Tim Keller is considered one of the foremost authorities on matters of faith in evangelical Christian circles. The founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City in 1989, Keller has written 14 books on matters of faith that have earned over $1 million in book sales, according to the Daily Keller website.
Here are seven of the most noteworthy quotes from the long-time Christian pastor and author:
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"A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person's faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection. Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts – not only their own, but their friends' and neighbors'." (Source: "The Reason for God")
"If we say, 'I believe in Jesus,' but it doesn't affect the way we live, the answer is not that now we need to add hard work to our faith so much as that we haven't truly understood or believed in Jesus at all." (Source: "The Prodigal God")
"It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you." (Source: "Here It First")
"Faith is not primarily a function of how you feel. Faith is living out and believing what truth is despite what you feel."
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"If at the very least faith is what you trust in, then everyone has faith in something."
"Saving faith isn’t a level of psychological certainty; it is an act of the will in which we rest in Jesus."
"Christianity not only leads its members to believe people of other faiths have goodness and wisdom to offer, it also leads them to expect that many will live lives morally superior to their own. Most people in our culture in our culture believe that, if there is a God, we can relate to him and go to heaven through leading a good life. Let’s call this the 'moral improvement' view. Christianity teaches the very opposite. In the Christian understanding, Jesus does not tell us how to live so we can merit salvation. Rather, he comes to forgive and save us through his life and death in our place. God’s grace does not come to people who morally outperform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Savior. (Source: "The Reason For God")
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