Popular Idea, Unpopular Word


“There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.” ~Mark Twain

“He tried to name which of the deadly seven might apply, and when he failed he decided to append an eighth, regret.” ~Charles Frazier

              (Sinner) “They won’t let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.”       (God) “What are you complaining about? They won’t let Me in either.” ~Brennan Manning

“No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. ” ~George Eliot

     “Sins often masquerade as virtues–and pride is the cleverest chameleon   of all.” ~The Wishing Map

“A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man’s greatest tragedy and God’s heaviest grief.”      ~A. W. Tozer

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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12 Responses to Popular Idea, Unpopular Word

  1. All great quotes, Mitch! Thanks for sharing these. Going to use this this morning with my Bible study men.

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  2. Laura Grace says:

    wrote this on my FB wall this morning: I remember a time when I would have this attitude “don’t think I will make it, Just watch me!” (pride) and I piled faith on top of it (Faith teachings). God knows how to remove the varnish and get down to the bare table. He knows how to sand us down and restore us. Nothing is ever quick or overnight with Him (that I have seen.)

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Great metaphor, Laura!

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    • thebenedictineoblate says:

      There isn’t none other I’d rather be subject to than a Master Carpenter 😊And how much the patience is worth it as He rubs away the grime and dirt, to reveal beautiful inlay and design I never knew were in me!

      Amen, my sister! Never quick–or painless (sometimes the sandpaper is necessary)–but so worth that and so much more. Bless you!

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  3. Aren’t all “sins” simply unhealthy behavior; either unhealthy to the individual or unhealthy to human society? Even without believing a Bible or a Quran literally, it seems that a loving creator would only want what is healthy for us. The “sin” (unhealthy action) carries its own purnishment and its own hell. I’m sure God empathizes but requires no further hell than that which has already been suffered.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      Sinning against God and sinning against people (including ourselves) are one and the same, biblically. Hence, after committing adultery with a woman, and then having her husband murdered, King David said, “Against you (God) alone have I sinned” (Psalm 51:4). But rejecting God’s presence is the only “unforgivable sin” (Matthew 12:31) because it shuts the door forever to healing for the damage done. And that is hell, indeed.

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    • thebenedictineoblate says:

      The Truth is not Truth because the Church teaches it.
      The Church teaches it because it’s Truth

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  4. Paul Dordal says:

    Absolutely. Some words need to stay in use, despite people’s uncomfortability with them.

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  5. A well thought out and executed piece. Good job. When we look within our “self” what sin do we protect from expulsion, eradication? What is holding us back? What do we allow to compel us to hold on to those old ways. For every person the sin and unction is different. Give it all to God, praying HE will shine His purging light into those dark secret closets. And then… hold on to Jesus – because here He comes! Love will prevail. Steve 🤔

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  6. Pastor Randy says:

    Loved the quote from Brennan Manning. Thanks, I needed this!

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  7. The mother of a friend of mine attended a church that taught that there was no such thing as sin, just “mistakes”. (Which would be their biggest mistake!)

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