Originally published February 26, 2016.
Social media and the internet are a gold mine for inspirational quotes, and today’s most popular divangelistas post a lot of them. But, does inspirational always equal biblical? Shouldn’t you be able to tell the difference between a line from a Disney movie, a platitude from the Dalai Lama, and biblical truth from a Christian leader? In homage to Tim Challies’ Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie? I give you Disney, Dalai, or Divangelista?. Try to guess who said it, then click on the link below the quote to see if you were right.
1. All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness. The important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
2. Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content.
3. Venture outside your comfort zone. The rewards are worth it.
4. Patience to wait does not come from suffering long for what we lack but from sitting long in what we have.
5. Today is a new day, and every day you can be one step closer to conquering your fears!
6. You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
7. In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
8. In every situation, in every interaction, in every day, be a noticer of the good.
9. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
10. When we stop fearing failure, we start being artists.
11. Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.
12. Our fate lives within us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.
13. You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.
14. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
15. It is useless to compare yourself to someone else. That person has a completely different path to follow.
What was your score?
You spend waaaay too much time reading your Bible and listening to sermon podcasts to keep up with the latest fluff from divangelistas or to get out and see a movie. The Dalai Lama? Is that the Thursday special at that Asian restaurant down the street?
Cut back on the “inspirational” Pinterest boards and trade out your kids’ DVD of Frozen for an Awana CD. Read some books by the old dead guys like Spurgeon or Ryle, and learn how different (and how much better) Christian doctrine is from Buddhism.
Would you consider yourself a good person?
(I kid! I kid! You probably just have a photographic memory!)