Moments in the mind of great people - Part 1
** The most important ideas expressed by some of the greatest thinkers... **
Date: 12/1/2013 12:47:35 PM ( 8 y ) ... viewed 2966 times
- The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God.
- A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
- The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
- The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.
- An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy.
- Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!
- Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
- Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
- Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
- The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
- I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
- Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.
- A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.
- I know why I am here and my only real focused goal is to live each day to the fullest and to try and honor God and be an encouragement to others. What the future holds is firmly in God's hands, and I am very happy about that!
- Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
- Of all human activities, man's listening to God is the supreme act of his reasoning and will.
Pope Paul VI
- I pray God may preserve your health and life many years.
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Danial Wester -
- Stephen Girard, a French immigrant, died in Philadelphia. His estate of over $7 million dollars was left with the stipulation that it be used to start an orphanage and school that did not allow the Bible. The city rejected this plan to separate the Bible from the education of our youth.
In a case that went before the United States Supreme Court (Vidal v. Girard's Executors, 1844), the court ruled unanimously (9-0) that the Bible could not be extracted from the education of our youth.
Daniel Webster, who argued the case on the behalf of the government said this:
- If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; If we and our posterity shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall live always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments...we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country;...
But if we and our posterity neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
The U.S. Supreme Court rendered its unanimous opinion, stating:
And we cannot overlook the blessings, which such men by their conduct, as well as their instructions, may, nay must impart to their youthful pupils. Why may not the Bible, and especially the New Testament, without note or comment, be read and taught as a divine revelation in the college - its general precepts expounded, its evidences explained and its glorious principles of morality inculcated?
What is there to prevent a work, not sectarian, upon the general evidences of Christianity, from being read and taught in the college by lay teachers? Certainly there is nothing in the will that proscribes such studies. Above all, the testator positively enjoins, "that all the instructors and teachers in the college shall take pains to instill into the minds of the scholars the purest principles of morality, so that on their entrance into active life they may from inclination and habit evince benevolence towards their fellow-creatures, and a love of truth, sobriety, and industry, adopting at the same time such religious tenets as their matured reason may enable them to prefer."
Now, it may well be asked, what is there in all this, which is positively enjoined, inconsistent with the spirit or truths of Christianity? Are not these truths all taught by Christianity, although it teaches much more?
Where can the purest principles of morality be learned so clearly or so perfectly as from the New Testament?
Where are benevolence, the love of truth, sobriety, and industry, so powerfully and irresistibly inculcated as in the sacred volume?...
It is unnecessary for us, however, to consider what would be the legal effect of a devise in Pennsylvania for the establishment of a school or college, for the propagation of Judaism, or Deism, or any other form of infidelity.
Such a case is not to be presumed to exist in a Christian country; and therefore it must be made out be clear and indisputable proof. Remote inferences, or possible results, or speculative tendencies are not to be drawn or adopted for such purposes. There must be plain, positive, and express provision, demonstrating not only that Christianity is not to be taught; but that it is to be impugned or repudiated.
When will we learn to accept the truth of God in our lives?
*** Learn to stop and think
- Pray and seek the voice of God in your life!
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