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10 Sayings about Religion

These are English sayings and proverbs about religion.

Click on any saying for more information and notes.

Sayings

A short prayer penetrates heaven

The implication is that brevity is effective in winning the ear of Heaven, and, by extension, anyone from whom we seek help.

Even the prayers of an ant reach to Heaven

God hears all living beings.

God helps them that help themselves

This semi-humorous saying suggests that we should not rely entirely on God to help us. God will help us if we make an effort.

God moves in a mysterious way

The implication is that God's plan is beyond human understanding. God has a reason for everything, however strange it may seem to us.

Man proposes, God disposes

Human beings can make any plans they want, but it's God that decides their success or failure.

Poor men go to heaven as soon as rich

God makes no distinction between people with money and people without money.

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose

1) Bad people can appear to be good to achieve their objective. 2) Even good things can be twisted to achieve bad ends.

The nearer the Church, the farther from God

1) The implication is that those who are most involved in any religious system, its organizers and high priests, are in danger of separating themselves from God. 2) If written as "The nearer the church, the farther from God", the implication might be a warning about placing too much importance on material buildings, and a reminder that God is everywhere.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions

1) People who believe they are doing good can end up doing bad (the law of unintended consequences). 2) There is no value in simply planning to do good if you don't actually do it.

When the devil cannot come, he will send

The implication is that the devil is very persistent. He will always find a way to tempt us. If the devil cannot bring temptation to us himself, he will find someone else to bring it.

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