‘We will never be happy until we make God the source of our fulfillment and the answer to our longings. He is the only one who should have power over our souls’

Stormie Omartian, ‘The Power Of A Praying Woman’

Doctor Who Quote

The Doctor: Clara? You asked me what we’re going to do, I told ya. We’re going to go to hell, or wherever it is people go when they die, if there is anywhere. Whatever it is we’re gonna go there and we’re gonna find Danny. And if it is in any way possible, we’re going to bring him home.
Clara: You’re going to help me?
The Doctor: Well, why wouldn’t I help you?
Clara: Because of what I just did, I just…
The Doctor: You betrayed me. You betrayed our trust, you betrayed our friendship, you betrayed everything that I’ve ever stood for. You let me down!
Clara: Then why are you helping me?
The Doctor: Why? Do you think that I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference?

That is what Christianity is about.

Many think that Christianity is about a God who sets his own rules, plays by his own rules and punishes those who defy him. Yet, that is not the crux of Christianity.

To understand we have to go back to the beginning, when God created man. He created and loved them, and guided them in His ways, telling them that certain things were commendable and others were dangerous. Yet, man knew what was good, but chose to turn away. We said ‘Yes God, we will listen to you’ but when we turned our backs on Him, we betrayed Him. And as He watched humanity fall, His heart ached.

And then Jesus came. God brought in the only salvation known to humanity – where at the courtroom, Jesus stands before us and says ‘Hold up, her sins are forgiven. She was guilty, but I took her punishment, so you can no longer punish her. She is now acquitted, free, purified’.

He went through hell to find us. He knew He had been betrayed, but He cared so much for us that our betrayal did not make a difference anymore.

There Are No Ordinary People

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.”

CS Lewis

“In the humiliation, Christ, of his own free will, enters the world of sin and death. He enters it in such a way as to hide himself in it in weakness and not be recognised as the God-Man. He does not enter in kingly robes. His claim, which he as God-Man raises in this form, must provoke contradiction and hostility. He goes incognito, as a beggar among beggars, as an outcast among outcasts, as despairing among the despairing, as dying among the dying.”

Bonhoeffer, Christ the Centre

The Irony of Voltaire

In the eighteenth century, Voltaire, the French atheistic philosopher boldly predicted:

‘Another century and there will not be a Bible on earth!’

Voltaire’s house later became the headquarters of the Bible Society, printing and distributing of thousands of Bibles.

This quote has now been forgotten, but the bible will never be.

John Paton

“Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honouring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my Resurrection body will rise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.”John-Paton

The words of John Paton, when a certain Mr Dickson repeatedly told John that he would be eaten by cannibals. John Paton was a missionary to the New Hebrides Islands of the South Pacific, called by the Lord to be a missionary to the cannibal tribes.