Terryl L. Givens quotes

  • Without constraint, without any form of mental compulsion, the act of belief becomes the freest possible projection of what resides in our hearts. Like the poet's image of a church bell that reveals its latent music only when struck, or a dragonfly that flames forth its beauty only in flight, so does the content of a human heart lie buried until action calls it forth. The greatest act of self-revelation occurs when we choose what we will believe, in that space of freedom that exists between knowing that a thing is and knowing that a thing is not.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Lying #Believe #Heart

  • Heaven is not a club we enter. Heaven is a state we attain, in accordance with our “capacity to receive” a blessed and sanctified nature.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Blessed #Heaven #Clubs

  • What we choose to embrace, to be responsive to, is the purest reflection of who we are and what we love. That is why faith, the choice to believe, is, in the final analysis, an action that is positively laden with moral significance.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Believe #Reflection #Choices

  • Relationships are the core of our existence because they are the core of God's and we are in His image.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Existence

  • The earliest religious texts in the West ascribe to humankind both a prehistory and a destiny among the gods. M. David Litwa presents a striking survey of the varieties the latter of these beliefs has had, both within and outside the Christian tradition. Becoming Divine reconstructs an accessible and fascinating mosaic of this too-long neglected idea, utilizing figures as disparate as Orphic cultists, Augustine, and Nietzsche.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Christian #Religious #Destiny

  • The greatest act of self-revelation occurs when we choose what we will believe, in that space of freedom that exists between knowing that a thing is, and knowing that a thing is not.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Believe #Self #Knowing

  • God’s power rests not on totalizing omnipotence, but on His ability to alchemize suffering, tragedy, and loss into wisdom, understanding, and joy.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Loss #Omnipotence #Joy

  • What is always at stake in any decision we make is what that choice turns us into.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Decision #Choices #Stakes

  • Those mortals who operate in the grey area between conviction and incredulity are in a position to choose most meaningfully, and with most meaningful consequences […] Perhaps only a doubter can appreciate the miracle of life without end.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Meaningful #Appreciate #Miracle

  • What we choose to embrace, to be responsive to, is the purest reflection of who we are and what we love.
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Reflection #Who We Are #Embrace

  • A supreme deity would no more gift us with intellect and expect us to forsake it in moments of bafflement, than He would fashion us eyes to see and bid us shut them to the stars
    -- Terryl L. Givens

    #Fashion #Stars #Eye