J.P. Moreland quotes

  • God maintains a delicate balance between keeping his existence sufficiently evident so people will know he's there and yet hiding his presence enough so that people who want to choose to ignore him can do it. This way, their choice of destiny is really free.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #God #Destiny #People

  • If you were to force people to do something against their free choice, you would be dehumanizing them. The option of forcing everyone to go to heaven is immoral, because it's dehumanizing; it strips them of the dignity of making their own decision; it denies them their freedom of choice; and it treats them as a means to an end. When God allows people to say 'no' to him, he actually respects and dignifies them.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Mean #People #Decision

  • The proper thing to do is to admit that hell is real and to allow our feelings of discomfort to motivate us to action.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Real #Feelings #Action

  • When God chooses to create somebody, he or she has an impact on other people's choices and it might be that they have an impact on their decisions to trust Christ or not.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Impact #People #Choices

  • In Scripture, faith involves placing trust in what you have reason to believe is true. Faith is not a blind, irrational leap into the dark. So faith and reason cooperate on a biblical view of faith. They are not intrinsically hostile.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Believe #Biblical #Dark

  • The soul is the ego, the ‘I,’ or the self, and it contains our consciousness. It also animates our body. That’s why when the soul leaves the body, the body becomes a corpse. The soul is immaterial and distinct from the body.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Self #Ego #Soul

  • The contemporary Christian mind is starved, and as a result we have small, impoverished souls.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Christian #Soul #Mind

  • Love God with all your mind...
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Mind #God Love

  • Instead of responding to these attacks with a vigorous intellectual counterpunch, many believers grew suspicious of intellectual issues altogether. To be sure, Christians must rely on the Holy Spirit in their intellectual pursuits, but this does not mean they should expend no mental sweat of their own in defending the faith
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Christian #Mean #Sweat

  • If we are going to be wise, spiritual people prepared to meet the crises of our age, we must be a studying, learning community that values the life of the mind
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Wise #Spiritual #People

  • Religion is now viewed by many as a placebo or emotional crutch precisely because that is how we often pitch the gospel to unbelievers
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Emotional #Crutches #Placebo

  • No one will go to hell simply because all they needed was a little more time and they died prematurely.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Littles #Hell #More Time

  • While the Christian faith clearly teaches that believers are to be involved as good citizens in the state, nevertheless, it is obvious why so many secularists are addicted to politics because political power is a surrogate for a Higher Power.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Christian #Political #Citizens

  • I would rather commit a sin of commission than a sin of omission, and the evangelical community is exactly the opposite. The evangelical community would rather not do something wrong and the price they're willing to pay for not doing something wrong is they're willing to fail to do something right; they're so afraid of making a mistake. Now the reason they're afraid of making a mistake is they're cowards and our community produces cowards.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Mistake #Opposites #Omission

  • Anti-intellectualism has spawned an irrelevant gospel. Today, we share the gospel primarily as a means of addressing felt needs.
    -- J.P. Moreland

    #Mean #Needs #Today