7 Christian-Friendly Quotes From Known God-Hater, Nietzsche

Jun. 10, 2013
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“Truth is not something one person might possess and another not possess.”

John Hick, a philosopher of religion, told the story of the three blind men touching an elephant as a way to understand a world with many religions. One, touching the tail feels and describes to his friends something entirely different than the blind man touching the elephant’s torso.

We are telling different stories about the same revelation and we do better when we remember that our humanness necessarily limits our understanding of truth and our ability capture and express it in its entirety.

“I call an animal, a species, an individual depraved when it loses its instincts, when it chooses, when it prefers what is harmful to it.”

Isn’t that what we all think is beautiful about being a human though?

Being in love doesn’t make sense, but we all want it anyway. Being smart doesn’t make sense, it’s a lot easier to be happy when you’re an idiot but no one goes around calling you depraved for going to college. We like to be different than animals, thank you very much.

“They say ‘Judge not!’ but they send to Hell everything that stands in their way. By allowing God to judge they themselves judge; by glorifying God they glorify themselves; by demanding precisely those virtues of which they themselves are capable—more, which they are in need of to stay on top at all—they present a great appearance of contending for virtue, of struggling for the triumph of virtue…in reality they do what they cannot help doing.”

I don’t think there are any Christians on the planet who think Nietzsche is describing what Christianity is actually about. He is describing the way Christians act. If you had a brand, you would pay a consultant thousands of dollars to come up with such valuable criticism even though all he’s saying is don’t be a freaking asshole.

“What is happiness? The feeling that power increases—that a resistance is overcome.”

What is a bigger obstacle to overcome than to believe that your soul will burn in hell for eternity if you can’t convince yourself that something is True? According to Nietzsche, you’re about to have one happy life bros.

“One could, with some freedom of expression, call Jesus a ‘free spirit’—he cares nothing for what is fixed.”

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Nietzsche.

“Whoever has theologian blood in his veins has a wrong and dishonest attitude towards all things from the very first. The pathos that develops out of this is called faith: closing one’s eyes with respect to oneself for good and all so as not to suffer from the sight of incurable falsity.”

This is a very important lesson for Christians. If you are afraid knowledge will destroy what you have, that you’ll become a victim of “incurable falsity,” what you have is fear, not faith. Faith is seeking information that may very well dismantle your beliefs, because you aren’t fearful about what you will find. If you think you have the Truth, you don’t have to be scared because you can’t lose the truth. The only thing you can lose is something you thought was the truth that wasn’t.

“Heaven belongs to the children; the faith which here finds utterance is not a faith which has been won by struggle—it is there, from the beginning, it is as it were a return to childishness in the spiritual domain.”

Does that come as a sigh of relief to anyone else? I’ve been struggling with spiritualy for over a decade and all my thinking, studying, praying and talking has done nothing but bring up more questions ad nauseum.

We don’t have to figure out it. We can try because it’s a fun journey but we aren’t expected to arrive at a final destination and then sit around until we die. Which is great news because that’s something that’s completely beyond our ability. TC mark

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