Philip Yancey 經典名言

I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”― Philip Yancey


“Yet as I read the birth stories about Jesus I cannot help but conclude that though the world may be tilted toward the rich and powerful, God is tilted toward the underdog.”― Philip Yancey


“Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being vulnerable, absorbs it. In a point of convergence on a hill called Calvary, God renounced the one for the sake of the other.”
― Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew


“Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.”― Philip Yancey


“Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.”― Philip Yancey




“When I pray for another person, I am praying for God to open my eyes so that I can see that person as God does, and then enter into the stream of love that God already directs toward that person.”― Philip Yancey


“God loves people because of who God is, not because of who we are.”
― Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?


“We tend to think, ‘Life should be fair because God is fair.’ But God is not life. And if I confuse God with the physical reality of life- by expecting constant good health for example- then I set myself up for crashing disappointment.”
― Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud


“Having spent time around “sinners” and also around purported saints, I have a hunch why Jesus spent so much time with the former group: I think he preferred their company. Because the sinners were honest about themselves and had no pretense, Jesus could deal with them. In contrast, the saints put on airs, judged him, and sought to catch him in a moral trap. In the end it was the saints, not the sinners, who arrested Jesus.”
― Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?


“Sometimes I feel like the most liberal person among conservatives, and sometimes like the most conservative among liberals.”― Philip Yancey


“Grace is the most perplexing, powerful force in the universe, and, I believe, the only hope for our twisted, violent planet.”― Phillip Yancey


“Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”
― Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud


“I rejected the church for a time because I found so little grace there. I returned because I found grace nowhere else.”
― Philip Yancey


“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.”
― Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud


“Grace is free only because the giver himself has borne the cost.”
― Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?


“Thunderously, inarguably, the Sermon on the Mount proves that before God we all stand on level ground: murderers and temper-throwers, adulterers and lusters, thieves and coveters. We are all desperate, and that is in fact the only state appropriate to a human being who wants to know God. Having fallen from the absolute Ideal, we have nowhere to land but in the safety net of absolute grace.”
― Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew


“Love deems this world worth rescuing.”― Philip Yancey


“If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer. Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn’t act the way we want God to, and why I don’t act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.”
― Philip Yancey


“If my activism, however well-motivated, drives out love, then I have misunderstood Jesus’ gospel. I am stuck with law, not the gospel of grace.”― Philip Yancey


“In a nutshell, the Bible from Genesis 3 to Revelation 22 tells the story of a God reckless with desire to get his family back.”― Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew


“I would far rather convey grace than explain it.”― Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?


“Power can do everything but the most important thing: it cannot control love.”
― Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud


“One more, final question came from the audience on my last night in Newtown, and it was the one I most did not want to hear: “Will God protect my child?”
I stayed silent for what seemed like minutes. More than anything I wanted to answer with authority, “Yes! Of course God will protect you. Let me read you some promises from the Bible.” I knew, though, that behind me on the same platform twenty-six candles were flickering in memory of victims, proof that we have no immunity from the effects of a broken planet. My mind raced back to Japan, where I heard from parents who had lost their children to a tsunami in a middle school, and forward to that very morning when I heard from parents who had lost theirs to a shooter in an elementary school.
At last I said, “No, I’m sorry, I can’t promise that.” None of us is exempt. We all die, some old, some tragically young. God provides support and solidarity, yes, but not protection—at least not the kind of protection we desperately long for. On this cursed planet, even God suffered the loss of a Son.”
― Philip Yancey, The Question That Never Goes Away


“Prayer is a declaration of dependence upon God.”― Philip Yancey


“Grace is everywhere, like lenses that go unnoticed because you are looking through them.”
― Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?


“Christians are not perfect, by any means, but they can be people made fully alive.”
― Philip Yancey, Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church