As for myself, I can’t say, it would be impossible for me to say, that at that point I believed or that at that point I disbelieved. I just struggled along feeling from the beginning convinced of one thing, which I think perhaps is the basic nature of a religious faith, that in this world I am a stranger. I don’t belong here. I am staying here for a bit and it’s a very nice place, an interesting place, but I don’t belong here.
— Malcolm Muggeridge, from The End of Christendom, p. 28
Christians should view themselves as mere beggars, graciously and humbly telling other beggars where to find bread.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 860
We are talking about real truth, and not something vaguely religious which seems to work psychologically…. We are talking about real guilt before God…. We are talking … about real history, that the death of Jesus was not just an ideal or a symbol, but a fact of space and time…. Until he understands the importance of these three things, he is not ready to become a Christian.
— Francis Schaeffer, quoted in Ambassador’s Guide to Postmodernism by Greg Koukl, p. 58
Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our wretchedness.
— Blaise Pascal, quoted in Jesus in An Age of Controversy by Douglas Groothuis, p. 305
To be a Christian involves claiming that the God of the Bible exists and is like it describes him. It involves claiming that this is true. I cannot affirm it without affirming it. In saying it, I commit myself to its truth. It is my truth, in this respect, but in saying it, I offer it simply as truth.
— Esther Lightcap Meek, from Longing to Know, p. 60
He who, with his whole heart, believes in Jesus as the Son of God is thereby committed to much else besides. He is committed to a view of God, to a view of man, to a view of sin, to a view of redemption, to a view of the purpose of God in creation and history, to a view of human destiny found only in Christianity.
— James Orr, from The Christian View of God and the World
The real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes knowledge.
— A. W. Tozer, quoted in Decision Making and the Will of God by Garry Friesen, p. 273