Monday, February 18, 2013

Some Quotes From L'Engle's Walking on Water

"I don't mean to water down my Christianity into a vague kind of universalism, with Buddha and Mohammed all being more or less equal to Jesus - not at all!  But neither do I want to tell God (or my friends) where he can and cannot be seen!  We human beings far too often tend to codify God, to feel that we know where he is and where he is not, and this arrogance leads to such things as the Spanish Inquisition, the Salem witch burnings, and has the result of further fragmenting an already broken Christendom."

"We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it."

"If my religion is true, it will stand up to all my questioning; there is no need to fear.  But if it is not true, if it is man imposing strictures on God (as did the men of the Christian establishment of Galileo's day) then I want to be open to God, not to what man says about God.  I want to be open to revelation, to new life, to new birth, to new light.  Revelation.  Listening.  Humility."

-- excerpts from Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle


Anonymous said...

I do so appreciate your posting.
To love, in spite of our differences is Gods desire, not hate because of them.
Thanks again

Julie said...

Well said. Thank YOU -