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    In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, 'That is mine!'.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: human  alone  christ 
     
    When the principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then the battle is your calling, and peace has become sin. You must at the price of dearest peace lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy with all the fire of your faith.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: enemies  peace  friends  fire  enemy  battle  faith  sin 
     
    The Holy Scripture is like a diamond: in the dark it is like a piece of glass, but as soon as the light strikes it the water begins to sparkle, and the scintillation of life greets us.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: dark  water  holy 
     
    Lutheranism restricted itself to an exclusively ecclesiastical and theological character, while Calvinism put its impress in and outside the church upon every aspect of human life.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: character  human  church 
     
    We understand hereby, that the family, the business, science, art and so forth are all social spheres, which do not owe their existence to the State, but obey a high authority within their own bosom; an authority which rules, by the grace of God, just as the sovereignty of the State does.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    There is not one square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus does not cry out, 'This is mine!'
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: creation  jesus 
     
    Sin lives solely by plagiarising the ideas of God
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: live  god  sin  ideas 
     
    ... we have gratefully to receive from the hand of God the institution of the state with its magistrates as a means of preservation.... On the other hand ... by virtue of our natural impulse, we must ever watch against the danger which lurks for our personal liberty in the power of the state.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    Genius is a sovereign power; it forms schools; it lays hold on the spirits of men, with irresistible might; and it exercises an immeasurable influence on the whole condition of human life. This sovereignty of genius is a gift of God, possessed only by his grace. It is subject to no one and is responsible to him alone who has granted it this ascendancy.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    God created hand, head, and heart; the hand for the deed, the head for the world, the heart for mysticism.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: heart  world  mysticism  god 
     
    The curse should no longer rest upon the world itself, but upon that which is sinful in it, and instead of monastic flight from the world the duty is now emphasized of serving God in the world, in every position in life.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: world  god 
     
    A charity which knows only how to give money is not yet Christian love. You will be free of guilt only when you also give your time, your energy, and your resourcefulness to help end such abuses for good, and when you allow nothing that lies hidden in the storehouse of your Christian religion to remain unused against the cancer that is destroying the vitality of our society in such alarming ways.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    It is impossible, Bible in hand, to limit Christ's Church to one's own little community. It is everywhere, in all parts of the world; and whatever its external form, frequently changing, often impure, yet the gifts wherever received increase our riches.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    Every science in a certain degree starts from faith, and, on the contrary, faith, which does not lead to science, is mistaken faith or superstition, but real, genuine faith it is not.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: real  faith 
     
    To have faith in the Word, Scripture must not grasp us in our critical thought, but in the life of the soul.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: thoughts  soul  faith 
     
    The question is not if the candidate's heart is favorable to Christianity, but if he has Christ as his starting point even for politics, and will speak out His name!
    — Abraham Kuyper
    The greatest gift a church can receive is to have a group of families who take their responsibilitie s with such Christian seriousness that they are willing to completely alter their lifestyle to raise up disciples for Jesus Christ.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    Do not bury our glorious orthodoxy in the treacherous pit of a spurious conservatism.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    There is not an inch of any sphere of life over which Jesus Christ does not say, 'Mine.'
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: jesus  christ 
     
    There are two kinds of beauty; there is a beauty which God gives at birth, and which withers as a flower. And there is a beauty which God grants when by His grace men are born again. That kind of beauty never vanishes but blooms eternally.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: beauty  men  grace  birth  flowers  god 
     
    There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: human  existence  christ 
     
    We cannot be passive and silent towards those who reject God's Word and our holy faith.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: god  faith  holy 
     
    Calvinism is an all-embracing system of principles... It is rooted in a form of religion which was peculiarly its own, and form that specific religious consciousness there was developed first a particular theology, then a special church-order, and then a given form for political and social life.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    The sovereignty of the state as the power that protects the individual and that defines the mutual relationships among the visible spheres, rises high above them by its right to command and compel. But within these spheres ... another authority rules, an authority that descends directly from God apart from the state. This authority the state does not confer but acknowledges.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    Unity is the ultimate goal of all the ways of God.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: god  goal 
     
    The seminaries must be like the churches' poor relations, prolonging their existence with austerity.
    — Abraham Kuyper
    tags: existence  poor  church 
     
    The motive of art comes to us not from what exists, but from the notion that there is something higher, something nobler, something richer, and that what exists corresponds only partially to all of this.
    — Abraham Kuyper
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