„We shall find that Separation to GOD is followed by Blessing from GOD; and that those who receive large blessing from Him, in turn render to Him acceptable Service; service in which GOD takes delight, and which He places in everlasting remembrance.“
„When he was wounded with an arrow in the ankle, and many ran to him that were wont to call him a god, he said smiling, "That is blood, as you see, and not, as Homer saith, ‘such humour as distils from blessed gods.'"“
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
„But God, who is able to prevail, wrestled with him, as the Angel did with Jacob, and marked him; marked him for his own; marked him with a blessing, a blessing of obedience to the motions of his blessed Spirit.“
— Izaak Walton English author and biographer 1593 - 1683
Life of Donne (1640).
„We have turned our backs on God, and given Him lip-service by maintaining a belief in His existence and at the same time embracing that which is abhorrent to Him; things such as homosexual marriage, abortion, adultery, fornication, pornography, lying, theft and blasphemy. Few have any fear of God, which the Bible says is the ‘beginning’ of wisdom. A wise man once said, ‘Most I fear God. Next I fear him who fears Him not.’ When someone doesn’t fear God, they give themselves to evil.“
— Ray Comfort New Zealand-born Christian minister and evangelist 1949
As quoted in Mass Murder 'Normal' in World without God' http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/mass-murder-normal-in-world-without-god/, Worldnutdaily (2012-07-23)
„Sin is the insurrection and rebellion of the heart against God; it turns from Him, and turns against Him; it takes up arms against God.“
— Richard Alleine English clergyman 1611 - 1681
„If there had been any unbelief in Mary, that could not prevent God from accomplishing his work in any other way which he might choose. But she is called blessed, because she received by faith the blessing offered to her, and opened up the way to God for its accomplishment.“
— John Calvin French Protestant reformer 1509 - 1564
Commentary on Luke 1:45 http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_vol31/htm/ix.viii.htm.
„He came, bringing with Him the knowledge that God is a Being of infinite goodness; that the service required of mankind is not a service of form or ceremony, but a service of obedience.“
— James Anthony Froude English historian, novelist, biographer, and editor of Fraser's Magazine 1818 - 1894
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 62.
„He that planteth a tree is the servant of God,
He provideth a kindness for many generations,
And faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.“
— Henry Van Dyke American diplomat 1852 - 1933
The Friendly Trees.
— Watchman Nee Chinese church leader 1903 - 1972
„Many take the name of God after receiving blows in life. But he who can offer his mind like a flower at the feet of the Lord right up from childhood is indeed blessed.“
— Sarada Devi Hindu religious figure, spiritual consort of Ramakrishna 1853 - 1920
— Paul Tillich German-American theologian and philosopher 1886 - 1965
„When we rise out of [the night] into the new life and there begin to receive the signs, what can we know of that which — of him who gives them to us? Only what we experience from time to time from the signs themselves. If we name the speaker of this speech God, then it is always the God of a moment, a moment God.“
— Martin Buber German Jewish Existentialist philosopher and theologian 1878 - 1965