|The Gregarious Roadtripper
By denomination, I'm a United Methodist. However, my faith is more complicated than that. I am a liberal
Christian even by Wesleyan United Methodist orthodoxy. I sure am not perfect, and if it's necessary to be
consistently good to be saved then I won't be. I am saved because Christ died for me and I have accepted him. I
don't have much patience with people who judge me and I tell me I am doomed to their hell. In my opinion THEY
are the ones who better look over their shoulder. Christ always told sinners to do better and invited them to
follow him. The Pharisees were filled with religion, but they missed the point, and in my opinion, many so called
Christians of today are much like them.
Perhaps the best way to share my faith is to show a list of quotes that come close to explaining my personal
relationship with God. Even if you refuse to accept faith in Christ, most of these aphorisms and quotes point to
a good way to live, but are surprisingly difficult to write in your heart or mine.
"But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your
Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on
the unjust." - Jesus
"Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings." - Jean de la Bruyere
"One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others." - Lewis Carroll
"...I don't pray because it makes sense to pray, I pray because my life doesn't make sense without prayer."
- Noah benShea in Jacob the Baker
"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a
friend." - Thomas Jefferson
"The hardest people to reach with the love of God are not the bad people. They know they are bad. They have no
defense. The hardest ones to win for God are self-righteous people." - Charles L. Allen
"The Christian is not one who has gone all the way with Christ. None of us has. The Christian is one who has
found the right road." - Charles L. Allen
"God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll
be there." - Billy Graham In response to another TV evangelist who said 'Dogs can't go to heaven because they
aren't able to accept Christ as their personal savior.
“Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.” - Isaac
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” - Thomas
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” - Mark