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A quote from Ryle: “Beware of manufacturing a God of your own”

August 3, 2018

I came across this quote on the Life on Dover Beach blog; I believe it comes from Ryle’s Practical Religion.  It is remarkable how this particular warning by Ryle applies to us today.

Beware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just; a God who is all love, but not holy; a God who has a heaven for everybody, but a hell for none; a God who can allow good and bad to be side by side in time, but will make no distinction between good and bad in eternity. Such a God is an idol of your own, as truly an idol as any snake or crocodile in an Egyptian temple. The hands of your own fancy and sentimentality have made him. He is not the God of the Bible, and beside the God of the Bible there is no God at all.

 

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