god in a box

02/25/2015

 
    Blaise Paschal (1623-1662), a French scientist and religious philosopher, wrote his “Pensees,” fragments, if not little gems presenting his view of the world. His thoughts trace the universal search for God as he cuts across doctrine and into the very heart of the moral problem. When I am tired or distracted, Paschal’s terse sentences can re-start my thinking. He wrote, “Two extremes: to exclude reason, to admit reason only.”
    When you are considering God, his essence and actions, his very existence, do you exclude reason or do you admit reason only? For some people, the pursuit of God is wholly mystical. To think is to retard the search. For others, the pursuit of God is wholly rational. The only way to encounter God is through rationalism. Paschal is refreshingly biblical in his aphorism. God is essentially incomprehensible, yet he has revealed himself to us. His revelation in nature and in inspired word can be received and interpreted by use of reason. Nevertheless, some of the divine revelation defies reason and must be considered as a presentation of the divine Person above and beyond the human mind.
    We use our minds to understand God, moving us to marvel. At the same time we use our minds to marvel at what we have discovered to be incomprehensible about God. Recently I heard of a well-educated woman who confessed to have made her own god.  Now she has a god in a box.
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