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Jan. 13th, 2011 | 09:34 am
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posted by: mydearmonte in quotes

Nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality

"Some people skip through life; some people are dragged through it. I sometimes wonder whether we are moving through time or time is moving though us."
"I believe the greatest trick of the devil is not to get us into some sort of evil but rather have us wasting time. This is why the devil tried so hard to get Christians to be religious. If he can sink a man's mind into habit, he will prevent his heart from engaging God."
"If you don't love somebody, it gets annoying when they tell you what to do or what to feel. When you love them you get pleasure from their pleasure, and it makes it easy to serve. I didn't love God because I didn't know God."
"The problem is not out there; the problem is the needy beast of a thing that lives in my chest."
"Nobody wants to be themselves... If there was a guy who just liked being himself and didn’t want to be anyone else, that guy would be the most different guy in the world and everybody would want to be him."
"The thing I loved most about Nadine was that I never felt like she was selling anything. She would talk about God as if she knew Him, as if she had talked to Him on the phone that day."
"My belief in Jesus did not seem rational or scientific, and yet there was nothing I could do to separate myself from this belief. Love, for example, is a true emotion, but it isn't rational. What I mean is, people actually feel it. I have been in love, plenty of people have been in love, yet love cannot be proved scientifically. Neither can beauty. There are plenty of things that are true that don't make any sense. I think one of the problems Laura was having was that she wanted God to make sense. He doesn't. He will make no more sense to me than I will make sense to an ant."
"I had come to believe that because a person is in need, they are candidates for sympathy, not just charity. I wanted to buy her dignity. And yet, by judging her, I was the one taking her dignity away."
"I love to give charity, but I don't want to be charity. This is why I have so much trouble with grace."
"I understand why people wear crystals around their necks and why they perform chants and gaze at stars. They are lonely. I'm not talking about lonely for a lover or a friend. I mean lonely in the universal sense, lonely inside the understanding that we are tiny little people on a tiny little earth suspended in an endless void that echoes past stars and stars of stars."
"I realized in an instant that I desired false gods because Jesus wouldn't jump through my hoops...my faith was about image and ego, not about practicing spirituality."
-- Donald Miller

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from: syncopatedlife
date: Jan. 13th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)

I do love these quotes, but am unfamiliar with Donald Miller. Can you tell me something about him? (other than what I might find in wikipedia, lol)

His perspective reminds me of Anne Lammot and some of her influences and black theology I've studied.

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from: mydearmonte
date: Jan. 13th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)

Well, he has a blog, http://donmilleris.com/ .
I learned a lot about him from reading that book. He uses examples from his life to explain things. All his books involve Christian Spirituality. This one, he focuses on it entirely. In another he speaks of his trip on the open road and how it strengthened his relationship with God.

I don't know who Anna Lammot is, but I will research her!

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from: _______qwerty
date: Jan. 13th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)

"The problem is not out there; the problem is the needy beast of a thing that lives in my chest."

fucking awesome.

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from: joannaalbert
date: Jan. 14th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)

I love Donald Miller!
They (whoever "they" may be) are making "Blue Like Jazz" into a movie.
So he wrote a book about the making of the movie. It is probably my favorite book. It is talking about living 'your story' and reflecting on his... and what makes a 'good story.' This may sound really corny, but I wanted to make my life story so much cooler after reading the book. I plan on rereading it again soon.
Oh, it's called "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years." I recommend it to you all. :)

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from: dramaqueen08
date: Feb. 6th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)

I really like these. Sums op my view on my faith and religion in general. Thanks!

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