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Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don't complain. Billy Graham
We have used the Bible as if it were a mere special constable's handbook, an opium dose for keeping beasts of burden patient while they are overloaded. Charles Kingsley
This Bible is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people. John Wycliffe
Religion cannot and should not be understood by their texts alone. The lived history of a community of believers defines a religion; a great deal depends on how the custodians of the faith chose to interpret, defend and exploit or abuse its sacred texts. Hisham Melhem
Come up with a few examples from the Bible – or from history, or from whatever – that kind of show, you know, how when you've made a mess, you can do the best you can to clean it up, you make it right the best you can, and you keep going. Mark Sanford
The Talmud. the compendium of Jewish Law. is pretty much a bunch of dudes contradicting on another... Majoriie Ingall
The Confederate Cromwell Anonymous
From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies Book of Numbers
And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side... Book of Exodus
A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up pretty well, particularly lessons about fairness and gentleness. People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness. Science has nothing to do with it Kurt Vonnegut
The dispute between the Arabs and the Israelis is presented as a dispute over land, but it is not. It is over the incompatible religious differences in the utilization and control of the land. Sam Harris
The wrong and unjust interpretations of the New Testament relating to the Jewish people and their supposed guilt (In Christ's death) circulated for too long, engendering sentiments of hostility toward this people. This contributed to a lulling of consciences, so that when Europe was engulfed by a wave of persecutions inspired by a pagan anti-Semitism...the spiritual resistance of many was not what humanity had a right to expect from the disciples of Christ. John Paul II; Karol Jozef Wojtyla
The Bible is the inerrant ... word of the living God. It is absolutely infallible, without error in all matters pertaining to faith and practice, as well as in areas such as geography, science, history, etc. Jerry Falwell
The Jews will return to Palestine and make the desert bloom like a rose. Elias Cornelius Boudinot
I was drawn to the power of the African American religious tradition to spur social change. Out of necessity, the black church had to minister to the whole person. Out of necessity, the black church rarely had the luxury of separating individual salvation from collective salvation. It had to serve as the center of the community’s political, economic and social as well as spiritual life; it understood in an intimate way the Biblical call to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and challenge powers and principalities Barack Obama
The world would have peace if the men of politics would only follow the Gospel. Bridget of Sweden; Birgitta
I now pronounce you man and man. Trey Parker
God hath made of one blood all nations of men. Book of Acts
Avoid being in any way concerned in reaping the unrighteous profits of that unrighteous practice of dealing in Negroes and other slaves --– in direct violation of the gospel rule which teaches every one to do as he would be done by. Quakers
Say, some … that it is impossible to translate the scripture into English, some that it is not lawful for the lay people to have it in their mother tongue, some that it would make them all heretics — as it would no doubt from many things which they of long time have falsely taught, and that is the whole cause wherefore they forbid it, though they other cloaks pretend. And some, or rather every one, say that it would make them rise against the King… William Tyndale
I defy the Pope and all his laws. If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that drives the plough to know more of the Scripture, than he does. William Tyndale
… the ravings of a maniac Thomas Jefferson
The laws of Solon, of Numa of Lycurgus are dead while the even older laws of Moses still live. Athens, Sparta, Rome have perished and have left no children on earth. Zion, while destroyed did not lose its children;;; They no longer have leaders and yet they are a people, they no longer have a country and yet they are citizens. Jean Jacques Rousseau
The Law of Moses became the font and spring of constitutional government. William Blackstone
God's law is clear: standards of education are not set by government, but by God, the Bible, the home and the school. Stockwell Day
Money is power, and you ought to be reasonably ambitious to have it. You ought because you can do more good with it than you could do without it. Money printed your Bible, money builds your churches, money sends your missionaries, and money pays your preachers, and you would not have many of them, either, if you did not pay them. Russell H. Conwell
God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death Book of Matthew
He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death Book of Exodus
The Bible is … authoritative on everything of which it speaks. And it speaks of everything. Cornelius Van Til
No man … ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means. George Bernard Shaw
But I firmly believe that evolution be taught in the schools has the best witness of what modern science has taught us . To read the Bible literalistically about such issues disinvites us from using the best of recent scholarships Katharine Jefferts Schori
All that has ever happened or ever will happen is in the Torah. Elijah of Vilna; Elijah Ben Solomon; Vilna Gaon
God has not made it lawful for you to enter the houses of the People of the Book without their permission, or that you beat their women, or eat their fruits. Muhammad
At first we had the land and the white man had the Bible. Now we have the Bible and the white man has the land. Anonymous
We also forbid the laity to possess any of the books of the Old or New Testament. Anonymous
We the undersigned express sincere regret that researches into scientific truth are perverted by some in our time into occasion for casting doubt upon the truth and authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. Anonymous
The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity. John Adams
There being no longer a union of Church and State in any part of the country, so that religion must depend, under God, for its temporal support wholly upon the voluntary principle: it seemed of much consequence to show how vigorously, and how extensively, that principle has brought the influence of the Gospel to bear in every direction upon the objects within its legitimate sphere.... Robert Baird
I read the Gospel, and saw there that a great means of reaching perfection was the selling of one's goods, the sharing of them with the poor, the giving up of all care for this life, and the refusal to allow the soul to be turned by any sympathy towards things of earth Basil the Great
You might just as well read the Bible to a herd of buffaloes as to those fellows ... but they have a supreme respect for the logic ... embodied in Sharp's rifles . Henry Ward Beecher
Thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Book of Exodus
Your narrow and sectarian prejudices make war upon The Bible …. upon the Pentateuch, while facing the East with his head covered.] Boston Police Court
The Bible is not a history book. Robert Boston
The two most important documents in the world are the Bible and the Declaration of Independence. It is better that a whole generation pass away by violent death, than they be violated. John Brown
Of the six men who have done most to make America the wonder and the joy she is to all of us, not one could be the citizen of a government so constituted; for Washington and Franklin and Jefferson, certainly the three mightiest leaders in our early history, were heretics in their day, Deists, as men called them; and Garrison and Lincoln and Sumner, certainly the three mightiest in these later times, would all be disfranchised by the proposed amendment. Lincoln could not have taken the oath of office had such a clause been in the Constitution. John White Chadwick
To spread abroad among barbarians and heathen natives the knowledge of the Gospel seems to be highly preposterous, in so far as it anticipates, nay reverses, the order of nature. Church of Scotland
Those bastards [the press] can rip a single page out of the Bible, and if they play it right, they can make Jesus Christ sound like the devil. Ken Clawson
I wish, when the coat wears out that Eugene Debs wore at his trial [for espionage in 1918], I could have a little piece of it to keep in my Bible. Sarah Cleghorn
Resolved, That the fundamental principle of the Protestant reformation, the right of individual conscience and judgment in the interpretation of scripture, heretofore conceded to and exercised by man alone, should now be claimed by woman. Lucy Colman
Parochial schools are a menace, and the Bible in schools is an insult. Lucy Colman
I do not conceive God did ever ordain [democracy] as a fit government for either church or commonwealth …. As for monarchy and aristocracy, they are both clearly approved and directed in the Scriptures. John Cotton
I have at least, as I hope, done good service in aiding to overthrow the dogma of separate creations. Charles Darwin
The Bible says you should keep the Sabbath day holy. Well, in the Bible the penalty for not doing so is death. We don't go that far. We just give you a summons. Joseph DiMaria
You can and you can't You will and you won't You'll be damned if you do You'll be damned if you don't Lorenzo Dow
Civilized men arrived in the Pacific, armed with alcohol, syphilis, trousers, and the Bible. Havelock Ellis
If you lend money to any of my people that is poor by you, you shall not be a usurer to him, nor shall you lay upon him usury. Book of Exodus
It is not the Bible that produced religion and morals, but religion and morals that produced the Bible. William E. Gladstone
Well, he didn't write it. Ulysses S. Grant
Every injustice that has ever been fastened upon women in a Christian country has been “authorized by the Bible” and riveted and perpetuated by the pulpit. Helen H. Gardener; Alice Chenoweth Day
When the white man came we had the land and they had the Bibles; now they have the land and we have the Bibles. Dan George
Few intelligent Christians can still hold to the idea that the Bible is an infallible Book, that it contains no linguistic errors, no historical discrepancies, no antiquated scientific assumptions, not even bad ethical standards. Historical investigation and literary criticism have taken the magic out of the Bible and have made it a composite human book, written by many hands in different ages. Elmer G. Homrighausen
Every sect is a certificate that God has not plainly revealed his will to man. To each reader the Bible conveys a different meaning. Robert G. Ingersoll
Images are to be used on church walls so that those who are illiterate can read the Bible. Gregory the Great; Gregory I
If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast if from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Book of Matthew
Let God take care of history. Don’t force it by some sort of whacky alliance between the religious right and Israel in order to bring about some Biblical prophesy. Christopher Matthews
What terms could be found to express our horrors for the organizers of such a holocaust had it taken place in darkest Africa? Yet these ministers thought they were God service: they had scripture at their fingertips. Herbert Maxwell
Most people borrow an ideology by identifying with a social group ... [and] a body of sacred documents and heroes. Robert E. Lane
Of the ten crimes which Biblical Hebrew law punished by stoning, nine have ceased to be offenses in modern society. Joseph Lewis
Atomic energy bears that same duality ... expressed in the Book of Books thousands of years ago: "See, I have set before thee life and good, and death and evil ... therefore choose life" [see Deuteronomy 30:15, 19]. David Eli Lilienthal
My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them. Abraham Lincoln
My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures, have become clearer and stronger with advancing years and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them. Abraham Lincoln
That I am not a member of any Christian Church, is true; but I have never denied the truth of the Scriptures, and I have never spoken with intentional disrespect of religion in general, or any denomination of Christians in particular. Abraham Lincoln
As for me, I am proud of my close kinship with other animals. I take a jealous pride in my Simian ancestry. I like to think that I was once a magnificent hairy fellow living in the trees and that my frame has come down through geological times via sea jelly and worms and Amphioxus, Fish, Dinosaurs, and Apes. Who would exchange these for the pallid couple in the Garden of Eden? Bruce Frederick Cummings Barbellion; W. N. P. Barbellion
Bible is more reliable than tradition Jehovah's Witnesses
As regards the inferred premise that there is an absolute and invariable moral code by which the men of all ages and of all degrees of civilization are to be tried and convicted or acquitted, a very slender acquaintance with the history of ethics would appear sufficient to establish its fallacy. It would be overbold to suggest that morals are purely conventional and arbitrary, yet anthropological research has shown that there is scarce a sin condemned in the Decalogue which has not been or may not now be regarded rather as a virtue, or at least as an allowable practice, at some time or place among a portion of mankind Henry Charles Lea
Women can perform many duties which are useful in the church, but they were not called for priesthood. We are not to be blamed for this because this is not our teaching, it is the, Biblical teaching. If you can find one single example in the Bible, whether in the Old Testament or in the New Testament, we are ready to accept it. We are not against the words of God. We accept the words of God. But we cannot add new teachings. Shenouda III
You have condemned them [Protestants]. You have not refuted them. Where do you read in the Bible that Christ, the apostles, and the prophets imprisoned, banished, burned, or murdered anyone? Argula von Stauff
Our people are of the opinion that such views are contrary to the plan of redemption We do not propose," said the bishop, with quite gratuitous suggestiveness, "to treat you as the Inquisition treated Galileo. This is an age in which scientific atheism, having divested itself of the habiliments that most adorn and dignify humanity, walks abroad in shameless denudation. The arrogant and impertinent claims of this `science, falsely so called, have been so boisterous and persistent, that the unthinking mass have been sadly deluded; but our university alone has had the courage to lay its young but vigorous hand upon the mane of untamed Speculation and say, `We will have no more of this.' Vanderbuilt University
The giving up of witchcraft is in effect the giving up of the Bible. John Wesley
If the board of trustees have the manliness to dismiss me for cause, and declare the cause, I prefer that they should do it. No power on earth could persuade me to resign. Alexander Winchell
When we turn to the New Testament, we find not one single passage at all calculated to disturb the conscience of an honest slaveholder. Thomas Roderick Dew
And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death Book of Exodus
A bishop must be irreproachable, married only once, temperate, self-controlled, decent, hospitable, able to teach First Book of Timothy; Saint Paul
All books except the Old and New are to be brought to the cathedral-square where they will be burned to ashes. Jan Matthys
We affirm God's plan for marriage and sexual intimacy – one man, and one woman, for life. Homosexuality is not a "valid alternative lifestyle." The Bible condemns it as sin. It is not, however, unforgivable sin. The same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals. They, too, may become new creations in Christ. Southern Baptist Convention
Since no man was present when it pleased God to create the world, we must look for a reliable account of creation to God's own record, found in God's own book, the Bible. Lutheran Church
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife. Book of Ephesians
Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant. Book of Deuteronomy
Where the Spirit is, there is liberty. II Book of Corinthians
And the Lord said unto Samuel. Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee Book of Samuel I
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor Book of Romans
If a free negro in North Carolina attempt to teach a slave to read, or if he give to a slave a religious tract, a spelling book or the bible, he may be imprisoned or take thirty-nine lashes! North Carolina
The hostility of several Popes and Councils to the circulation of vernacular translations of the Bible implies the existence of such translations, and could not prevent their publication, as the numerous German editions prove. Dutch, French, and Italian versions also appeared among the earliest prints. Philip Schaff
Nature is rich; but everywhere man, the heir of nature, is poor. Never in this happy country or elsewhere except in the Land of Miracle, where "they did all eat and were filled"-has there been enough of anything for the people. Never since time began have all the sons and daughters of men been all warm, and all filled, and all shod and roofed. Henry Demarest Lloyd
The view that the sun stands motionless at the center of the universe is foolish, philosophically false, utterly heretical, because it is contrary to Holy Scripture. The view that the earth is not the center of the universe and even has a daily rotation is philosophically false, and at least an erroneous belief. Catholic Church
It is unfortunate for Christianity that it was founded on the book of Genesis. A scientific fact is higher authority today than a religious fable. Science has found so many facts that contradict the stories of Genesis that to accept these stories as divine truth is to make falsehood the word of God. Lemuel K. Washburn
Civil Propriety is the Curse, is manifest thus, Those that Buy and Sell Land, and are landlords, have got it either by Oppression, or Murther, or Theft; and all landlords lives in the breach of the Seventh and Eighth Commandements, Thous shalt not steal, nor kill. Gerrard Winstanley
Step by step, we will bestow upon the citizens of Israel the laws of the Torah and we will turn Halakha into the binding law of the nation….We must bring back the heritage of our fathers to the nation of Israel. The Torah has the complete solution to all of the questions we are dealing with. Yaakov Neeman
When as it was the intention of others to keep us forever in darkness, by our faithfulness to the Law we shall in time prove to the nations that God has not forsaken Ethiopia. Robert Athlyi Rogers
In responding to OUR COUNTRY’S CALL for more men, let us humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, and so deport us that he will dwell with us, guide our counsel, go out before us, and strengthen our hearts in the shock of battle. I therefore propose to you, my countrymen, to raise a company, every man of which shall take his BIBLE with his musket William Wigton Wallace
That none be permitted to preach, or interpret the Scriptures, unless he be a priest, or deacon at the least, admitted thereunto according to the laws of this realm John Whitgift
Adopt the laws of God…until there is time to frame better Vermont
The objective is to convince people that Darwinism is inherently atheistic, thus shifting the debate from creationism vs. evolution to the existence of God vs. the non-existence of God. From there people are introduced to 'the truth' of the Bible and then 'the question of sin' and finally 'introduced to Jesus Robert Boston
There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally. Learned Hand
Do not suppose the statements of the Prophets to be true; they are all fabrications. Abdallah Al-Maarri
The entire system of government and administration, together with necessary laws, lies ready for you. If the administration of the country calls for taxes, Islam has made the necessary provision; and if laws are needed, Islam has established them all. There is no need for you, after establishing a government, to sit down and draw up laws …. There is not a single topic in human life for which Islam has not provided instruction and established a norm. Ruhollah Khomeini
Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but--more frequently than not --struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God. Martin Luther
I cannot forbid a person to marry several wives, for it does not contradict Scripture. Martin Luther
When the Missionaries arrived, the Africans had the Land and the Missionaries had the Bible. They taught us how to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, they had the land and we had the Bible. Jomo Kenyatta
The newspaper is in all its literalness the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct Walter Lippmann
Unless timely care be used to prevent it we shall not have bibles for our Schools, & families, & for the publick Worship of God in our Churches. We therefore, think it our Duty to our Country & to the Churches of Christ to lay this design before this honourable house, humbly requesting that under your care, & by your encouragement, a Copy of the holy Bible may be printed, so as to be sold nearly as cheap as the Common Bibles, formerly imported from Britain & Ireland William Marshall; John Ewing; Francis Alison
I'm not intolerant. I just know what it says in The Scriptures. Jesse Helms
My old friend Judge Johnson used to say, "The Presidency is unlike the Kingdom of Heaven—those who seek shall never find. Rutherford B. Hayes
The Bible nowhere prohibits war. In the Old Testament we find war and even conquest positively commanded, and although war was raging in the time of Christ and His apostles, still they said not a word of its unlawfulness and immorality. Henry Wager Halleck
It is the common understanding at the South, that slaves do not constitute families. It is the common understanding of the country at large. The American Bible Society, many years ago, proposed to supply each family in the United States with a Bible. After a long effort, it was announced by the Society that the great work was completed. It was afterwards ascertained that no part of the supply went to the then two and a half millions of slaves. The Society made no apology for its mistake, nor acknowledged that it had committed any. Public sentiment in general (with exception of abolitionists) attributed to them no error. The nation knew nothing about families of slaves! William Goodell
Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. Muhammad
God said that the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood. John Shimkus
The burden of proof is on those who don't believe that "Genesis" was right, and there was a creation, and that Creator is still involved. Richard Smalley
Somebody’s got to stand up against these experts. John Donald McLeroy
Biblical teaching is clear. It always contests political power. Jacques Ellul
The Christians wrested the Old Testament out of the hands of the Jews and used it as a weapon against them. Karlheinz Deschner
Perverts the Prophets and purloins the Psalms Lord George Gordon
The meek are a hell of a long way from inheriting the earth. Christopher Vokes
They spare the rod, and spoyle the child. Ralph Venning
When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said "Let us pray." We closed our eyes. When we opened them, we had the Bible and they had the land. Desmond Tutu
If we think every word in every holy book is true, then we have created an idol. Leo Tolstoy
If the word of God and scholarship disagree, then to Hell with scholarship! Billy Sunday
Tampering with the market system to redistribute the wealth or assure that the poor are protected is labeled "socialism." By these standards Jesus was a socialist. David Chandler
Within a decade, maybe two or three, Christians will come around to treating gays no differently than they now treat other groups whom they previously persecuted — women, Jews, blacks — but not because of some new interpretation of a biblical passage, or because of a new revelation from God. These changes will come about the same way that they always do: by the oppressed minority fighting for the right to be treated equally, and by a few enlightened members of the oppressing majority supporting their cause. Then what will happen is that Christians will take credit for the civil liberation of gays, dig through the historical record and find a few Christian bloggers or preachers who had the courage and the character to stand up for Gay rights when their fellow Christians would not, and then cite those as evidence that were it not for Christianity gays would not be equal Michael Shermer
Make the study of the Torah your chief occupation; speak little, but accomplish much. Shammai
Scrutamini scripturas [Latin for “Let us look at the scriptures.”). These two words have undone the world. John Selden
Christianity has found its triumphs and shown its fruits in every nation and tribe upon the globe; and its results have been in every case the same. Virtue, social order, prosperity, blessedness, the elevation and improvement, in all respects, of the human life, are the uniform and exclusive inheritance of those who receive the gospel. Julius Hawley Seelye
I would beg the wise and learned fathers (of the church) to consider with all diligence the difference which exists between matters of mere opinion and matters of demonstration. ... [I]t is not in the power of professors of the demonstrative sciences to alter their opinions at will, so as to be now of one way of thinking and now of another. ... Demonstrated conclusions about things in nature of the heavens, do not admit of being altered with the same ease as opinions to what is permissible or not, under a contract, mortgage, or bill of exchange. Galileo Galilei
Thus identified with astronomy, in proclaiming truths supposed to be hostile to Scripture, Geology has been denounced as the enemy of religion. The twin sisters of terrestrial and celestial physics have thus been joint-heirs of intolerance and persecution—unresisting victims in the crusade which ignorance and fanaticism are ever waging against science. When great truths are driven to make an appeal to reason, knowledge becomes criminal, and philosophers martyrs. Truth, however, like all moral powers, can neither be checked nor extinguished. When compressed, it but reacts the more. It crushes where it cannot expand—it burns where it is not allowed to shine. David Brewster
You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed Book of Leviticus
Every great scientific truth goes through three states: first, people say it conflicts with the Bible; next, they say it has been discovered before; lastly, they say they always believed it. Louis Agassiz
it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God Book of Matthew
Jefferson is a profane philosopher and an infidel. Christians! It is thus that a man, whom you are expected to elevate to the chief magistracy, insults yourselves and your Bible! Dr. John Mason
During many ages there were witches. The Bible said so. The Bible commanded that they should not be allowed to live. Therefore the Church, after eight hundred years, gathered up its halters, thumb-screws, and firebrands, and set about its holy work in earnest. She worked hard at it night and day during nine centuries and imprisoned, tortured, hanged, and burned whole hordes and armies of witches, and washed the Christian world clean with their foul blood. Then it was discovered that there was no such thing as witches, and never had been. One does not know whether to laugh or to cry.....There are no witches. The witch text remains; only the practice has changed. Mark Twain
So much blood has been shed by the Church because of an omission from the Gospel: "Ye shall be indifferent as to what your neighbor's religion is." Not merely tolerant of it, but indifferent to it. Divinity is claimed for many religions; but no religion is great enough or divine enough to add that new law to its code. Mark Twain
… when a Library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Bible lying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn't anger me. Mark Twain
There's nobody for me to attack in this matter even with soft and gentle ridicule--and I shouldn't ever think of using a grown up weapon in this kind of a nursery. Above all, I couldn't venture to attack the clergymen whom you mention, for I have their habits and live in the same glass house which they are occupying. I am always reading immoral books on the sly, and then selfishly trying to prevent other people from having the same wicked good time. Mark Twain
The Christian's Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same; but the medical practice changes...The world has corrected the Bible. The church never corrects it… Mark Twain
More than two hundred death penalties are gone from the law books, but the texts that authorized them remain [in the Bible.] Mark Twain
Men are idolaters, and want something to look at and kiss and hug, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will; and if you don't make it of wood, you must make it of words. Oliver Wendell Holmes
All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies from the pit of Hell. And lies to keep me and all the people who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior…. The earth is about 9,000 years old it was made in six days. Paul Collins Broun Jr.
What the evolutionist believes, on the basis of a mass of what seems to him un-refuted and irrefutable scientific evidence, is that the plants and animals and man and woman were not created by some sudden supernatural treatment of clay and ribs, but that they have slowly and gradually come into existence through the orderly processes of Nature extending over much time. He sees a fine and awe-inspiring order throughout Nature, some of which can be discovered and, in a measure, understood. He sees in this order, this immense capacity for natural being and doing and becoming, a beauty and majesty in Nature which cannot be transcended in conception. In recognizing the creation of man as its supreme achievement, he sees no belittling of man, but a proof of the extraordinary potentialities of this natural order. In organic evolution he sees just what the name signifies, the unfolding of organized matter, the outrolling of the possibilities of life. Vernon Lyman Kellogg
We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism. Benjamin Rush
Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You didn't place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible. Jamie B. Raskin
What security have you for your own safety if every man of vile temper, of low instincts, of base purpose, can find in his own heart a higher law than that which is the rule of society, the Constitution, and the Bible? These higher-law preachers should be tarred and feathered, and whipped by those they have thus instigated. This, my friends, is what was called in good old revolutionary times, Lynch Law. It is sometimes the very best law, because it deals summary justice upon those who would otherwise escape from all other kinds of punishment. Jefferson Davis
The grand old Book of God still stands; and this old earth, the more its leaves are turned over and pondered, the more it will sustain and illustrate the Sacred word. James Dwight Dana
Judaism is an intellectually based religion, and the single most important theme is that of study …. Judaism, there are 613 biblical commandments, and the Talmud says that the chief commandment of all is study. Norman Lamm
The most high over all the earth gave kings at first, to the Jews (as he sends war) in anger, and as a judgment, and it may be affirmed, that upon the whole, they have been a scourge to the inhabitants of the earth ever since Peter Whitney
… infinite wisdom had seen fit to put that people under a more excellent form of government, than any nation has ever had. God himself was their King. And they might have been long happy under a government, in which, the Ruler of the world condescended himself to execute the office of Chief-Magistrate. But such was their impiety and folly, that in many instances they greatly abused and perverted the privileges they were favoured with. Samuel Williams
With the view of operating on the sentiments of a religious people, scripture was pressed into his [Paine’s] service, and the powers, and even the name of a king was rendered odious in the eyes of the numerous colonists who had read and studied the history of the Jews, as recorded in the Old Testament. The folly of that people in revolting from a government, instituted by Heaven itself, and the oppressions to which they were subjected in consequence of their lusting after kings to rule over them, afforded an excellent handle for prepossessing the colonists in favour of republican institutions, and prejudicing them against kingly government. David Ramsey
the Bible is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently Albert Einstein
… we strangle democracy by letting a fossilizing process harden the Constitution into a cocoon which must be violently broken because it could not grow with the life within. Life implies growth, and the Constitution was never meant to be used as the Bible was by our most puritanical Puritans. The letter killeth. Do these people really want to be ruled by a frozen document? Eleanor Roosevelt
I am told that in certain places it is being whispered that the real reason for these droughts is the displeasure of the Lord because human beings are trying to plan production and distribution. This is rather startling for out of the Old Testament one can take one's first lesson in planning ahead. They had famine years even then and suffered until Joseph used his intelligence and put aside enough to feed the people in those years. Our problems are different today, but they still require people to use their own intelligence. There is an old saying—The Lord helps those who help themselves. Eleanor Roosevelt
Knowing the horror that most women have of anything approaching irreverence, the Bible has been called out to play the part of a scarecrow on the rich fields of men’s monopolies…Men have had the management of all things human for six thousand years…Has the result been so eminently successful that we need dread a little change? Victoria Woodhull
The increasing influence of the Bible is marvelously great, penetrating everywhere. It carries with it a tremendous power of freedom and justice guided by a combined force of wisdom and goodness. Thomas More
Evolutionary Darwinists need to understand we are taking the dinosaurs back. This is a battle cry to recognize the science in the revealed truth of God., Did you know you can ask very simple questions to the scientists who claim that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago? You could say to them, in a very nice way of course, "Excuse me, were you there?" You are actually asking them, "Were you there to see the dinosaurs when they first came into existence? Were you there to see them alive? Were you there to see them die out?" Obviously, they weren't there, so how could they really know everything about them? Ken Ham
Instead of holding on to the Biblical view that we are made in the image of God, we come to realize that we are made in the image of the monkey. Lin Yutang
This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers. And he will take the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants. He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants. And he will take your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants. And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day.” I Book of Samuel
… they are terrified lest the Constitution be interpreted as it was meant to be interpreted in each age according to that period's own ideas instead of those of the past generation. It seems to me it would be more intelligent to be afraid lest we strangle democracy by letting a fossilizing process harden the Constitution into a cocoon which must be violently broken because it could not grow with the life within. Life implies growth, and the Constitution was never meant to be used as the Bible was by our most puritanical Puritans. Eleanor Roosevelt
Happily I had very early learned the fallacy of building much on logic and verbal argument. Single sets of truths I knew to be as little conclusive in theology as in physics; and, in one as in the other, no theory to be worth anything, however plausibly backed up with Scripture texts or facts, which was not gathered bona fide from the analysis of all the attainable phenomena, and verified wherever possible by experiment. James Anthony Froude
The Moslems say their Koran was written by God. The Hindus say the Vedas were; we say the Bible was, and we are but interested witnesses in deciding absolutely and exclusively for ourselves James Anthony Froude
This is my compass, my North Star, it gives me comfort and guidance to do what’s best for Arkansas. The Bible is not a rule book for political issues … everybody can see it differently Mark Pryor
These call themselves the Supreme Court? They're worthless. They should be put in a bottom court … for them [God] created all of the torments in the world. Everything that [the people of] Israel suffer from, is just for these evil people. Empty and reckless... What do they know? One of our children of 7–8 years knows better than they how to learn Torah. Who says that the nation wants such judges, such evil [ones]... They have no religion and no law. All of them have sex with Niddot. All of them desecrate the Sabbath. Ovadia Yosef
There must be no inventing or recounting to the people of new things … uncanonical and according to their own taste rather than the Holy Scriptures. Roman Catholic Church
At the end of every 7th year you must make a remission of debts…. Everyone who holds a pledge shall return the pledge to the person indebted to him. He must not press a fellow countryman for payment, for the Lord’s year of remission has been declared. You may press foreigners; but if it is a fellow countryman that holds anything of yours, you just renounce all claim on it. Book of Deuteronomy
If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. Book of Matthew
This fiftieth year is sacred—it is a time of freedom and of celebration when everyone will receive back their original property, and slaves will return home to their families. Book of Leviticus
Nothing but such a law as this, well-practiced, can secure even the temporal peace of the world. Thomas Allen
The [ancient] Jews fought one another over their conflicting interpretations of their Holy Book, and their disagreements about doctrine and matters of ritual Petrus Cunaeus
If the Apostles and the writers of the gospels were to enjoy a brief stay on earth and return to the company of men, they would be astonished at how many different analyses and approaches were being used to interpret their books, and how many bizarre constructions had been assembled from the trivial notions of the sophists. Petrus Cunaeus
In the Biblical word view, God is regarded as the owner of all things and is therefore empowered to impose whatever conditions he wishes on the use of his property by human beings. Many of these conditions involve, for example, care for the poor and indigent, but precisely these are legal obligations imposed by a rightful owner on his tenants, they are no more discretionary than say, the payment of debts. The Hebrew Bible develops a theory of property according to which there is one and only one owner. Eric Nelson
Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. Isaac Asimov
Science is uncertain. Theories are subject to revision; observations are open to a variety of interpretations, and scientists quarrel amongst themselves. This is disillusioning for those untrained in the scientific method, who thus turn to the rigid certainty of the Bible instead. There is something comfortable about a view that allows for no deviation and that spares you the painful necessity of having to think. Isaac Asimov
No actual tyrant known to history has ever been guilty of one-hundredth of the crimes, massacres, and other atrocities attributed to the Deity in the Bible. Steve Allen
I think it’s very important that churches get involved and that Christians follow the dictates of biblical principles in casting their vote. I think it’s clear that God has a position on many of the things we deem political today, from life to theft to the doctrine of covetousness, which by the way seems to be the promotion of the left. You know, they talk about ‘income inequality,’ well what is that but covetousness? So how could somebody support that cause if they’re biblical believing Christians? Howard Kaloogian
I have endeavored to dissipate these religious superstitions from the minds of women, and base their faith on science and reason, where I found for myself at last that peace and comfort I could never find in the Bible and the church. Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Charles Sumner didn’t believe in the Bible because he didn’t write it. Ulysses S. Grant
Through the reading of popular science books, I soon reached the conviction that much of the stories in the Bible could not be true. Albert Einstein
How many lives have been lost by men who believe God had commanded them to do so? William Jennings Bryan
The Bible states it. It must be so. William Jennings Bryan
The only part of evolution in which any considerable interest is felt is evolution applied to man. A hypothesis in regard to the rocks and plant life does not affect the philosophy upon which one's life is built. Evolution applied to fish, birds and beasts would not materially affect man's view of his own responsibilities except as the acceptance of an unsupported hypothesis as to these would be used to support a similar hypothesis as to man. The evolution that is harmful—distinctly so—is the evolution that destroys man's family tree as taught by the Bible and makes him a descendant of the lower forms of life. This ... is a very vital matter. William Jennings Bryan
Why, these men would destroy the Bible on evidence that would not convict a habitual criminal of a misdemeanor. They found a tooth in a sand pit in Nebraska with no other bones about it, and from that one tooth decided that it was the remains of the missing link. William Jennings Bryan
The Koran is a vast, vague book, filled with poetry and contradictions (much like the Bible). You can find in it condemnations of war and incitements to struggle, beautiful expressions of tolerance and stern strictures against unbelievers. Quotations from it usually tell us more about the person who selected the passages than about Islam. Fareed Zakaria
The Bible is authoritative, without error, and inspired by God.. Ken Ham
The Bible says God created everything in 6 days. He created people and land animals on Day 6, and Adam was the first man. He was created on Day 6. By adding up the ages of Adam, his sons, their sons, and so on, we see that the earth is 6,000 years old. Ken Ham
If there were no Adam and Eve and we’re all evolved from apelike ancestors and there’s homosexuality in the animal world and if Genesis is mythology, then you can justify any behavior you want. Ken Ham
The Bible does not ban abortion, nor did the founding fathers. Katha Politt
He who spares the rod. Book of Proverbs
The habit of regarding the Bible as historically accurate dates only to the Protestant Reformation: That outlook has since passed to the Muslim world. Karen Armstrong
Every book in the City other than the Bible shall be burned.. Jan Mathias
Revealed religion had no weight with me. Benjamin Franklin
A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every district ... are the principle support of virtue, morality and civil liberty. Benjamin Franklin
Planned Parenthood is teaching kids to fornicate, teaching people to have adultery, every kind of bestiality, homosexuality, lesbianism – everything that the Bible condemns Pat Robertson
Do you tell me that the Bible is against our rights? Then I say that our claims do not rest upon a book written no one knows when, or by whom. Do you tell me what Paul or Peter says on the subject? Then again I reply that our claims do not rest on the opinions of any one, not even on those of Paul and Peter, . . . Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came, if they are in opposition to human rights, are nothing but dead letters Ernestine Rose
The astronomer does not portray the heavenly motions, or lay down the laws which govern them, according to the Jewish scriptures nor does the geologist think it necessary to modify the results of experience according to the contents of the Mosaic writings. I conclude then, that the subject is open for discussion Sir William Lawrence, 1st Baronet
You shall not give up to his master a slave[a] who has escaped from his master to you. He shall dwell with you, in your midst … You shall not wrong him. Book of Deuteronomy
If you find the light of Scripture clearer than the light of reason (which also is given us by divine wisdom), you are doubtless right in your own conscience in making your reason yield. For my part, since I plainly confess that I do not understand the Scriptures, though I have spent many years upon them, and since I know that when once I have a firm proof I cannot by any course of thought come to doubt of it, I rest wholly upon that which my understanding commends to me, without any suspicion that I am deceived therein, or that the Scriptures, even though I do not search them, can speak against it. For one truth cannot conflict with another. Baruch Spinoza
I am of opinion that the revelation of God can only be established by the wisdom of the doctrine, not by miracles, or in other words by ignorance. Baruch Spinoza
Man can, indeed, act contrarily to the decrees of God, as far as they have been written like laws in the minds of ourselves or the prophets, but against that eternal decree of God, which is written in universal nature ... Baruch Spinoza
If the daughter of any priest … profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt with fire. Book of Leviticus
If a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness; they shall be burned with fire, both he and they; that they be no wickedness among you. Book of Leviticus
Tamar, thy daughter-in-law, hath played the harlot; and moreover, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burned. Book of Genesis
And if a man has committed a crime punishable by death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is accused by God; you shall not defile your land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance. Book of Deuteronomy
The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. Book of Psalms
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Book of Psalms
In the last decade homophobia has been reduced to the margins of Israeli society, but there it is entrenched. Homophobic discourse is still with us. We see it in inciting rabbis who try to use Torah and Halacha (Jewish law) to legitimize their homophobia. Anat Hoffman
The representations of all the animals being brought before Adam in the first instance and subsequently of their being collected in the ark... are zoologically impossible. Sir William Lawrence, 1st Baronet
There shall never be any bond slavery, villeinage, nor captivity among us, unless it be lawful captives, taken in just wars, and such strangers as willingly sell themselves or are sold to us, and these shall have all the liberties and Christian usages which the law of God established in Israel requires. Massachusetts
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. Book of John
On what biblical or historical grounds has the inspiration of God been limited to the written documents that the church now calls its Bible? . . . If the Spirit inspired only the written documents of the first century, does that mean that the same Spirit does not speak today . . . about matters that are of significant concern? Lee Martin McDonald

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