Long Journey Home


Os Guinness

Central Theme
Our spiritual odyssey is a search for meaning that can lead us to futility or to a home rooted in truth and the peace of God’s presence.

Os Guinness lived for ten years in a Buddhist culture, later he sat at the feet of a Hindu guru and then studied at Oxford, a leading secular university. Through it all, as his restless spiritual quest took him through what he identifies as the three families of faith (Eastern, western secular and biblical faith) he discovered the best news ever in the person of Jesus Christ. This book takes the reader on an honest and open journey through the central questions every seeker asks and allows readers to reach their own conclusions

Beliefs num
–Every human is on a search for identity, mission and meaning.
–It is rare to live an examined life in an unexamined age, but without it our search will never lead us to a satisfying home.
–There are three major families of faith: eastern, western secular and the biblical family of faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam).
–Secularism is based on the centrality of the self.
–Eastern thought is based on the detachment from the self.
–Christianity affirms the world because of its view of creation, but denies the world because of its view of the fall.
–Truth is anchored and reinforced in the universe itself.
–Christianity is unique in its assessment that the human search is for truth, not for the personal, desired goals of the seeker.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Do you think all humans are really on a spiritual search?
–What is today’s seeker really seeking?
–Is there only one true way to a personal reunion with God?
–Are you confident your religious tradition is true?

Provocative Quotes byline
–There are three requirements for a fulfilling life. The first two a clear sense of personal identity and a strong sense of personal mission are rooted in the third: a deep sense of life’s meaning.
–The term seeker is in vogue today but used far too casually.
–Traditional Buddhism has no vision whatever of a world entirely just and affliction free.
–Humanisms all-decisive claim is that, since there is no God, there is no revealed meaning. Therefore meaning isn’t disclosed or even discovered. It’s created.
–Because of it’s view of creation, the Christian faith like humanism today and Confucianism in the past openly affirms the world¢â‚¬¦Because of it’s view of the fall, the Christian faith openly denies the world like Buddhism and Hinduism, although for very different reasons.
–Only one family of faiths, the biblical family puts a premium on the absolute importance of truth and explains why truth is anchored and reinforced in the universe itself.
–¢â‚¬ËœTruth” and ¢â‚¬ËœChrist” are ultimately and absolutely indissoluble. Christ, after all, claimed to the truth.
–A thoughtful step of faith has three vital components. It includes knowledge, which grows into conviction, which grows into trust.
–The uniqueness of the biblical view of the quest lies in its estimate of the human ascent towards truth. In most faiths and philosophies, the quest is the great ascent of seekers towards their desired goals.
–What is meant by ¢â‚¬Ëœcalling’? Simply that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service.

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