„every time God forgives us, God is saying that God's own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.“

Source: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

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American spiritual writer, speaker, teacher, Catholic Franc… 1943

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„For Christians, the rules are clear. They are under order to forgive. We must follow those orders, no matter how difficult they appear. If we do not forgive, God will not forgive us. That is the beginning and the end of it.“

—  Laisenia Qarase Prime Minister of Fiji 1941

Additional remarks about the proposed Reconciliation and Unity Commission, Address to the nation at the National Day of Prayer in Fiji combined church service http://www.fiji.gov.fj/publish/page_4615.shtml, Post Fiji Stadium, Suva, 15 May 2005

„It's so much easier to create our own gods; gods that are fully knowable.“

—  Sean Sellers American murderer 1969 - 1999

Open Letter To Satanists
Context: It's so much easier to create our own gods; gods that are fully knowable. Those are the gods of atheism, occultism, religion and sometimes even Christianity. Then, of course, there are those prejudices that we demand of our gods. Women who take offense at a "male" God create for themselves a female or neuter god. There, we have all the racial gods, the black gods, white gods, and cultural gods, the Spanish gods, African gods, Indian gods and so on. All of them called god. And yet none of them are truly Him. Some may be tiny glimpses of Him. Maybe His big toe or little finger, but nothing more. Others are not even that. They’re only delusions from our prejudices.

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„It is not God who will save us — it is we who will save God, by battling, by creating, and by transmuting matter into spirit.“

—  Nikos Kazantzakis, book The Saviors of God

The Saviors of God (1923)
Context: We do not struggle for ourselves, nor for our race, not even for humanity.
We do not struggle for Earth, nor for ideas. All these are the precious yet provisional stairs of our ascending God, and they crumble away as soon as he steps upon them in his ascent.
In the smallest lightning flash of our lives, we feel all of God treading upon us, and suddenly we understand: if we all desire it intensely, if we organize all the visible and invisible powers of earth and fling them upward, if we all battle together like fellow combatants eternally vigilant — then the Universe might possibly be saved.
It is not God who will save us — it is we who will save God, by battling, by creating, and by transmuting matter into spirit.

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„God will not forgive us if we fail.“

—  Leonid Brezhnev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1906 - 1982

As quoted in Understanding the Cold War : A Historian's Personal Reflections (2002) by Adam Bruno Ulam and Paul Hollander, p. 269

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Citát „The gods…the gods may forgive much, to a truly penitent heart.“
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„The gods…the gods may forgive much, to a truly penitent heart.“

—  Lois McMaster Bujold, book Paladin of Souls

Her smile grew bitter as desert brine. "The gods may forgive Ista all day long. But if Ista does not forgive Ista, the gods may go hang themselves."

p. 61
Paladin of Souls (2003)

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„God cares about every area of our lives, and God wants us to ask for help.“

—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951

Source: Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence

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„God leads us. God will do the right thing at the right time. And what a difference that makes.“

—  Max Lucado American clergyman and writer 1955

Source: Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear

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„The gods have their own rules.“

—  Ovid, Metamorphoses

Book IX, 500
Metamorphoses (Transformations)
Original: (la) Sunt superis sua iura

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„God wants us to live consistently, He wants us to enjoy every single day of our lives.“

—  Joel Osteen American televangelist and author 1963

Source: Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

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„God used beautiful mathematics in creating the world.“

—  Paul Dirac theoretical physicist 1902 - 1984

As quoted in The Cosmic Code : Quantum Physics As The Language Of Nature (1982) by Heinz R. Pagels, p. 295; also in Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac : Reminiscences about a Great Physicist (1990) edited by Behram N. Kursunoglu and Eugene Paul Wigner, p. xv

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„We create gods and struggle with them, and they bless us.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Demian

Source: Demian (1919), p. 188
Context: We aren't pigs as you seem to think, but human beings. We create gods and struggle with them, and they bless us.

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„It is the furious longing to give finality to the Universe, to make it conscious and personal, that has brought us to believe in God, to wish that God may exist, to create God, in a word.“

—  Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936

The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), VII : Love, Suffering, Pity
Context: It is the furious longing to give finality to the Universe, to make it conscious and personal, that has brought us to believe in God, to wish that God may exist, to create God, in a word. To create Him, yes! This saying ought not to scandalize even the most devout theist. For to believe in God is, in a certain sense, to create Him, although He first creates us. It is He who is continually creating Himself.

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„Transcendence is the way God is immanent. God is present in every created reality, without being identified with it. This is the meaning of God’s transcendence.“

—  Kurien Kunnumpuram Indian theologian 1931 - 2018

Kunnumpuram, Kurien, 2011 “Theological Exploration,” Jnanadeepa: Pune Journal of Religious Studies 14/2 (July-Dec 2011)
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„God in the depths of us receives God who comes to us: it is God contemplating God.“

—  John Ruysbroeck Flemish mystic 1293 - 1381

Quoted in An Anthology of Mysticism and Mystical Philosophy' (1927) by William Kingsland, God is more interior to us than we are to ourselves. His acting in us is nearer and more inward than our own actions. God works in us from inside outwards; creatures work on us from the outside p. 94

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