Paul Mitchell’s Book of Religious Quotations,
2002 edition

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(The tablets of the Ten Commandments were stored in the Ark of the Covenant). Jer 3:15-17: "Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding. "And it shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land," declares the LORD, "they shall say no more, 'The ark of the covenant of the LORD.' And it shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they miss it, nor shall it be made again."


ROMAN CATHOLIC: "TITHES - A tenth part of the fruits of one's revenue or income given for the support of the Church. Much importance was attached to tithes in the Old Testament and they became the acceptable form of Church support under the New Law. Charlemagne in 785 prescribed payment of tithes to the Church. At the time of the French Revolution, tithes were abolished by the government, an action shortly followed in other nations. Gradually other forms of Church support arose. However, the Code of Canon Law prescribes that tithes be paid according to local laws and customs. In recent years in the United States, more and more parishes are adopting the system of tithing, usually 5 percent. Tithing provides a fair and equitable way of supporting the Church, dividing the burden according to one's ability to meet it. The system allows the pastor to make better plans for income and expenses, does away with seat and special collections, and avoids the necessity for frequent sermons on the need of money." (The Maryknoll Catholic Dictionary, 1965 Edition, Grosset & Dunlap, NY, NY)


Billy Graham stated on The NBC Today Show with Katie Couric, 6-7-99, that he does not like people to address him as "Reverend," for that word is only used in the Bible to address God, referring to Ps 111:9: "He sent redemption unto his people: He hath commanded His covenant for ever: holy and reverend is His name."



CHRYSOSTOM, 345-407 A.D., speaking of Paul's account in Corinthians: "The whole passage is exceedingly obscure and the obscurity is occasioned by our ignorance of the facts and the cessation of the happenings which were common in those days but unexampled in our own." ("Christianity Today," Frank Farrell, Sept. 13, 1963, p.1164; cited by Gareth Reese, "New Testament History - Acts," College Press, Joplin, MO, 1976, p.120)

"[Anti-Christian] Celsus [177 AD] claimed that he had seen preachers who assumed the "motions and gestures of inspired person" and at the end of their preaching "added strange, fanatical and quite unintelligible words, of which no rational person can find the meaning for so dark are they, as to have no meaning at all; but they give occasion to every fool or impostor to apply them to suit his own purposes." [Christian defender] Origen accused Celsus of lying, because there were no prophets in his time. Origen also argued that the words of Isaiah, Ezekiel, and the other prophets did make sense.

It is, however, clear that Celsus did not speak about prophets in the Old Testament sense but about preachers of his own day; he even claimed that when he questioned some of these preachers, they admitted to him that their ambiguous words "really meant nothing." ("Pagan Rome and the Early Christians," Stephen Benko, BT Batsford Ltd, London, UK, 1985, p117)

"But the important point is that too often Christian authors talked like magicians; they boasted of their ability to summon powers from another world, and they claimed that by manipulating the correct elements under the correct circumstances they could force the divine to do their will. They may have claimed that this was not magic, but it certainly looked like magic to others. After the patristic period we find that the church increasingly absorbed and sanctified pagan magical practices; the veneration of relics and the use of incense, charms, and bells were integrated into the life of the church. This peculiar Christian brand of magic was not merely tolerated but promoted as long as it was within the ecclesiastical framework." (Stephen Benko, Pagan Rome and the Early Christians, p131)


RABBI DJ SILVER: "The rabbis were keenly aware that the devil and heretics could quote a text to their own purposes. 'If one interprets a text literally his is a liar. If he adds to the text he is a blasphemer and libeler. What then is meant by interpretation? Our authorized interpretation...'" (b. Kid. 49a, cited by Daniel Jeremy Silver, "Images of Moses," p.201, Basic Books, NY, 1982)


50 AD The Huleatt Manuscript

74 AD The Letter of Barnabas

80 AD Hermas

100 AD Ignatius of Antioch

140 AD Aristides

150 AD Justin Martyr

150 AD Polycarp of Smyrna

160 AD Mathetes

170 AD Tatian the Syrian

177 AD Athenagoras

177 AD Melito of Sardis

180 AD Theophilus of Antioch

180 AD Irenaeus

190 AD Clement Of Alexandria

200 AD Tertullian

200 AD Hippolytus

225 AD Origen

235 AD Novatian

253 AD Cyprian of Carthage

262 AD Dionysius

262 AD Gregory the Wonder-worker

305 AD Methodius

305 AD Arnobius

307 AD Lactantius



"When words lose their meaning, people will lose their liberty." ---Confucius

DISSONANCE: Lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony, discord.


As computers go, the human brain is without parallel or parity, when compared to even the most sophisticated manmade computer. Nevertheless, it is a computer and like all computers, it can be programmed.

There is a theory known as the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (TDC) which holds that the mind involuntarily rejects information not in line with previous thoughts and/or actions.

Leon Festinger may have been the first person to document the law of cognitive dissonance, but he was certainly not the first to observe it. Since the most ancient times, mind-controllers have been enticing free people into servitude (piping them on board, so to speak) by taking advantage of man's tendency to generate cognitive dissonance.

In his book, A THEORY OF COGNITIVE DISSONANCE, (Stanford University Press, 1957), Festinger says that new events or new information create an unpleasantness, a dissonance with existing knowledge, opinion, or cognition concerning behavior. When this happens, pressures naturally arise within the person to reduce the dissonance. Not reconciling the new information with the old, but reducing the dissonance.

Festinger further stated that strength of the pressures to reduce the dissonance is a function of the magnitude of the dissonance. Dissonance acts in the same way as a state of drive, need or tension. The greater the dissonance, the greater will be the intensity of the action to reduce the dissonance and the greater the avoidance of situations that would increase the dissonance.

A person can deal with the pressure generated by the dissonance by changing the old behavior to harmonize with information. But if the person is too committed to the old behavior and way of thinking, he simply rejects the new information. A simple "I don't believe it" thought or word is the easy cop out. For if you are unaware, you are unaware of being unaware.


Ronald Reagan, in a 1987 interview, said, "I turn back to your ancient prophets in the Old Testament and the signs foretelling Armageddon, and I find myself wondering if -- if we're the generation that's going to see that come about. . . . There have been times in the past when we thought the world was coming to an end, but never anything like this."

--The View Toward Armageddon, Ira Meistrich, Military History Quarterly, Spring 1991, 29 W 38th St, NY, NY 10018

(Can you imagine a person who believes in a literal "Final Battle" with the forces of evil, and who also happens to have his thumb on a nuclear trigger?)

SLAUGHTERHOUSE: "In June 1916, on the eve of the Somme offensive, British General Sir Douglas Haig [commander in chief British Army] received a "letter" from his dead brother George. The message, which came through a medium, claimed that Haig was "the instrument Almight God uses to crush the German invaders in France and Belgium." God had sent "a great soldier," namely Napoleon, to be "always near advise him in his task." In case his brother should feel this a mixed blessing, George promised that Britain's old nemesis Napoleon had "improved for the better in the spirit world..."

" ...Haig was receptive to the message because it reinforced his firmly held belief that God was constantly by his side and that he was an instrument of Divine Providence - a faith that had a profound effect on the way Haig commanded his army..."

"...[Haig] believed that the price of victory was ultimately worth paying. After a particularly disastrous action, Haig recorded a surprisingly positive rationale: "Anything worth having has always to be paid for fully. In this war, our object is something very great. The future of the world depends on our success. So we must fully spend all we have, energy, life, money, everything, in fact, without counting the cost." As for the dead, their sacrifice was their reward. Duncan believed that "a process of selection was going on by which the best were being picked out for some special service beyond the grave..." (Sound like Iran's mullahs? -Ed.)

"...What effect did Haig's religious beliefs have upon the fate of the British army? There is plenty of evidence that his tactical decisions were sometimes based upon nothing more than mere faith...or wishful thinking...To Haig, faith was at least as important as facts. When the War Office produced a less optimistic report on the state of the German army than that provided by his own staff, he commented: "I cannot think why the War Office Intellignece Department gives such a wrong picture of the situation except that General McDonough [director of military intelligence] is a Roman Catholic and is (perhaps unconsciously) influenced by information which reached him from tainted [i.e., Catholic] sources." ("Military History" (magazine), August 1994, p. 74, 602 S. King, Leesburg VA 22075)