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“Reading the Scriptures, studying the church fathers, attending worship, praying, and meditating are all good and godly things. But they are not ends in themselves. When we engage in these holy activities, our sincere and fervent goal should be to encounter the Lord Jesus Christ. We may be the most informed and even enthusiastic students of the Word. We may be devoted to the teachings of the church. We may excel in Christianity as Paul excelled in Judaism. But all that we think and do as Christians are just dabbling in sacred things unless it leads to and sustains a heart relationship to Christ.” (Fr. Basil)


“Every rule, from a prayer rule to the rules of grammar, exist for our sake and not the other way around. Every rule, particularly as we confront it from within our shame, has the potential to hide us from ourselves, in which case, it drags us into darkness. Christ scandalized the rule-bound practices of the Pharisees of His time. He overlooked their requirements for the washing of hands (which was a matter of ritual purity rather than health). His disciples plucked grains in a field on the Sabbath in order to eat. No doubt, there were many such practices not recorded in the gospels. In each case, when questioned, Christ points past the practice to the heart itself. His rule, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath,” pulled those around Him out of their bondage to mere morality (rules) towards the true, ontological, state of the soul.” (Father Stephen Freeman)


“Building the Church, of which we are it’s living stones (1 Peter 2:4-5), has far more to do with loving one another than it does with the detailed or obsessive keeping of rubrics. Our building up the church has everything to do with us as living stones, not with brick and mortar buildings. We are to love each other more than we love rules and regulations – this is precisely the lesson Christ offered the Jews, and they hated it and Him for it. It is through love of God and of neighbor that we build the Church.” (Fr. Ted Bobosh)


“Putting on Christ” . . . is not one among many jobs a Christian has to do; and it is not a sort of special exercise for the top class. It is the whole of Christianity. Christianity offers nothing else at all…In Christianity truth is not a philosophical concept nor is it a theory, a teaching, or system, but rather, it is the living theanthropic hypostasis - the historical Jesus Christ.” (C.S. Lewis, Saint Justin Popovich)


“Christianity became known as the Way based on Christ calling Himself “the way” (Jn 14:6), and on the fact that following Christ is not simply a momentary decision or the observance of outward religious practices, but a whole way of life.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Acts 9:1,2)

“Christian faith is not a “religion” (except in the conventional everyday use of the word). It is the fulfillment of all religions in their search for divine truth and human meaning as inspired by God’s law written on human hearts.” (Father Thomas Hopko)

“There is no imagined version of Christianity within the New Testament that exists outside the Church. Anyone who says that they have a “relationship with Jesus” and do not need the Church is in deep delusion. There is no such Jesus.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Christianity isn’t just a philosophy but a way of life that demands everything…Christianity must mean everything to us before it can mean anything to others.” (Rod Dreher, Donald Soper)

“To make any difference in our common life, Christianity must be lived—not as a means to social cohesion or national renewal, but as an end unto itself. Anyone who seeks a more perfect union should begin by seeking the perfection of their own soul. Anyone who would save their country should first look to save themselves. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Ross Douthat)

“Christianity is more than a collection of interesting facts; it is the power of God to everyone who believes.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Thessalonians 1:5)

“Who is a Christian? A Christian is a man who lives by Christ and in Christ…To be a Christian is to be like Christ." (St. Justin Popovich, Matthew Kelly)

"Christians are Christ's body, the organism through which He works…For the very essence of the Christian life is the giving of self to God. And we give ourselves to Him by giving ourselves to His children here on earth." (C.S. Lewis, Agnes Sanford)

"Now the whole offer which Christianity makes is this: that we can, if we let God have His way, we come to share in the life of Christ. If we do, we shall then be sharing a life which was begotten, not made, which always existed and always will exist. Christ is the Son of God. If we share in this kind of life we also shall be sons of God. We shall love the Father as He does and the Holy Ghost will arise in us. He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has by what I call good infection. Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else." (C. S. Lewis)

"A very simplistic view of Christianity go something like this: "I follow Christ. He reports to me by keeping my or the body safe from all harm, my earthly mind clear all troubles. He keeps my belly and my wallet full. It's easy being a Christian! I'm good to God and He pays me back by being good to me!" But it's not like that at all...Christianity is still the only religion where God becomes human, suffers and dies for His creatures so that they may have a turn a life with Him in Heaven." (Marianne C. Sailus)

"Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously doing God’s will." (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him…But we must not use the Bible (our fathers too often did) as a sort of Encyclopedia out of which texts (isolated from their context and not read without attention to the whole nature and purport of the books in which they occur) can be taken for use as weapons." (C.S. Lewis)

“In our zeal for the truth of scripture, we must never forget its purpose – to equip us to do good. We must never study [the Bible] to increase our knowledge or prepare us to win arguments. We should study the Bible so that we will get to know Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of[the Bible] is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good.” (Life Application Study Bible, 2 Timothy 3:17)

“The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time.” (C.S. Lewis)

“Keeping Christ first in your life can be very difficult when you have so many distractions threatening to sidetrack your faith.” (Life Application Study Bible, 2 Corinthians 11:3)

"God has given us two Bibles: the written one and the one we see and read in the natural world around us." (St. Augustine)

“Beware of thinking that you or your church has all of the answers. No religious system is big enough to contain Christ completely or fulfill perfectly all His desires for the world.” (Life Application Study Bible, Luke 6:6,7)

“One of the dangers of faith is religion…it’s easy to become so enamored with practicing the rituals of our faith that we forget about what really counts which is how we view and treat people.... Love of God, developed and nurtured through our sacramental and/or ritual life, should naturally breed love of others.” (Sacramental Living)

“Christianity is not a religion but a way of life… it is meant to be the end of religion because religion is only needed when there is a wall of separation between God and man.” (Sacramental Living, Father Alexander Schmemann)

“Everything comes from God and everything should be drawn back to Him.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Ephesians 1:4-6)

“Becoming a Christian is not so much inviting Christ into your life as getting oneself into Christ’s Life (Orthodox Study Bible, Ephesians 1:4-6)

“What is sacramental living? It starts with how we understand creation. As Christians, we understand that “we do not live in a world of mere matter. We live in a world filled with holy matter. We live in an altar.” In essence this means that the world and everything in it, the universe and created order if you will, is a means for pointing us to the reality of God, gaining more and more of an awareness and appreciation of Him, and, most importantly, having communion with Him. To live sacramentally we must become somebody who seeks and finds God in all things and at all times, in all places, in all company and in all ways. Then we shall always be able to grow and increase unceasingly and without end.” (Sacramental Living, Everywhere Present, Orthodox Study Bible, Meister Eckhart: Selected Writings)

“Christianity is unique in teaching that no good deed we do will make us right with God. No amount of human achievement or progress in personal development will close the gap between God’s moral perfection and our imperfect daily performance." (Life Application Study Bible, Romans 3:27-28)

“…Christianity is not simply a matter of self-improvement but of becoming something entirely different…The Christian faith is not philosophy, but rather communion with God…Christianity is not about ideas but about deeds inspired by love." (Marvin D. Hinten, Dynamis 11/13/2014, Frederic Ozanam)

“Many sincere seekers for God are puzzled about what He wants them to do. The religions of the world are people’s attempts to answer this question. But Jesus’ reply is brief and simple: We must believe on Him whom God has sent...accepting that Jesus is who He claims to be. All spiritual development is built on this affirmation.” (Life Application Study Bible, John 6:28-29)

“All the other religions center on people’s righteousness—what we do and how good we are. Real Christianity centers on Jesus’ righteousness—what He has done and how good He is. All the other religions essentially say, “This is what you have to do to be in right standing with God.” Jesus comes to earth and says, “This is what I’ve freely done for you to put you in right standing with God.” (Jefferson Bethke)

“The Christian is one who imitates Christ in thought, word and deed…Being a Christian means looking at the world through “the eyes of Christ.” (St. John Climacus, Abouna Justin Rose)

“It is not Christianity that makes life anxious or uncomfortable, but the lack of it…Many people believe a moderate dose of Christianity—not an excessive amount—will fulfill our lives.” (William Law)

“Christianity should not be reduced to political activism or the enforcement of morality, for societal reformation can take place only when Christ is allowed to change the heart of every citizen.” (Abbot Tryphon)

"There's a classic picture of Jesus knocking on a church door trying to get in. However, there should be another picture showing Him in the church trying to get out. Sometimes we as Christians don't let Jesus out to the rest of the world." (Father Thomas Rosica)

“The true Christian is one who knows God’s power working in himself, and finds it his true joy to have the very life of God flow into him, and through him, and out from him to those around." (Andrew Murray)

“The Christian ideal has not been found tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and left untried.” (GK Chesterton)

"Being a Christian isn't just about following commandments: it's about letting Christ take possession of our lives." (Pope Francis)

“Christianity is essentially a life to be lived, not a set of doctrines or moral precepts. It is not just any life, however. Christianity is life in Christ. This is understood not as an ethical imitation of Christ, but as an organic union with Him in His Body, the Church.” (Clark Carlton)

“Sometimes we are tempted to think that Christianity is either about a personal relationship with Christ, or adherence to a bunch of rules we call morality. Like most “either/ors” in the Christian tradition, this is a dangerous way of thinking. The truth is that we need both the personal relation with Christ...and so become members in what St. Paul calls so often his “body.” (Hieromonk Maximos)

“...far from being just a “religion,” our Faith is indeed about an “encounter” or a “meeting” between God and His people. It is about a way of seeing and being profoundly moved and transformed by what we see and encounter” (Father Thomas Loya)

“The best way to get a grip on what Christianity is about is to look at Jesus—and even more at His accomplishments than His pronouncements.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“Christianity is not a set of rules that one must follow to gain acceptance or inclusion…Think of Christianity more as a relationship…Religion in its simplest form implies God and the human being. Their relationship is manifested through spiritual and moral activities.” (Believe.com, Father Demetrios J. Constantelos)