Quotes: Religion

(a belief that teaches people to spend the best parts of their lives preparing to avoid the worst that could come after this life)

1. A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe; especially, when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
2. A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of people or sects; such as, the Christian religion; the Islamic religion; the Buddhist religion.
3. The body of people adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices.
4. A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny.
5. Etymology: "state of life bound by monastic vows", also "conduct indicating a belief in a divine power"; from Anglo-French religiun (11th century); from Old French religion, "religious community"; from Latin religionem, religio, "respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods"; in Late Latin, "monastic life" (5th century).

According to Cicero, it was derived from relegare, "to go through again, to read again"; from re-, "again" + legere, "to read" (as with "lecture").

Popular etymology among the later ancients (and many modern writers) connects it with religare, "to bind fast", via the notion of "place an obligation on", or "bond between humans and gods".


There is the story of a pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his congregation: “I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it’s still out there in your pockets.”

While driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign: “Energy efficient vehicle; runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust.”

People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.

Some one has said that there are primarily two kinds of people in the world: There are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good morning, Lord,” and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good Lord, it’s already morning.”

A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space that had a parking meter; so, he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.”

When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note. “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”

A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, “I know what the Bible means!” His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, you ‘know’ what the Bible means?” The son replied, “I do know!” “Okay”, said his father. “So, son, what does the Bible mean?” “That’s easy, Daddy. It stands for Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.”

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country. “Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk. “Only the Ten Commandments,” answered the lady.

The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to, after the worship service, ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play. “Here’s a copy of the service,” he said impatiently; but you’ll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.”

During the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.” At that moment, the substitute organist played “The Star Spangled Banner.” That is how the substitute became the regular organist!

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And pass it on to other folk.

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It is quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and chemistry.
—H. L. Mencken

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
—Albert Einstein

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