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Great comments of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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In honor of Martin Luther King, several great quotes.  All are sourced at Wikipedia.

  • True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
    President Lyndon B. Johnson and Rev. Dr. Marti...
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  • I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway … I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
  • Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time — the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts… man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
  • What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.
  • [T]hrough violence you may murder a murderer but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate. Darkness cannot put out darkness. Only light can do that.
  • This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. …  I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.

And today on the National Mall—where 40 years ago “I have a dream” became a part of the world’s lexicon of ideas—men and women again gather.  This time they face the other direction—not toward the Lincoln Memorial, but the platform on the steps beneath the dome of the U.S. Capitol.

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  1. Of course if you have not received “the love of The Truth”, then The Truth that follows will profit you nothing.

    I have no quarrel with the truth you quote, but a great deal of trouble with the syllogisms that you “add” to “the words of the prophecy of this book.”

    Yet you have booby-trapped your words, by calling them truth, and insisting that I must agree with you or I’ve “not received ‘the love of the truth.'”

    Francisco, you distort the Bible, sifting it into arguments of darkness rather than light. You ignore the central commands of Jesus Christ. You completely ignore dialogue, being quick to speak and slow to hear.

    Please don’t come back.


    January 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm

  2. Simply, sad for all liken unto you who love this evil, wicked world and sadder yet for those you lead along the broadway to destruction. […]

    Of course if you have not received “the love of The Truth”, then The Truth that follows will profit you nothing. […]

    [Monte has removed many paragraphs here; see below]


    January 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm

  3. Francisco, what should be beyond controversy, to the “Brethren of the Messiah,” is that all the law and commandments hang upon loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself.”

    Jesus is what the Bible means. I wonder if, perhaps, you have the two inverted. For it sounds like (by implying a definition of “world”) you may be suggesting a course that Jesus himself would reject.

    “Who is my neighbor?” was the self-justifying response to Jesus’ comment. In answer, he told the parable that we call the “Good” Samaritan, using a person they would have despised as “the world” as the example of how Christ-followers should be.

    Sounds a whole lot like the source of MLK’s insights.


    January 21, 2009 at 3:04 pm

  4. The Love of The Truth testifies, “The WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one”…….(1Jn5:19)

    And so it is that The Brethren of The Messiah are exhorted to “Love not the world”…….

    Truth is never ending…….


    January 20, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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