"Loving God With Our Mind" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

November 14, 2016

     

 

     Blaise Pascal was a brilliant French physicist, mathematician and philosopher who lived in the 1600's. 


    Pascal had a life-changing experience with God one evening in November of 1654. He wrote that he experienced God in a way that he claimed was “not of philosophers and men of science,” but which left him with in his words, “Certainty. Certainty. Feeling of joy and peace. The God of Jesus Christ . . . joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.”


    This experience was so important to Blaise Pascal that he sewed a written copy of it into the lining of his clothes. He carried this with him until his death.


    For the last few years of his life, this brilliant man worked on a treatise, defending the Christian faith.


    I sometimes come across people who look upon faith in God and upon Christianity with such intellectual derision and scorn. At times like that, I remember Pascal, who had more intellect in his little finger than many of us will ever have in totality. 


    Was this physicist, mathematician and philosopher foolish? Was he deceived? 


    I guess my point is this. You don’t have to sacrifice your intellect to believe in God. 


    In fact, Jesus said to love the Lord with all of our “heart, soul, strength and mind.” (Luke 10:27)


    To love God . . . with our mind. 
 

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