Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.
Augustine of Hippo
The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.
Augustine of Hippo
God would never permit evil, if He could not bring good out of evil.
Augustine of Hippo
To seek the highest good is to live well.
Men have never been good, they are not good and they never will be good.
Baylor University Media Communications
In 2006 Baylor University took a national survey to evaluate how people viewed God. They found that only 23 percent of people viewed him as benevolent or loving, while 32 percent saw the Almighty as authoritarian, 16 percent as critical and 24 percent as distant. Five percent claimed to be atheist.
“Losing My Religion? No, Says Baylor Religion Survey,” Baylor University Media Communications, September 11, 2006
Henry Ward Beecher
A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good. Now and then a man should be shaken to the core with indignation over things evil.
Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false.
The word “good” has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.
Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.
Badness is only spoiled goodness.
If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.
How goodness heightens beauty!
The basic human drive is the desire for the Good.
James Bryan Smith
What is goodness? Goodness is that which works for the benefit or betterment of another. If, as Aquinas said, beauty is that which, when seen, pleases, then goodness is that which, when experienced, benefits.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good.
God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.
God’s goodness is a light that radiates through all his other attributes. It is the reason his omnipotence (possession of all power), omniscience (possession of all knowledge), and sovereignty (possession of all control) are a comfort instead of a terror.
[Beauty] “is goodness made manifest to the senses.
Dallas Willard, chapel talk, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA, September 12, 2011, www .youtube.com/watch?v=XzzzH9z0SRE.
[T]here is no goodness that is not bodily and realistic and local.
I wish you all good things. Live your life, live your life, live your life.
We must be sure of the infinite good that is done to us by our Master, Jesus, the King, in order that we may be ravished in love with our God and inflamed with a right affection to obey Him, and keep ourselves strictly in awe of Him.
Good people will mirror goodness in us, which is why we love them so much, Not so mature people will mirror their own unlived and confused life unto us, which is why they confuse and confound us so much…”
Good people don’t go to heaven, forgiven people do.
Where love is the compelling power, there is no sense of strain or conflict or bondage in doing what is right: the man or woman who is compelled by Jesus’ love and empowered by His Spirit does the will of God from the heart.
“I’m not a good person” is a shockingly countercultural thing to say. We all want to think we’re “clean” and that we’ve avoided whatever “big sins” are on our own personal lists. But we trust ourselves too much. We are inconsistent. We don’t even live up to our own stated beliefs. (Just think about all the things you’ve faulted others for.
Every one of the great revolutionists, from Isaiah to Shelley, have been optimists. They have been indignant, not about the badness of existence, but about the slowness of men in realizing its goodness
[The chief aim of Christianity] was to give room for good things to run wild.
Addison D. Bevere
We were created for goodness and perfection. That’s why we innovate, progress, and change. But if our progress loses its purpose, it cannibalizes our humanity, leaving us distracted and disoriented.
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