Quotes About Messiah

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Christopher Hitchens
“I think I have a very good idea why it is that anti-Semitism is so tenacious and so protean and so enduring. Christianity and Islam, theistic though they may claim to be, are both based on the fetishizing of human primates: Jesus in one case and Mohammed in the other. Neither of these figures can be called exactly historical but both have one thing in common even in their quasi-mythical dimension. Both of them were first encountered by the Jews. And the Jews, ravenous as they were for any sign of the long-sought Messiah, were not taken in by either of these two pretenders, or not in large numbers or not for long.

If you meet a devout Christian or a believing Muslim, you are meeting someone who would give everything he owned for a personal, face-to-face meeting with the blessed founder or prophet. But in the visage of the Jew, such ardent believers encounter the very figure who did have such a precious moment, and who spurned the opportunity and turned shrugging aside. Do you imagine for a microsecond that such a vile, churlish transgression will ever be forgiven? I myself certainly hope that it will not. The Jews have seen through Jesus and Mohammed. In retrospect, many of them have also seen through the mythical, primitive, and cruel figures of Abraham and Moses. Nearer to our own time, in the bitter combats over the work of Marx and Freud and Einstein, Jewish participants and protagonists have not been the least noticeable. May this always be the case, whenever any human primate sets up, or is set up by others, as a Messiah.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Christopher Hitchens
“When Maimonides says that the Messiah will come but that 'he may tarry,' we see the origin of every Jewish shrug from Spinoza to Woody Allen.”
Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

Gore Vidal
“Life will be wonderful when men no longer fear dying. When the last superstitions are thrown out and we meet death with the same equanimity as life. No longer will children's minds be twisted by evil gods whose fantastic origin is in those barbaric tribes who feared death and lightning, who feared life. That's it: life is the villain to to those who preach reward in death, through grace and eternal bliss, or through dark revenge.”
Gore Vidal, Messiah

Christopher Hitchens
“One notorious apikoros named Hiwa al-Balkhi, writing in ninth-century Persia, offered two hundred awkward questions to the faithful. He drew upon himself the usual thunderous curses—'may his name be forgotten, may his bones be worn to nothing'—along with detailed refutations and denunciations by Abraham ibn Ezra and others. These exciting anathemas, of course, ensured that his worrying 'questions' would remain current for as long as the Orthodox commentaries would be read. In this way, rather as when Maimonides says that the Messiah will come but that 'he may tarry,' Jewishness contrives irony at its own expense. If there is one characteristic of Jews that I admire, it is that irony is seldom if ever wasted on them.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Matthew Sawyer
“One man carries salvation and damnation from the desert.”
Matthew Sawyer, Pazuzu - Manifestation

“God is another word for Love.”
Stacy Snapp-Killian aka StacyK

Israelmore Ayivor
“The closer you are to the end of your temporal trials, the louder the voice of critics. Close your ears to the heavy downpours of their discouragements. God whispers; “I am with you”!”
Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Some theologians will tell you that God's love is unconditional but...Forget the “but”. God has no “buts and no ifs”. God loves you unconditionally; his love is eternal and has no limits.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“We hate simple lies we can easily detect but we love lies that are well crafted to the point we take them almost as reality, hard to detect lies that give sense to our lives. He is a messiah anyone who can concoct such lies and presents them to our imaginations”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Frank Herbert
“The great mass of humankind possesses an unmistakable unit-identity. It can be one thing. It can act as a single organism.”
Frank Herbert, Heretics of Dune

James Mikołajczyk
“As the Holy One of Israel, the foretold Messiah of the Hebrew prophets, Jesus was the exemplary Jew of all Jews, the Rabbi of all rabbis, the Lord of all lords, the King of all kings, and the Human Being of all human beings.”
James Mikołajczyk, Jesus the Jew, Christ the King: Exploring the Hypostatic Union Between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith

Soroosh Shahrivar
“The messiah arrives when it is already too late. He arrives when doomsday has already struck”
Soroosh Shahrivar, The Rise of Shams

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The Messiah was born in a manger in Bethlehem.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Christopher Moore
“El pecado de Onán. Derramar en el suelo la vieja semilla. Atar el camello. Quitarle el polvo al burro. Azotar al fariseo. Onanismo, el pecado que requiere de cientos de horas de práctica para ser dominado, o al menos eso era lo que yo me decía a mí mismo. Dios mató a Onán por derramar su semilla en el suelo (la semilla de Onán, no la de Dios).”
Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Frank Herbert
“I come only to ask a simple question. Is Muad'Dib's death to be followed by the moral suicide of all men? Is that the inevitable aftermath of a Messiah?”
Frank Herbert, Children of Dune

Garth Risk Hallberg
“I don’t see the point of a Messiah who sends you to hell.”
Garth Risk Hallberg, City on Fire

James Mikołajczyk
“My primary objective is to encourage dialogue between all Christians, both Jew and Gentile, and to open more lines of communication with Jews who still have yet to accept Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah.”
James Mikołajczyk, Jesus the Jew, Christ the King: Exploring the Hypostatic Union Between the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith

“The sadness reality is I mean something to people I don't know and don't care about. But the ones I love , treat me like trash and I amount to nothing to them. But I am not surprised even Jesus was never been seen as a Messiah at the place of his birth , but was just another random dude. But that didn't stop him. and It shouldn't also stop me from believing who i am and knowing my worth,purpose and mission and in life.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

Tony Hendra
“Like the rest of Holy Week, Easter is also a terrific story. It starts as tragedy: the hero broken and bloody, against all expectation dead, his followers' joyful hope in him entombed with his corpse, the rock rolled into place, sealing their despair.

But the curtain doesn't fall there. The next morning at dawn they discover the rock has been rolled back. The tomb is empty, the body's gone! A missing corpse? Great stuff. A whisper of comedy. Now a touch of farce as Mary Magdalen and the guys chase frantically around looking for help, or the corpse, when suddenly, out of nowhere, up it pops—alive!

Of course it's Jesus, who's done the impossible and beaten death.

And they're so amazed they think he's the gardener! It's a payoff way beyond the Hollywood ending: all the flooding emotion and uplift of a tragedy followed by all the bubbling joy and optimism of a comedy.

Is that possible? Not just to live happily ever after but to die—and still live happily ever after? It's the most audacious claim of Christianity, the one element that marks the brand indelibly, that trumps the claims of all other major faiths.”
Tony Hendra, Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“I believe only in one God, creator of everything that exists, visible and invisible, good and evil. I believe that he will ultimately save every soul and give it eternal life.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“If there are any ifs to salvation then no one is saved by grace. Everyone saves himself who can meet the requirements”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

“The nails did not kill Him... It was the needs that did.”
Johnnie Dent Jr.

Reza Aslan
“Despite two millennia of Christian apologetics, the fact is that belief in a dying and rising messiah simply did not exist in Judaism. In the entirety of the Hebrew Bible there is not a single passage of scripture or prophecy about the promised messiah that even hints of his ignominious death, let alone his bodily resurrection.”
Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Divine determination and decree is this: that God has foreordained all people without exception unto eternal life, for his love is unconditional.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Once you believe that god is not a private property of anybody, you are on your way to becoming a new messiah. Maybe your own if not the world's”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity
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Bangambiki Habyarimana
“God created you without asking, he will take your life away without asking, he will save you without asking”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Nathan Lopes Cardozo
“[I]t is no doubt true that our image of what a messiah might look like may keep us from recognizing the real thing when it stands before us. Could it be that we have embellished the long-awaited event with so many aggadic flourishes that we can no longer recognize the reality when it happens? Could our overly literal reading of our sages’ poetic descriptions have led us to overlook completely the miracle as it happened?
One of the dangers of taking the statements and speculations of our sages as literal truth—when they were not meant as such—is the distortion of our expectations.”
Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Foreword to A Damaged Mirror: A story of memory and redemption: Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo discusses prophecy and memory

Nathan Lopes Cardozo
“In a remarkable midrash (commentary) on Proverbs, we read the following: “All of the festivals will be abolished in the future [the Messianic Age], but Purim will never be abolished.”
The miracle of Purim is very different from the miracles mentioned in the Torah. While the latter were overt miracles, such as the ten plagues in Egypt and the splitting of the Red Sea, the miracle of Purim was covert. No law of nature was violated in the Purim story and the Jews were saved by seemingly normal historical occurrences. Had we lived in those days, we would have noticed nothing unusual. Only retroactively are we astonished that seemingly unrelated and insignificant human acts led to the redemption of the Jews. The discovery that these events concealed a miracle could only be made after the fact.
Covert miracles will never cease to exist explains the Torah Temimah. In fact, they take place every day. The midrash on Proverbs is not suggesting that the actual festivals mentioned in the Torah will be nullified in future days. Rather we should read the midrash as follows: Overt miracles, which we celebrate on festivals mentioned in the Torah, no longer occur. But covert miracles such as those celebrated on Purim will never end; they continue to occur every day of the year. Purim, probably rooted in a historical event of many years ago, functions as a constant reminder that the Purim story never ended. We are still living it. The Megillah is open-ended; it was not and will never be completed!”
Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Foreword to A Damaged Mirror: A story of memory and redemption: Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo discusses prophecy and memory

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“The true god has no beginning and has no end, it was not begotten and cannot beget, it cannot die and resurrect. He is responsible of everything good and evil and he is the sustainer of life. If he can save he saves all without distinction”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Some people are bringing the business tricks of scarcity mentality into God's mind. They will tell you that only a few will see God. Why? God's heart is infinitely huge, his arms infinitely large that all of us can have a place in him”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, Pearls Of Eternity

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