Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mountain of quotes

I am doing some research for a young lady in the church that is preparing for a apologetics debate. My role is simple: find good quotes for each of the possible questions she may encounter. I will have more in the coming weeks, but thought I would share the quotes for Week 1. We truly do stand on the shoulders of giants. Immerse yourself in these for a few minutes:

Tell me how it is that in this room there are three candles and but one light, and I will explain to you the mode of divine existence - John Wesley

I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot concieve how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. - Abraham Lincoln

Defend the Bible? I would just as soon defend a lion. Just turn the Bible loose. It will defend itself. - Spurgeon

We are to believe and follow Christ in all things, including His words about Scripture. And this means that Scripture is to be for us what it was to Him: the unique, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God, and not merely a human testimony to Christ, however carefully guided and preserved by God. If the Bible is less than this to us, we are not fully Christ's disciples. - James Montgomery Boice

It is beyond doubt that Jesus highly esteemed the Old Testament and constantly submitted to it as to an authoritative revelation. He taught that the Scriptures bore a witness to him, just as he bore a witness to them. Because they are the words of God, Jesus assumed their complete reliability, in whole and to the smallest part. - James Montgomery Boice

God made everything else but man ‘after its kind’ – that is, according to the purpose and destiny he envisaged for it. But he made man in His own image. Man is patterned on God! He was made to represent God – in created, human form. - Sinclair Ferguson

The truth that humanity was made in the likeness of God is the starting point for a biblical understanding of the nature of man. It explains our spiritual urges. It helps us make sense of the human conscience. It establishes our moral accountability. It reveals the very essence of the meaning and purpose of human life. It is full of practical and doctrinal significance. - John MacArthur

There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart. - Blaise Pascal

You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.- Augustine

When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. - C.S. Lewis

The truth is that, though we were justified by faith alone, the faith that justifies is never alone (it always produces fruit, "good works,"…a transformed life) - J.I. Packer

To be justified means more than to be declared “not guilty.” It actually means to be declared righteous before God. It means God has imputed or charged the guilt of our sin to His Son, Jesus Christ, and has imputed or credited Christ’s righteousness to us. - Jerry Bridges

Precisely because we are justified in Him – that is, in His justification – our justification is also final and irreversible. Indeed we can be so bold as to say that we are as fully justified before God as our Lord Jesus is. We are as finally justified as our Lord Jesus is. We are as irreversibly justified as our Lord Jesus is. The only justification we have – our only righteousness – is that of the Lord Jesus. We are justified with His justification. - Sinclair B. Ferguson

When God accepts a sinner, He is, in fact, only accepting Christ. He looks into the sinner’s eyes, and He sees His own dear Son’s image there, and He takes him in. - C.H. Spurgeon

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