Josh McDowell quotes

  • I am not a Christian because God changed my life; I am a Christian because of my convictions about who Jesus Christ is.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Jesus #God Life

  • One who claimed what Jesus claimed about himself couldn't be a good moral man or a prophet. That option isn't open to us, and Jesus never intended it to be.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Men #Moral

  • If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Easter #Past

  • Prayer is talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Prayer #Attitude #Heart

  • After I set out to refute Christianity intellectually and couldn't, I came to the conclusion the Bible was true and Jesus Christ was God's Son.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Son #Christianity

  • Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Forgiveness #Oil

  • We do not develop habits of genuine love automatically. We learn by watching effective role models - most specifically by observing how our parents express love for each other day in and day out.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Family #Role Models #Parent

  • Whenever you do judge, the only basis of judgment is not your own perspective or anything else, it's the very character and nature of God and that's why we are to allow Him to exercise His justice, where I personally want to take it upon myself.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Character #Exercise #Justice

  • Anyone with sincere religious beliefs cannot say that all religions are true. That is so illogical it is pathetic. All religion cannot be true because some of them are so diametrically opposed to each other.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Religious #Belief #Sincere

  • Having convictions can be defined as being so thoroughly convinced that Christ and His Word are both objectively true and relationally meaningful that you act on your beliefs regardless of the consequences.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Meaningful #Belief #Christ

  • Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Rebellion

  • After more than 700 hours of studying this subject, and thoroughly investigating its foundation, I have come to the conclusion that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most wicked, vicious, heartless hoaxes ever foisted upon the minds of men, or it is the most fantastic fact of history
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Men #Heartless

  • I would say 90 percent of Christians do not have a worldview, in other words a view of the world, based on the Scripture and a relationship with God.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Views #World

  • The Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have... whether you like it or not.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Atheist #Believe #Kids

  • No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Disappointment #Struggle #Matter

  • Paul the apostle recounted that Jesus appeared to more than 500 of His followers at one time, the majority of whom were still alive and who could confirm what Paul wrote.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Majority #Followers

  • The first thing that stuck in the minds of the disciples was not the empty tomb, but rather the empty grave clothes - undisturbed in form and position.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Easter #Clothes #Mind

  • Why don't the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn't claim to be God, but Jesus did.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Names #People

  • While the resurrection promises us a new and perfect life in the future, God loves us too much to leave us alone to contend with the pain, guilt and loneliness of our present life.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Pain #Loneliness #Perfect

  • We may very well wake up in the not-too-distant future in a culture that is not only unreceptive but openly hostile to the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ, a culture in which those who proclaim the gospel will be labeled as bigots and fanatics, a culture in which persecution of Christians will be not only allowed but applauded.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Religious #Jesus

  • Stephen L. Carter coined the phrase 'the culture of disbelief' to describe the prevailing hostility in Western culture toward public expressions of faith.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Religious #Culture

  • This is the age of the new tolerance and it is producing a bumper crop of anti-Christian and anti-American sentiment.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Religious #Tolerance

  • We no longer live in a post-Christian society, we live in an anti-Christian society, one in which the Christian faith is dismissed or ridiculed and Christians are considered suspect and their motives and behavior berated.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Religious #Behavior

  • On that Sunday morning the first thing that impressed the people who approached the tomb was the unusual position of the one and a half to two ton stone that had been lodged in front of the doorway.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Morning #Easter #Sunday

  • Christ appeared alive on several occasions after the cataclysmic events of that first Easter.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Easter #Events #Alive

  • Jesus claimed He had the power to raise himself from the dead and His followers would be raised from the dead. That's a unique claim in the literature of religion.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Unique #Would Be

  • When it comes to my salvation, all I need is Jesus; after my salvation, everything is Jesus plus the church... When people preach that all you need is Jesus, they cut you and I off from one of the greatest sources of healing, which is the body of Christ. Dont go it alone - you wont make it.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Healing #Cutting

  • Where I once constantly lost my temper, I found myself arriving at a crisis and experiencing peace.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Arriving #Lost #Found

  • Where I once believed people were there to be used, I started thinking of other people first.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Thinking #People #Firsts

  • Every kid needs to say, 'I want what my mom and dad have.’
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Mom #Dad #Kids

  • Both Jewish and Roman sources and traditions admit an empty tomb.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Tradition #Empty #Source

  • I thought Christians were walking idiots.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Idiot #Walking

  • My greatest asset now is my focus.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Focus #Assets

  • The Old Testament records the preparation for the coming of the Messiah. The Gospels record the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord. The book of Acts records the propagation of the gospel (the good news) concerning Jesus Christ. The Epistles (letters) explain the gospel and its implications for our lives. The book of Revelation anticipates and describes the second coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His eternal kingdom. From beginning to end, the Bible glorifies Jesus Christ and centers on Him. Its Christ-centeredness is one of its wonderful features.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Book #Preparation

  • If someone tries to tell you you are the greatest generation in the history of America, don't believe them. You aren't. You have the capability to be, but you aren't.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Believe #America #Trying

  • My joy in life is not because I have not had any problems. I have joy because I have learned there is nothing too great for Gods power to deal with, nor anything too small or insignificant for His love to be concerned about.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Joy #His Love #Problem

  • You better arm yourselves to answer your children's and grandchildren's questions... no matter what the question is... without being judgmental.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Children #Matter #Answers

  • Here's the simplest answer: Within weeks, the disciples proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus Christ, that He had been bodily raised from the dead and appeared to them.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Answers #Resurrection

  • How do you spell love?... when you reach the point where the happiness, security and development of another person is as much of a driving force to you as your own happiness, security, and development, then you have a mature love. True love is spelled G-I-V-E. It is not based on what you can get, but rooted in what you can give to the other person.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Love #Giving #Development

  • As a reward for their efforts, however, those early Christians were beaten, stoned to death, thrown to the lions, tortured and crucified. Every conceivable method was used to stop them from talking.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Talking #Effort

  • What you are as a single person, you will be as a married person, only to a greater degree. Any negative character trait will be intensified in a marriage relationship, because you will feel free to let your guard down -- that person has committed himself to you and you no longer have to worry about scaring him off.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Marriage #Character #Worry

  • True love is spelled G-I-V-E. It is not based on what you can get, but rooted in what you can give to the other person....
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Love You #Love Is #Giving

  • Because the New Testament provides the primary historical source for information on the resurrection, many critics during the 19th century attacked the reliability of these biblical documents.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Biblical #Historical #Information

  • Knowing that God is faithful, it really helps me to not be captivated by worry. But knowing that He will do what He has said, He will cause it to happen, whatever He has promised, and then it causes me to be less involved in worrying about a situation.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Knowing #Worry #Faithful

  • When I was a crusade director in British Columbia, all of our meetings were at 9:03. Somebody said 'That's ridiculous. Why did you do that?' It's because you remember it. You've never been to another 9:03 meeting.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Directors #Ridiculous #Remember

  • Well how can a holy, just, righteous God allow sin into His presence?
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Sin #Holy #Righteous

  • Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have,
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Giving #Answers #Reason

  • We've had a major shift in what truth is and where it comes from. We've gone from being God-centered to self-centered, from being objective to being subjective and from being internal to external,
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Self #Gone #Truth Is

  • If one discards the Bible as being unreliable, then he must discard almost all literature of antiquity.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Literature

  • I once had a lot of hatred, mainly toward my father, an alcoholic.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Father #Hatred #Alcoholics

  • The fact that God accepts us should be our motivation for accepting ourselves. If we cannot accept ourselves the way we are, with our limitations and assets, weaknesses as well as strengths, shortcomings as well as abilities; then we cannot trust anyone else to accept us the way we are. We will always be putting on a front, building a facade around ourselves, never letting people know what we are really like deep down inside.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Motivation #People

  • Many people entertain the idea that Christianity,like almost any other religion,is basically a system of beliefs-you know, a set of doctrines or a code of behavior, a philosophy, an ideology. But that's a myth. Christianity is not at all like Buddhism or Islam or Confucianism. The founders of those religions said (in effect), 'Here is what I teach. Believe my teachings. Follow my philosophy.' Jesus said, 'Follow me'(Matthew 9:9). Leaders of the world's religions said, 'What do you think about what I teach?' Jesus said, 'Who do you say I am?'(Luke 9:20)
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Philosophy #Teaching

  • If there were more than one path to salvation then it would totally negate Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, his life, his teachings.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Easter #Teaching

  • I would say much of religious heresy is the result of a misunderstanding of the basic nature of God. And once we have a proper understanding of God, then usually most of the areas of our life coincide with who God is and what He desires for each one of us.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Religious #Understanding #Desire

  • I've never had anyone define purity. You probably can't define purity. Purity is to live according to original design.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Design #Purity

  • Leaders of the world's religions said, 'What do you think about what I teach?' Jesus said, 'Who do you say I am?'(Luke 9:20)
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Thinking #Leader

  • My father's life was changed right before my eyes [when he trusted Christ]. It was like someone reached down and switched on a light inside him. He touched alcohol only once after that. He got the drink only as far as his lips and that was it-after forty years of drinking! He didn't need it any more. Fourteen months later, he died form complications of his alcoholism. But in that fourteen-month period over a hundred people in the area around my tiny hometown committed their lives to Jesus Christ because of the change they saw in the town drunk, my dad.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Bible #Jesus #Dad

  • I always tried to be open-minded, but not so open-minded that my brains would fall out. As G. K. Chesterton says, "The purpose of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to close it again on something solid." I opened my mind, and I finally closed it on the most solid reality I had ever experienced. On December 19, 1959, at 8:30PM, during my second year at the university, I became a Christian.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Fall #Reality

  • If they had connived a scheme, and Christ had not been raised from the dead, where would have been the hardest place on the face of the earth to convince anyone? In Jerusalem.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Earth #Jerusalem #Faces

  • The New Testament witnesses were fully aware of the background against which the resurrection took place.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Surfing #Resurrection #New Testament

  • Tolerance is the worst roar of all, including tolerance for homosexuals, feminists, and religions that don't follow Christ.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Feminist #Tolerance #Christ

  • Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort have created a biblically sound course that will not only motivate Christians; it will equip them to fulfill the Great Commission.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Christian #Rays #Sound

  • No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the Resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Pain #Disappointment #Good Life

  • Few people seem to realize that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone to a worldview that provides the perspective to all of life.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Jesus #Life Changing #People

  • For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #World #Philosopher #Good Christian

  • A lot of people say, well how can a loving God send anyone to hell? First of all God doesn't send anyone to hell. If we go to hell, it's by our own choice. But when somebody says to me, how can a loving God allow anyone to go to hell, I'll turn around and say, "Well how can a holy, just, righteous God allow sin into His presence?"
    -- Josh McDowell

    #People #Choices #Firsts

  • Now, whenever you read any historical document, you always evaluate it in light of the historical context.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Light #Historical #Historical Context

  • It is more rewarding to resolve a conflict than to dissolve a relationship.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Conflict #Resolve

  • There was a time when only specialized Christian missionaries needed to be able to defend the gospel of Jesus Christ against the attacks of Islam. Today every Christian has an opportunity and obligation to present the gospel effectively and in Christian love to the Muslims who have permeated our Western society. When your neighbor, your mechanic, your favorite basketball player, your employer or employee, or even your children's friends could very well be Muslims, the need for proper understanding and an effective Christian witness is abundantly clear.
    -- Josh McDowell

    #Basketball #Christian #Jesus