Monday, January 12, 2015

Mission: Impossible Briefing II

This is a compilation of some of my original quotations and aphorisms. I do understand that a great number of individuals are often too preoccupied to sit and read books or long essays, and because I enjoy quotations and archiving things, I am using this post to build a collection of aphorisms that I find useful in summarizing much of my writing. Usually, I cannot just voluntarily sit down in deep thought and begin writing nor would I want to. Nearly everything that comes together, comes together in pieces, out of life, so this post will probably be updated on occasion:

  • "On athleticism, God knows no favor. It seems rather he is in the business of teaching winners how to lose and losers how to win."
  • "To the short-sighted, through the fog, God must be a monster."
  • "Some of the simplest of truths are also some of the most difficult of truths, but such is Christianity: 'If it's not about Christ, it's not about life.'"
  • "No matter how kind you are, always expect a few imbeciles."
  • "To be naive is to be unaware of how stupid and cruel other people are; but, by some definitions, ignorance is nearly the opposite of naivety in being a kind of cynicism, in being unaware of their intelligence and humanity. It seems to be a normal although unfortunate case that the great many of us consciously abhor ignorance in others yet subconsciously practice it ourselves: as naivety is apparent and well-known to inflict its damage upon oneself; whereas the alternative and the easier, ignorance, its damage upon others."
  • "By(e) pen, I've tried my hand at poetry; only to see how boring it is to me. That is, unless I get a chance to destroy each and every piece while doing it as I please."
  • "The best of fiction, as we know, of course, doesn't tell the truth; it tales the truth."
  • "After each of his books, the writer, for a while, feels once again that he can now die happy."
  • "The extent of creativity to which I admire in an individual is his ability to be richly creative while still, in a way, telling the truth. It is the fool who creates only his own lies, and the bore who simply repeats what he is told."
  • "With enough mental gymnastics, just about any fact can become misshapen in favor to one's confirmation bias."
  • "You can perhaps, in a number of circumstances, tell yourself that you can't have more than you have until you do better than you're doing, but by all means steer clear of its reverse, the creed of defeat, in saying that you can't do better than you're doing until you can have more than you have."
  • "Like all great things which then become fashions, science, as now the universal stamp of approval, probably receives more abuse than any other field of study. Glaze the word itself over whatever vague ideology one may presume ratified, no matter the degree of pseudo-science or lack of scholarly credibility packaged within, and the many will consume it like gravy on a feast. My thought for the time is that as the promise of true science increases, so shall rise its many more superficial counterparts as provided by the agenda-bound trendies and hyper-ambitious laypersons to boot."
  • "All knowledge meets an end at the question '...Why?'"
  • "To the loyal and to the blood-lovers, in the good families and in the fiery dynasties, life is family and family is life. It is the same people who give advice and their vices to live well who turn out to be the ones who give resource and reason to live long."
  • "Work was intended not to give a man a reason to live, but rather to give him a means to live."
  • "If you assume that the new - and simply because it's new - is always to be better than the old, chances are you've never known anything valuable."
  • "Pure wisdom is the 'fruit of life'; banal platitudes are the 'bane of existence'."
  • "If you don't like the solution, change the problem."
  • "Jealousy from a love affair is something even God can admit."
  • "Law without reason is criminal."
  • "God hates sin not because he wants us to be good little boys and girls, but because he knows sin destroys that which he loves most: sinners."
  • "Truth is not fully explosive, but purely electric. You don't blow the world up with the truth; you shock it into motion."
  • "I sit and ponder my existence: how I'm here, what put me here in these thoughts, these feelings, birthed from a timeless sleep, what it felt like, or rather the lack thereof, to not have been and now to 'be', and suddenly, I realize how absurd I am to exist, the fragility in my understanding of existence; I then wonder why the supernatural, the thought of other beings, of God or of gods, must be distinctly absurd - by which I am no longer sure. 'If I exist and I have made myself absurd to me, then why not they exist while merely believed absurd by me?' Perhaps it is true that in a wandering head, one full of wonders, the natural becomes supernatural and the supernatural becomes preternatural (or rational within the sights of discovery and explanation), just as the return home after a life-long journey feels, for a moment, foreign after the many experiences."
  • "If I were to believe in God enough to call him a murderer, then I might also believe enough that he, as a spirit, exists beyond death; and therefore only he could do it righteously. For the physical being kills a man and hatefully sends him away, whereas God, the spiritual being, kills a man and lovingly draws him nigh."
  • "Few endeavors, if any at all, I find to be inherently mature or inherently immature. Maturity is neither defined by one's particular preferences nor by one's particular activities; rather, it is defined by the strength of one's character."
  • "Initially, the God of the Old Testament might seem overwhelming and domineering to you, or tyrannical, or perhaps even evil, which is good. It is the first telling that God is indeed God, by sheer definition, and not some ear-tickling fairy by which one in his depravity is guaranteed to find another form of stale romanticism or love at first sight. For such a first impression as the latter would be problematic to the essence of Christianity. Therefore the Christians are right in saying that the nature of imperfect men cannot ultimately co-exist with the nature of a perfect God; and that the hope of each man is now desperately found in God's sending of Christ."
  • "For the case that one thinks he has plateaued in life, God has already set yet another peak for him to reach: and a much more challenging peak than his own, one that which is to serve others."
  • "My belief is that, morally, God and Satan are vaguely on the same page. According to the common understanding of Satan's origins, holiness must be in his blood: but a corrupted formula. The vital difference is that God is willing to offer grace for our sins; he delights in grace. God is the one and only holy and just punisher of sin, yes, but that is partly so because punishment for the sake of punishment is not something he loves. Whereas Satan, as the accuser, and as it is written, actually seeks God's permission to punish; he, being a seasoned legalist, delights in finding wrongs and will defy his own morality just to expose immorality. This is why both the anti-religious soul and the violently religious soul are, whether consciously or unconsciously, and sadly enough, glorifying their biggest hater: Satan is not only a lawless lover of punishing lawlessness, but also the greatest theologian of us all. He loves wickedness, but only because he loves punishing wickedness."
  • "Question like a child, reason like an adult, and write like a sage."
  • "In each generation, there is this certain wisdom of the ages that gets reburied in the fleeting drivels of modernity; then, like a diamond in the rough, it is yet again unearthed by a very small minority who not only restores it, but also polishes it and presents it as something new, something highly valuable and refreshing as understood by the current."
  • "How easy it is for so many of us today to be undoubtedly full of information yet fully deprived of accurate information."
  • "I'm always talking to God about whether or not he exists - that's how I know I'm a theist."
  • "God will save whomever He chooses to save. The Christian should proselytize not because he thinks he can change everybody; he should proselytize because the Gospel being shared is the ultimate act of love: because he thinks he can love everybody."
  • "All things remarkable are surprisingly simple; albeit difficult to find."
  • "Whether you try too hard to fit in or you try too hard to stand out, it is of equal consequence: you exhaust your significance."
  • "Every exceptional bias against Christianity I find to be evidence for its validity."
  • "Together, we form a necessary paradox; not a senseless contradiction."
  • "Without Christ a people may always have the freedom to do, but never the power to complete."
  • "Any halfway clever devil would decorate the highway to Hell as beautiful as possible."
  • "Because you're always learning, the chief lesson remains: you still know nothing."
  • "It is a healthy approach not to expect persons to turn out precisely how you would have wished."
  • "The consequence model, the logical one, the amoral one, the one which refuses any divine intervention, is a problem really for just the (hypothetical) logician. You see, towards God I would rather be grateful for Heaven (which I do not deserve) than angry about Hell (which I do deserve). By this the logician within must choose either atheism or theism, but he cannot possibly through good reason choose anti-theism. For his friend in this case is not at all mathematical law: the law in that 'this equation, this path will consequently direct me to a specific point'; over the alternative and the one he denies, 'God will send me wherever and do it strictly for his own sovereign amusement.' The consequence model, the former, seeks the absence of God, which orders he cannot save one from one's inevitable consequences; hence the angry anti-theist within, 'the logical one', the one who wants to be master of his own fate, can only contradict himself - I do not think it wise to be angry at math."
  • "Those small moments of pleasure men get from sin, from defying God, are perhaps grace - His final gift still to those who hard-heartedly choose to deny Him. Godless men may blatantly enjoy offending God not because they are free-spirited, but on the whole because He moves them to enjoy it. Sin is, in a sense, still touching God: for a strike involves a touch. Perhaps this is His divine kindness. Faithful men find everlasting fulfillment in His good company; but godless men who strike at the Author of Joy, who are completely ignorant of the greater, for them - and by God's love for His enemies - there is yet this small recoil known as 'pleasure' before the fall."
  • "Even the richest of brands are robbed by poor character."
  • "What's simple is that everything good comes from God, and everything bad comes from man. Where it gets complicated is that everything seemingly good but ultimately bad comes from man, and everything seemingly bad but ultimately good comes from God."
  • "Fashion is simply a guideline for style-less people to appear stylish."
  • "Trends are about as fickle as the direction of the wind; as are the legacies of those who flow with them."
  • "The truth exposes some people so deeply, their last defense is to front a carefree insanity."
  • "Always seek justice, but love only mercy. To love justice and hate mercy is but a doorway to more injustice."
  • "To me, many of what seemed to be Bible contradictions only pointed to the grace of Christ. It is not so much a rule book on how to be holy as it is a prophecy of the One who can make you holy. In this, I see God as the least bigoted of all in existence: While men always, in their hearts, delight in vengeance for being wronged, God is the only Being who wants to free you from the penalty of His own laws."
  • "The problem is politics is made a sport, almost as much a sport as football or baseball. When it comes to politics, adults and politicians do more finger-pointing and play more games than children ever do. Too often are we rooting for the pride of a team rather than the good of the nation."
  • "Of all individuals, the hated, the shunned, and the peculiar are arguably most themselves. They wear no masks whatsoever in order to be accepted and liked; they do seem most guarded, but only by their own hands: as compared to the populace, they are naked."
  • "One may suffer the long-term in order to grow in appreciation for the small things. For in short-term suffering, one only notices the large."
  • "The study of Scripture I find to be quite like mastering an instrument. No one is so good that they cannot get any better; no one knows so much that they can know no more. A professional can spot an amateur or a lack of practice or experience a mile away. His technicality, his spiritual ear is razor-sharp. He is familiar with the common mistakes, the counter-arguments; and insofar as this, he can clearly distinguish the difference between honest critics of the Faith and mere fools who criticize that which they know nothing."
  • "I suspect that 'Kindness and Cruelty' and 'Mercy and Justice' all have secret affairs, as though they rendezvous only within certain sophisticated souls: those who hate being offensive, but love telling the truth."
  • "The first reaction is surely the most natural one, but not always the most correct one; thereupon, the invention of apologies."
  • "One either cares what others think about him, or cares what others think he thinks about them. If you want to find someone who doesn't care in the slightest what anyone thinks, try a lunatic asylum."
  • "Science is knowledge meeting humility meeting curiosity: ever-evolving, always learning. Atheism is often but knowledge meeting arrogance: a masquerade under the wing of the beauty of science. Religion is infamously a weight under the one wing; then under the other is atheism, the championed masquerade."
  • "Speaking a painful truth should be done only in love - like wielding a sword with no hilt - it should pain oneself in direct proportion to the amount of force exerted."
  • "The funny thing about the heart is a soft heart is a strong heart, and a hard heart is a weak heart."
  • "Character that is fruit-producing can be summed up in the mastery of these 5 qualities: morals, but a sense of humor; love, but respect for criticism; intelligence without pretense; humility without self-loathing; and a mind open, but with solid convictions."
  • "Although I would probably think quite differently, as far as I can tell, if I were an atheist, my message to a number of the Christians of today I imagine would be somewhat along the following lines: 'Please, remember my autonomy. Do not confront me like yet another life coach, although with a shady, self-serving religious twang, and although ironically, telling me how to use god for my own agenda in order to 'live it up' for the umpteenth time. I did already attend a secular university for 5 years; I heard all the best, generic, lame success seminars out there; I know success; I know prosperity; my narcissism is well-fed. What is so special about your offer? Your religion is fake; your god is useless. Show me how to Jesus. That is the gem, but you seem nothing like it. Sincerely.'"
  • "Misguided good men are more dangerous than honest bad men. It is because they are seen as good that, in and by good conscience, the mob will always, stubbornly back them without question."
  • "I treat my thoughts like an old person treats their valuables: I cannot for the life of me proceed to throwing them out."
  • "A prophet is always underestimated, and part of what makes one a prophet is that he doesn't really mind it."
  • "Every category has its snobs: music, books, movies. There are so many things a man is only pressured into liking or disliking."
  • "God loves each person, I believe; although, just like we do in our private homes, He reserves His kingdom only for those whom He enjoys."
  • "Some days you feel like you're the worst of sinners; others like you're the most righteous person on earth. I am convinced that the former is when you're closest to God."
  • "The purest regret, no matter what, is thinking you didn't love enough."
  • "Nothing frustrates people more than a cocky guy who's still winning."
  • "Confirmation bias is the most effective way to go on living a lie."
  • "If only we were all better educated. If then, higher education would at last be a journey for skill and knowledge rather than for power and status."
  • "The internet is where some people go to show their true intelligence; others, their hidden stupidity."
  • "If Christians always seemed to be the most intelligent and the most righteous of men, I'd be a skeptic."
  • "Today's zealots are mostly those pretending to be anti-religious."
  • "Christ didn't join in. He saw which direction the rocks were being thrown, and became a shield."
  • "Good friends will allow you to be as innocent and free as a child when in private, and as wise and mature as an adult when in public."
  • "I once began to ask around what constitutes a good poem. It felt petty, in a sense. A boy would need no help in deciding which girls he thinks are pretty."
  • "Power without compassion is like a giant that blocks the sunlight."
  • "Silence might be a shout for the truth. It might be the speech that someday, in its truest, most uncontaminated, unadulterated state, all will be revealed."
  • "Still, one can be honest yet quite mistaken."
  • "Rather than swallowing our pride and simply asking what we do not know, we choose to fill in the blanks ourselves and later become humbled. Wisdom was often, in its youth, proven foolish, and ones humiliated were meant to become wise."
  • "Man's delight in the Lord is the absolute peak of human triumph. He praises God when full of joy, and when not, he praises God to become full of joy. For to know and to live as though God is worthy of all praise, in all one's circumstances, whether seemingly good or seemingly bad, is the primary definition of joy and the richest triumph for man under God."
  • "Quiet people always know more than they seem. Although very normal, their inner world is by default fronted mysterious and therefore assumed weird. Never underestimate the social awareness and sense of reality in a quiet person; they are some of the most observant, absorbent persons of all."
  • "A man who loves others based solely on how they make him feel, or what they do for him, is really not loving others at all - but loving only himself."
  • "Who you are in public is a test of your conviction; who you are in private, integrity."
  • "I pity the man who praises God only when things go his way."
  • "A good work ethic is not so much a concern for hard work but rather one for responsibility. There have been a great many men and women who have in fact used work or hustle or selfish ambition as an escape from real responsibility, an escape from purpose. In matters such as these, the hard worker is just as dysfunctional as the sloth."
  • "The disruption of science is one which abandons the method and seeks to conquer grounds outside its territory. It is not at all religion but this pseudo-science that is the enemy of science."
  • "Only the man who thinks himself a fool is as wise as he thinks."
  • "There are no keys to success - only tools."
  • "Unsettling are the days in which everyone is an expert."
  • "Reality. It is sometimes brought through foreign eyes; because if you do not know any better, you cannot see the worse (and vice versa)."
  • "God is not a God of confusion, although at times one's judgment, for a period, may become clouded in the mi(d)st of one's growth process. I stopped fooling myself into thinking that Christ is always for the cool kids and never for those upright and uptight religious people everybody hates."
  • "There is nothing new under the sun but that of the Son. Man's rebellion against God has always been because he would rather fall in pride than rise in humility."
  • "I never feel unsafe except for when the majority is on my side."
  • "There are 2 kinds of artists, essentially: those who want to make something popular, and those who want to make something dignified. But then there is still that rare hybrid case, and perhaps by that unintentional stroke of genius, in which one's work uncontrollably becomes both popular and dignified yet beyond its time."
  • "As for the majority, it is not so much race as it is political affiliation that really divides it today. What was once an issue of physical difference is now one of intellectual difference. Men have yet to master disagreeing without flashing all their frustrations that come with it; the conservative will throw half-truths while the liberal will throw insults. Combine these and what do you get? A dishonest mockery of a country."
  • "With no positivity, there is no hope; with no negativity, there is no improvement."
  • "To claim that one can never live a positive life with a negative mind is a very negative claim to make!"
  • "You wander. You work nearly every job known to man, it seems, only to arrive at the wonderings of philosophy."
  • "There is this common notion that people are shallow and ignorant until they go out and see the world. I, on the other hand, went out and in comparison realized I was in pretty good standing."
  • "To be happy to be sad and sad to be happy is to sing an echo in that beautiful language called Sorrow."
  • "A number of our scientists boast intelligence but lack wisdom. I find those to be the predictable ones."
  • "The petty man wants to use God for himself; the ambitious man wants God to use him for God."
  • "Knowing the truth is so minuscule compared to having the nerve to say it...and even more to live it."
  • "You can receive all the compliments in the world, but that won't do a thing unless you believe it yourself."
  • "As for those who spite you, and seemingly just because, it's only evident that they're learning from you. Maybe you taste bad - kind of like medicine, kind of like truth - and to them, you're thought unsafe. There is flattery in being chewed out and spit up. Humans have always had a hard time digesting foreign things."
  • "To esteem what makes you holy over what makes you happy - that is the greatest dare."
  • "A utopian system, when established by men, is likely to be synonymous with a dystopian depression. The only way for perfect peace by man is absolute control of all wrongs. Bully-cultures find this: with each and every mistake, another village idiot is shamed into nothingness and mindlessly shut down by the herd. This is a superficial peace made by force and by fear, one in which there is no freedom to breathe; and the reason it is impossible for man to maintain freedom and peace for everyone at the same time. Christ, on the other hand, transforms, instead of controls, by instilling his certain inner peace. This is the place where one realizes that only his holiness is and feels like true freedom, rather than like imprisonment, and, too, why Hell, I imagine, a magnified version of man's never-ending conflict between freedom and peace, would be the flesh's ultimate utopia - yet its ultimate regret."
  • "Growing up, I always had a soldier mentality. As a kid I wanted to be a soldier, a fighter pilot, a covert agent, professions that require a great deal of bravery and risk and putting oneself in grave danger in order to complete the mission. Even though I did not become all those things, and unless my predisposition, in its youngest years, already had me leaning towards them, the interest that was there still shaped my philosophies. To this day I honor risk and sacrifice for the good of others - my views on life and love are heavily influenced by this."
  • "I respect traditional people - they have the eyes which see value in the tarnished. This is a gift in itself. Tradition requires a wealth of discipline in order to be adhered to, hence it is rarely found in youth."
  • "The hardest chore to do, and to do right, is to think. Why do you think the common man would choose labor, partially, as a distraction from his own thoughts? It is because that level of stress, he most absolutely abhors."
  • "An anomaly has his own ambitions. You can try reasoning with him, but that's like using money to bribe a beast."
  • "So, how close are love and genius, really? We know that they are both mentioned far more than lived."
  • "Trustful people are the pure at heart, as they are moved by the zeal of their own trustworthiness."
  • "You can never make someone like something they don't like, but you can always help them to better understand it."
  • "The survival of poor opinions can make a thinker feel as though he is failing humanity."
  • "It is a harsh reality that some of the most important and respectable jobs which deserve high salaries might be better off with low salaries. A politician, or a minister, or a teacher is sure to be working sincerely and selflessly for the good of the people when through and through there is little monetary reward guaranteed. This is how the charlatans are weeded out of the field."
  • "Take lightly what you hear about individuals. We need not distort trust for our paltry little political agendas. We tend to trust soulless, carried information more than we trust soulful human beings; but really most people aren't so bad once you sit down and have an honest, one-on-one conversation with them, once, with an open heart, you listen to their explanations as to why they act the way they act, or say what they say, or do what they do."
  • "Mankind, in all his lusts, punishes himself. The gods have to do very little."
  • "Controversy is a last resort for the talentless."
  • "The wrath of God is never an evil wrath. God gets angry because he loves people like a mother would love her child if someone were to harm it. There is something wrong if the mother never gets angry; it is safe to say that that is the unloving mother."
  • "The Bible does not say money is the root of all evil; it says the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. A poor man who, in his heart, worships the idea of being rich is more vulnerable to its evils than a rich man who has a heart to use it all for the Lord."
  • "Nightmares are seldom a foreshadowing of real events, but always a showing of real fears."
  • "While there may be various tips, pointers, ingredients, and strategies to success, there is no one formula that always guarantees it other than to keep learning from failure itself."
  • "Be willing to give, but only when you aren't expecting anything in return."
  • "I am often guilty of expecting the worst so as to avoid disappointment and welcome surprise."
  • "Pride is born as a mountaintop on a valley, but dies as an abyss in which it is too deep and too dark to see the better."
  • "When there's music in your soul, there's soul in your music."
  • "There have been times I've felt so much art in my soul I grew sick of artists."
  • "Unprovoked hostility is often but displaced self-defense: 'I must stop him before he stops me.' In many of such environments, nobody is really hateful so much as they are just fearful."
  • "People, generally, are equally insecure. They just show it (or hide it) differently."
  • "Angels are good not simply because they see bad as bad, but also because they see bad as corny."
  • "To be intuitive is to possess a godly characteristic: to be bad at second-guessing the good."
  • "The best people are always the worst. They drive everyone mad by being so good at second-guessing everything bad."
  • "No man voluntarily expresses his opinion without some intent to make a difference, and even if he does, he shouldn't."
  • "Trying to be offensive for the sole purpose of being offensive should always deem one the least offensive of offenders."
  • "Look for the person everyone hates, and love them."
  • "This is almost always the case: A piece of art receives its f(r)ame when found offensive."
  • "Never take advice about never taking advice. That is an old vice of men - to dish it out without being able to take it - the blind leading the blind into more blindness."
  • "If you're not a smart worker, it's about how hard you work double the amount from the heart; if you're not a hard worker, it's about how smart you work but times two from the brain."
  • "What we fail to realize is we often become like Pharisees in our ruthless attempts to identify Pharisees (and impostors). While indeed some people use the old laws of religious pride to tear down men of God, others use the new laws of anti-religious anger to tear down men of God."
  • "Naturally, I always place my word over anyone else's simply because I know why I said what I said."
  • "It often seems as though the silent, humble servant is secretly wiser and more discerning than the haughty master; yet through dutiful (and sometimes insecure) surrender he continues to serve and carry out petty orders in loyal acquiescence."
  • "Reason begets honesty, and honesty, if given its head, begets confidence; so consequently, there is a sort of grand authority in the stances of those who know why they are standing."
  • "Let our information and social technologies raise awareness and not propaganda, build connections and not passive-aggression."
  • "Envy is a sign of insecurity, yes; but so is longing to be envied."
  • "If you're waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you'll never make it."
  • "Hopefully, when your actions and deeds - and therefore other people - boast for you, you're made tired of hearing it, too, from your own mouth because if not, all could lose sight of those actions and deeds behind the gong of your boasting."
  • "It is so easy at times for a lonely individual to begin fantasizing about what the people outside are saying about him and, in result, irrationally and fearfully, and sometimes angrily, fancy himself a villain."
  • "The foundation of morality on the human sentiments of what is acceptable behavior versus repulsive behavior has always made morals susceptible to change. Much of what was repulsive 100 years ago is normal today, and - although it may be a slippery slope - what is repulsive today is possible to be normal 100 years into tomorrow; the human standard has always been but to push the envelope. In this way, all generations are linked, and one can only hope that every extremist, self-proclaimed progressive is considering this ultimate 'Utopia' to which his kindness will lead at the end of the chain."
  • "The wrong approaches to faith and to skepticism are equally detrimental to the path. For the former declares its answers too soon and is later found false; the latter rejects sound answers altogether and hashes itself useless."
  • "Goodness is sparked by a caution for the sake of what is good, not a fear of what is bad."
  • "To swear day and night by media slander will make one a bigger victim than the slandered. It doesn't take much to begin to fear a mere illusion of human badness."
  • "In a society where dirt sells, for every good story told as it is, you will hear the whole of that day's 10 bad stories sensationalized; although in reality, it could be that 100 good deeds happened that day which went unsung."
  • "Astray from a deep sleep chronic as I write by phonics, like insomnia I will always live the onyx night for revealing, and, upon it, still I'll steal the bright light of day right away just to keep building at speeds hypersonic."
  • "The complete recipe for imagination is absolute boredom."
  • "It might come a time to not follow your passion, so to speak, although it must be prioritized. It may be the case that your passion will serve as the medic, your peace of mind, alongside a higher calling, with your higher calling being the point man."
  • "What I admire about the modern atheist is not at all his logic, but rather his gift of imagination. There will always be the cartoon versions of Christianity further perpetuated by the extremist atheists who do not possess the humility to ask real scholars and theologians its difficult questions. There is little doubt that the atheist has the bigger imagination: the first reason is due to his persistent caricatures of what constitutes a Christian; the second because of his belief that most of his questions are actually rhetorical. From this I can infer that, instead of laughing at one another (the Christian at modern atheist immaturity and the modern atheist at Christian stupidity), we would have a better chance at productivity laughing with one another as we all dumb down what we don't understand."
  • "Love without humility results in the inclination to act as everyone's parent, humility without love results in the need to be everyone's child, and love with humility results in the desire to be a friend."
  • "A thief is one who insists on sharing his victimhood."
  • "The evangelist is the world's hopeless romantic, and just like a hopeless romantic, he must hope for the miracle of God more than the romance itself."
  • "Friends ask you questions; enemies question you."
  • "Peculiar I say, how so often the smallest, most seemingly insignificant details later unveil their faces as vital means for progression."
  • "One of the bigger mistakes of our time, I suppose, was preaching the demonization of all judgment without teaching how to judge righteously. We now live in an age where, apart from the inability to bear even good judgment when it so passes by, still everyone, inevitably, has a viral opinion (judgment) about everything and everyone, but little skill in good judgment as its verification or harness."
  • "The hope is indeed that some will experience and believe: The purpose of a number of spiritual gurus is to demonstrate to God-fearing men faux spirituality."
  • "Even when the truth is in fact simple, simplicity is still relative."
  • "Be careful not to appear obsessively intellectual. When intelligence fills up, it overflows a parody."
  • "I enjoy poetry where I can talk as bizarre as I please, but theology or philosophy, I always respect the truth by taking it a step further."
  • "Every new generation believes its own period to be absolutely superior intellectually - greater than all past cultures yet equal among its modern cultures."
  • "If what you create seems to turn out much stranger than who you are as a person, it's probably because your heart is talking."
  • "God judges men from the inside out; men judge men from the outside in. Perhaps to God, an extreme mental patient is doing quite well in going a month without murder, for he fought his chemical imbalance and succeeded; oppositely, perhaps the healthy, able and stable man who has never murdered in his life yet went a lifetime consciously, willingly never loving anyone but himself may then be subject to harsher judgment than the extreme mental patient. It might be so that God will stand for the weak and question the strong."
  • "Fame is an island, and right before the castaway, the getaway of being known without being known."
  • "Where everyone wants to be a leader, it makes one a follower to want to be a leader, and a leader to know what to follow."
  • "A wise man's goal shouldn't be to say something profound, but to say something useful."
  • "God wants us to humbly and sincerely ask him things. How often do you enjoy people talking about you without taking the time to get to know you?"
  • "What men classify as living is often but the discontentment of making oneself itch just to enjoy the scratch."
  • "Like most arts, the link between the mind and the pen can chain you like an enslaved workaholic. Even on an intended vacation you suddenly have this killer urge to record whatever the vacation may teach."
  • "Lingering, bottled-up anger never reveals the 'true colors' of an individual. It, on the contrary, becomes all mixed up, rotten, confused, forms a highly combustible, chemical compound then explodes as something foreign, something very different than one's natural self."
  • "The last thing Scripture should do is make you blind in the world. Instead, you hear everything, see everything, and feel everything because everything just so happens to point right back to it."
  • "Some people are ignorant of the world but educated in Scripture, and are therefore prone to missing the relevance of Scripture - these sometimes, later, amidst life's challenges and doubts, turn from the faith; other people are ignorant of Scripture but educated in the world, and are therefore prone to missing the truth of Scripture - they are often those who ridicule the faith. The apologist stands somewhere in the center. He articulates where some are prone to understanding the truth in beauty, others the beauty in truth - that of a spiritual Creator in relation to his scientific creation."
  • "If life is music, I sometimes feel as though I was born on the off-beat of the song, and I love it. As Christian numbers reportedly decrease in America, my love for Christ feels as though it increases. Perhaps that is a little strange, yes, but in all honesty, I now want to be thought unfaithful about as much as a smug aristocrat wants to be thought a hobo."
  • "My confidence is in the idea that I may be wrong on this or that. No man in this life should ever have to bear the burden of perfection."
  • "I appreciate a book intended to be judged by its cover. The insincere readers are often weeded out while the sincere readers remain curious."
  • "Maturity is when you're able to say, 'It's not just them. It's me.'"

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  1. thought provoking. interesting and valuable.

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