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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration,
quotes and religious resources. Faith and religion are precious gifts that bless.
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At human birth the brain weighs, on average, 14 ounces. It usually reaches
its maximum size at age 15 (proving the size of the brain has nothing to do
with intelligence level). At its maximum size, the brain weighs an average of
46 ounces, slightly less than three pounds. In liquid measurement, that's
about a Big Gulp from the soda machine at the local gas station ... The old
theory was that we only used about 10 percent of our brain capacity. If that
were true and we only start out with a Big Gulp in the first place, we're down
to about a Quarter Pounder with cheese by the time we're done. And we
think we're going to comprehend the infinite, decipher the mysteries of the
millenniums, we're going to answer all the questions? Right!
Isn't it logically impossible that we as finite creatures
could ever fully understand the infinite?
Citation: John Stumbo
"God's Sovereignty: The Ultimate Question,"
from Preaching Today
Excerpted from "Perfect Illustrations"
Tyndale House Publishers, 2002
Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work
before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's
duties will be the best preparation for the hours
and ages that will follow it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American essayist, poet and leader of Transcendenalist movement
And in the fourth watch of the night (Jesus)
came to them, walking on the sea... Peter said
to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come
to You on the water." And He said, "Come!" And
Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the
water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the
wind, he became frightened, and beginning to
sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immedi-
ately, Jesus stretched out His hand and took
hold of him, and said to him, "You of
little faith, why did you doubt?"
Matthew 14: 25, 28-31
New American Standard Bible
Faith speaks God's promises of what it should be,
ignoring the evidence of all it may see.
From "Angel's Wings and Secret Things"
When Faith Transcends Doubt
Mother Teresa--Bereft of Faith?
The missionary who brought light to those in deepest darkness--
herself in darkness? A new book reveals the inner spiritual turmoil
of the nun so revered for her good deeds, and in its revealing
an important message for humanity.
That a religious leader supposedly beyond the clutches of doubt
wrestled so personally and persistently with it, touches people
religious and nonreligious--because doubts of all sorts are
so common to the human condition.
Her refusal to give in also inspires only because of the immense
good that came from her perseverance, but because it is only persistent
striving and loving that can relieve the burdens of the human experience.
Imagine what the world would be like if doubt--of faith, of ability,
of purpose--were allowed the upper hand...
But the case of Mother Teresa should make her woks feel more
accessible to people. If "the saint of the gutters" was tormented
by personal failings, then those who feel less saintly can
also commit to acts of charity.
Mother Teresa may have believed she had no faith,
but was not her persistence an act of extreme faith?
...Persistence for persistence's sake is not a strong motivator.
It is belief in a greater cause, in goodness itself, that carries
people past doubt, past hesitancy, to the fulfillment of
their missions--on a small or grand scale.
Excerpted from "The doubting Mother Teresa,"
The Christian Science Monitor
August 30, 2007
And now, the Last Word:
My soul, be at rest in God alone,
from whom comes my hope.
God alone is my rock and my salvation,
my secure height; I shall not fall.
Psalm 62: 6-7
New American Bible
What strikes the oyster does not damage the pearl.
Persian Sufi poet and theologian
Book of Psalms