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Welcome To The Religion Network!
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. However you worship, I hope this
site enhances your journey. Let us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.

And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination
of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.

Luke 1:50-52
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


Pride attaches undue importance to the superiority of one's status
in the eyes of others; And shame is fear of humiliation at one's
inferior status in the estimation of others. When one sets his heart
on being highly esteemed and achieves such rating, then he is
automatically involved in fear of losing his status.

Lao Tzu (600 BC-531 BC)
Chinese philosopher and founder of Taoism


As long as a man's soul is lifted up
with pride, he will never truly know
anything about faith, and never
come to live by faith.

C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
British Reformed Baptist preacher

It is a terrible thing that the worst of all the vices can smuggle
itself into the very centre of our religious life. But you can see
why. The other, and less bad, vices come from the devil working
on us through our animal nature. But this does not come through
our animal nature at all. It comes direct from hell. It is purely
spiritual: consequently it is far more subtle and deadly...

...(M)any a man has overcome cowardice, or lust, or ill-temper,
by learning to think that they are beneath his dignity -- that is,
by Pride. The devil laughs. He is perfectly content to see you
becoming chaste and brave and self-controlled provided, all the
time, he is setting up in you the Dictatorship of Pride -- just as
he would be quite content to see your *chilblains cured if he was
allowed, in reutrn, to give you cancer. For Pride is a spiritual
cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love,
or contentment, or even common sense.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar

*Chilblains are ulcerations of the digits and toes;
symptoms include inflammation and redness


We may not go around blowing our own trumpet,
but we can be boastful in a much subtler, more insidious
way. When we are angry, we are being boastful. Insecure
people often get a dubious satisfaction in finding fault with
others like this... Whenever you find someone who is not as
skillful as you are, or as efficient, or as secure, instead of
criticizing or comparing, the best service you can
render is to help and support.

Excerpted from "Love Never Faithleth,"
by Eknath Easwaran
Nilgiri Press, 1996

An angry man stirs up strife,
And a furious man abounds in transgression.
A man's pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor.

Proverbs 29: 22-23
The Holy Bible
New King James Version


I pointed out a moment ago that the more pride one had, the more
one disliked pride in others. In fact, if you want to find out how proud
you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, "How much do I dislike it when
other people snub me, or refuse to take notice of me, or shove their oar
in, or patronise me, or show off?" The point is that each person's
pride is in competition with every one else's pride.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar

If you feel you have no faults,
rest assured you have one.

If you feel your faults and defects
prevent you from seeing the faults
and defects of others,
you may be the only contact with God
someone may have today.

Be proud of that.

Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon and Schuster, 1998

And now, the Last Word:

Make me pure, Lord:
Thou art holy;
Make me meek, Lord;
Thou wert lowly.

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)
English; one of the finest Victorian poets

































































Bonus quote:

No one ever choked to death swallowing his pride.


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