Monday, March 28, 2005

Fool's Quest

Pascal once wrote that the truth is so obscured, unless we love it we will never recognize it.

I once thought I wanted to be a theologian (in the professional, paid to do it sense). I still want to be one, even if unpaid. But the job prospects are not terribly inviting.

I have debated, posted, and wrangled with men and women over the teachings of God in one capacity or another for over ten years. And to this day, I cannot begin to comprehend how people come to their theological conclusions, or why. I have seen debates rage over issues great and small - and both sides, who claim devotion to the God of the Scripures and those Scriptures themselves, come to irreconcilably opposite conclusions, and neither will budge. I have fought in those debates myself. I have labored in the understanding that man is rational, and that we must follow what reason and right interpretation tells us no matter the cost.

The only problem is, nobody plays by that rule - even, to my own chagrin, me.

Human beings are rational only to the point where it proves them right. After that, the loopholes appear, the rhetoric ratchets up, the fallacies sprout up like danelions. We do not value being correct so much as being *right*. Ego, not reason, rules the heart and mind of man.

And if that is the case, then whence theology (which is supposed to be the correct thinking about God?) If we won't listen, or admit we're wrong once in awhile...

What's the point of teaching if everyone is a know-it-all?

And isn't it a bit egotistic of me to assume *I'm* more right than anyone else?

Perhaps I need to go back to Pascal for a bit more instruction in humility.


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