Racism and all the other 'isms' grow from primitive tribalism, the instinctive hostility against those of another tribe, race, religion, nationality, class or whatever.
What I am saying, though, is that they should listen to public opinion, they should listen to the deep wounds and anguish that this is causing to so many good people. There is no equivalent to the scientific method that can determine in a robust way which ideas match the real world, and which ones can be ruled out.
When the sun set and the fast of the Day of Atonement ended, she shot from the synagogue like a rocket to dance the Charleston. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. But no: ecclesiastical memoirs are as viperish as any, though their envy tends to cloak itself in piety. These are proof - of which history offers so many examples - that people can be suckers on a grand scale. It lies at the base not only of Western religion, but also of Western morals and Western social idealism. I don't care if you are a Democrat, a Republican, a Libertarian or a vegetarian, I will be blind to race, religion or any kind of orientation. Slaves were forced to attend the church of their owners, listen to selective dogma that kept them obedient and subservient. But we shouldn't set up this debate as 'religion v science'; instead we should strive for peaceful coexistence with at least the less dogmatic strands of mainstream religions, which number many excellent scientists among their adherents. We have lethal Sunni v Shia, Catholic against Protestant, but no agnostic suicide bombers attack crowded atheist pubs.
Before we really began to understand disease and the weather and things like that, we sought false explanations for them. I'm into believing in a higher source of creation, realizing we're all just part of nature. Because I've been double crossed by three religions, so I think I can safely say that religion - there is maybe something wrong with religion. Completely liberal day by day; my grandmother was a social worker and my grandfather was an engineer, but they never talked about religion.
If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
It has long been obvious - even to the deeply religious - that religious fanaticism is an extremely dangerous deranger of otherwise sane and goodhearted people. Those of us who have had experience with Islam understand this, just as we understand the difference between snake handlers and people going to church on Sunday morning. So now education is universal, so we have to sort of find ways and means through education system, from kindergarten up to university level, to make awareness these good things, the values, inner values. So, that's a weird thing that I'm struggling with that seems to be offending both atheists and people that are religious. Any time I have to accept a religion that won't let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion. It can be a source of good deeds, whether it's people from different spiritual backgrounds coming together to help other people in need after a crisis. Certainly, some of the early church leaders thought this was great and spoke of what seems to have been circle dancing, perhaps around an altar.
In it was a passage where he said that religion, the pursuing of the inner journey, should not be separated from the pursuing of the outer and social journey, because we are not isolated beings. Speaker, the fact of the matter is that the Ten Commandments are a historical document that contains moral, ethical, and legal truisms that any person of any religion or even an atheist can recognize and appreciate. He was pure in this notion in a true belief that democracy was the best solution in the world because it spoke to people's hopes and dreams and aspirations, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of speech. You can't convert people to anything - whether religion, or something as inane as our flicks. Politics are ugly, religion is struggling, technology is stressful, and the economy is unfortunate. Religion was our first attempt at literature, the texts, our first attempt at cosmology, making sense of where we are in the universe, our first attempt at health care, believing in faith healing, our first attempt at philosophy. Its main weapon is raising the alarm and predicting the human life endangering climate change based on man-made global warming.
We Protestants are the tax collectors, knowing that we are sinners and that our lives depend upon God's free grace. Even religion separates us, but a hit record unites us across religious beliefs, race, politics.
Why are gods, souls, an afterlife, miracles, divine creation of the universe, and so on brought in? I have tremendous respect for all faiths and beliefs, but have a deep concern that religion and faith are currently a long way apart from each other. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church, everyone present knows what is going to happen that night, but that doesn't prevent it being a religious ceremony.
Islam also accepts the Prophets, whether those prophets are Mohammed, God's peace and blessing be upon Him, or Moses or the other prophets of the Books.
On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.
As long as you understand who you are and you have a solid foundation of understanding what your talents are, what your skills are. Regardless of their race, religion, their proclivities, the desire of their heart and how they want to live their life and the decisions that they make. So that notion that religion can go on, when all the markers of power and trappings of monarchy disappear, ultimately serves the endurance of Judaism very well. Global warming, in particular, is a creed, a faith, a dogma that has little to do with science. I can even respect people's decisions and lifestyle choices just as I hope they have the courtesy to respect my decisions and my choices.
So the possibility exists that you might be breathing in some other form of Moses or Buddha or Muhammad or Bobby Kennedy or Roosevelt or Martin Luther King or Jesus. However, what unites the faithful, whatever their religion, is the unshakeable force of generosity.



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