March 23, 2009

Belief Statements

In my reading I enjoy finding "belief statements" that I affirm. The following statements of Dietrich Bonhoeffer are from his book Letters and Papers from Prison:

I believe that God can and will bring good out of evil. For that purpose God needs men and women who will make the best use of everything.

I believe that God is willing to provide us in any emergency with all the powers of resilience that will be necessary for us. But God does not give in advance lest we should rely upon ourselves and not on God alone. It is such a faith that will overcome all anxiety and fear of the future.

I believe that God is not a timeless fate, but that God is attending and responding to sincere prayers as well as to responsible action.