The Substance of Faith

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Quotes on Sacrifice – Part One

This coming Sunday we will worship around the theme of sacrifice. The meditation text will be printed in the order of worship and is already online, down the main page to the right.

The internet searches I performed on “sacrifice” produced dull and repetitive results.   So here are some insights on the concept of sacrifice from my quotation library

1.   Sacrifice of self is a feature of all rich and purposeful life. The moment a person cares intensely for ideals he has started on a way of life that makes great demands and yet it is also a way of great joy. Nobody who knows would ever prefer the way of ease and quick reward.

–Rufus Jones from The World Within – p.86

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2.  The religion that costs nothing, that demands no hard sacrifices of other things, that does not lift the life out of low-level motives, is worth little and makes little difference to the life.  The type of religion on the other hand, which costs the all, which makes the cross the central fact that dominates the life as its one driving power, becomes an incalculable force and turns many to salvation.

— Rufus Jones, from The World Within — p. 43

 3.  Quoting F. von Hugel:  The mystery revealed, in a unique degree and form, in Christ’s life, is really a universal spiritual-human law; the law of suffering and sacrifice, as the one way to joy and possession, which has existed, though veiled till now, since the foundation of the world.

–Evelyn Underhill from The School or Charity — p. 51

 Love, after all, makes the whole difference between an execution and a martyrdom.

–Underhill — p. 55

The Church names the sixth Deadly Sin as Sloth.  It is the sin which believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, loves nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and only remains alive because there is nothing it would die for.

–Dorothy Sayers from Creed or Chaos? —  p. 108


“The difference between an admirer and a follower still remains, no matter where you are. The admirer never makes any true sacrifices. He always plays it safe. Though in words, phrases, songs, he is inexhaustible about how highly he prizes Christ, he renounces nothing, gives up nothing, will not reconstruct his life, will not be what he admires, and will not let his life express what it is he supposedly admires.”

― from Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard


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