Conversion Quotes

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Paul David Tripp
“The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love him better, and learn to love others as he designed.”
Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change

C.S. Lewis
“The world does not consist of 100 percent Christians and 100 percent non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name: some of them are clergymen. There are other people who are slowly becoming Christians though they do not yet call themselves so. ”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

B.R. Ambedkar
“The Hindus criticise the Mahomedans for having spread their religion by the use of the sword. They also ridicule Christianity on the score of the Inquisition.

But really speaking, who is better and more worthy of our respect—the Mahomedans and Christians who attempted to thrust down the throats of unwilling persons what they regarded as necessary for their salvation, or the Hindu who would not spread the light, who would endeavour to keep others in darkness, who would not consent to share his intellectual and social inheritance with those who are ready and willing to make it a part of their own make-up?

I have no hesitation in saying that if the Mahomedan has been cruel, the Hindu has been mean; and meanness is worse than cruelty.”
B.R. Ambedkar, Annihilation of Caste

Bernard of Clairvaux
“Neither fear nor self-interest can convert the soul. They may change the appearance, perhaps even the conduct, but never the object of supreme desire... Fear is the motive which constrains the slave; greed binds the selfish man, by which he is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed (James 1:14). But neither fear nor self-interest is undefiled, nor can they convert the soul. Only charity can convert the soul, freeing it from unworthy motives.”
St. Bernard of Clairvaux

John Bunyan
“Conversion is not the smooth, easy-going process some men seem to think... It is wounding work, this breaking of the hearts, but without wounding there is no saving... Where there is grafting there will always be a cutting, the graft must be let in with a wound; to stick it onto the outside or to tie it on with a string would be of no use. Heart must be set to heart and back to back or there will be no sap from root to branch. And this, I say, must be done by a wound, by a cut.”
John Bunyan

Oscar A. Romero
“The church must suffer for speaking the truth, for pointing out sin, for uprooting sin. No one wants to have a sore spot touched, and therefore a society with so many sores twitches when someone has the courage to touch it and say: “You have to treat that. You have to get rid of that. Believe in Christ. Be converted.”
Oscar A. Romero, The Violence of Love

John R.W. Stott
“Social responsibility becomes an aspect not of Christian mission only, but also of Christian conversion. It is impossible to be truly converted to God without being thereby converted to our neighbor.”
John Stott

Bede Griffiths
“It is no longer a question of a Christian going about to convert others to the faith, but of each one being ready to listen to the other and so to grow together in mutual understanding.”
Bede Griffiths

Norman G. Finkelstein
“Conversion and zealotry, just like revelation and apostasy, are flip sides of the same coin, the currency of a political culture having more in common with religion than rational discourse.”
Norman G. Finkelstein, Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left

Donald Miller
“When one of my friends becomes a Christian, which happens about every 10 years because I am a sheep about sharing my faith, the experience is euphoric. I see in their eyes the trueness of the story.”
Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

Cornelius Van Til
“So, as we have our tea, I propose not only to operate on your heart so as to change your will, but also on your eyes so as to change your outlook. But wait a minute. No, I do not propose to operate at all. I myself cannot do anything of the sort. I am just mildly suggesting that you are perhaps dead, and perhaps blind, leaving you to think the matter over for yourself. If an operation is to be performed it must be performed by God Himself.”
Cornelius Van Til

“People who understands how to convert their time into useful products do not complain of boredom.”
Sunday Adelaja, How To Become Great Through Time Conversion: Are you wasting time, spending time or investing time?

Katherine Howe
“Il est bon à savoir. It is good to know.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion

Katherine Howe
“But an attentive researcher--like you--might be able to see something that all the experts can't see. If she asks the right questions.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion

Dale Carnegie
“There's magic, positive magic, in such phrases as: "I may be wrong. I frequently am. Let's examine the facts.”
Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Criss Jami
“God will save whomever He chooses to save. The Christian should proselytize not because he thinks he can change everybody; he should proselytize because the Gospel being shared is the ultimate act of love: because he thinks he can love everybody.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Katherine Howe
“The Lord works in mysterious ways. What's true to one man, a wonder and a marvel, might not seem so to another, as God didn't intend it for him.”
Katherine Howe, Conversion

John Locke
“If anyone maintain that men ought to be compelled by fire and sword to profess certain doctrines, and conform to this or that exterior worship, without any regard had unto their morals; if anyone endeavour to convert those that are erroneous unto the faith, by forcing them to profess things that they do not believe and allowing them to practise things that the Gospel does not permit, it cannot be doubted indeed but such a one is desirous to have a numerous assembly joined in the same profession with himself; but that he principally intends by those means to compose a truly Christian Church is altogether incredible.”
John Locke, A Letter Concerning Toleration

Sue Monk Kidd
“The basic dynamics of conversion are summed up for me in the words LEAVE-ARRIVE, END-BEGIN, SHED-EMERGE. These are the tensions of conversion and spiritual awakening.”
Sue Monk Kidd, God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved

“Time must be converted into product”
Sunday Adelaja

“To know what to do with time is to convert a day”
Sunday Adelaja

“To convert a day is to produce a product”
Sunday Adelaja

“Every minute, hour and hour that passes daily should be converted into product”
Sunday Adelaja

“Teach the people the Word before converting and baptizing them”
Sunday Adelaja

G.K. Chesterton
“I had often called myself an optimist, to avoid the too evident blasphemy of pessimism. But all the optimism of the age had been false and disheartening for this reason, that it had always been trying to prove that we fit in to the world. The Christian optimism is based on the fact that we do not fit in to the world. I had tried to be happy by telling myself that man is an animal, like any other which sought its meat from God. But now I really was happy, for I had learnt that man is a monstrosity. I had been right in feeling all things as odd, for I myself was at once worse and better than all things. The optimist's pleasure was prosaic, for it dwelt on the naturalness of everything; the Christian pleasure was poetic, for it dwelt on the unnaturalness of everything in the light of the supernatural. The modern philosopher had told me again and again that I was in the right place, and I had still felt depressed even in acquiescence. But I had heard that I was in the wrong place, and my soul sang for joy, like a bird in spring. The knowledge found out and illuminated forgotten chambers in the dark house of infancy. I knew now why grass had always seemed to me as queer as the green beard of a giant, and why I could feel homesick at home.”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Jean Baudrillard
“This is the reappearance of the principle of Evil in a new guise. No morality or guilt is implied, however: the principle of Evil is simply synonymous with the principle of reversal, with the turns of fate. In systems undergoing total positivization - and hence desymbolization - evil is equivalent, in all its forms, to the fundamental rule of reversibility.”
Jean Baudrillard, The Transparency of Evil: Essays in Extreme Phenomena

Gertrude Beasley
“After several months of urging and suggestions that I should become a Christian, with shock after shock of embarrassment or fear or shame or something, as keen as though one had cut my flesh and pricked at a nerve, I decided upon an incident which I called my conversion.”
Gertrude Beasley, My First Thirty Years

Derya Little
“Science and religion, though complementary, explore different spheres: Science can observe and measure only physical causes; religion concerns itself with the spiritual realm. Science can tell us what things are made of and how things work, but not the why. It can tell us that man is made of this and that, and that muscles work this way and not that way, but it cannot tell us why we exist in the first place, what our lives are for. Therefore, science cannot give us the principles we need to guide our actions. We must look elsewhere for those.”
Derya Little, From Islam to Christ: One Woman's Path through the Riddles of God

C.S. Lewis
“Even more disturbing as you say, is the ghastly record of Christian persecution. It had begun in Our Lordʼs time - ‘Ye know not what spirit ye are of’ (John of all people!) I think we must fully face the fact that when Christianity does not make a man very much better, it makes him very much worse…Conversion may make of one who was, if no better, no worse than an animal, something like a devil.”
C. S. Lewis

“At its deepest level, suffering is a call to conversion by God (18).”
Paul Chaloux, Why All People Suffer: How a Loving God Uses Suffering to Perfect Us

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