August 14, 2010

The great koan...

Pascal, Penseé #631:

It is good to be tired and weary from fruitlessly seeking the true good, so that one can stretch out one's arms to the Redeemer.

Awesome line! Peter Kreeft comments (Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal's Pensees):

Suprise! "Seek and you shall find" is a koan, an unsolvable puzzle. If we do not seek, we will not find; but finding God does not come as a direct result of our seeking either. We don't find God as we find a planet but more as we find a mate. We do not find God, we are found by God. (See the last two paragraphs of chapter 11 of C. S. Lewis' Miracles.)

So you can't get to God by trying, and you can't get to him by not trying. It's an unsolvable puzzle, solvable only by God.

If it is the true God we are dealing with, and not some figment of our comfortable imagination, we will come sooner or later to a turning point in our search where we discover that"you can't get there from here" (in the words of the famous Vermont farmer joke); that our ignorance, our impotence and above all our sin blocks our access to God; and that unless God has stretched out his hand to save us, we cannot stretch out our hand to him and be saved.

At this point we discover what we can do: just say Yes, accept, believe, receive, open our tight-clenched hands and hearts and let him enter.

If you have never done that, it's not too late—yet.
Posted by John Weidner at August 14, 2010 4:50 PM
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