At church this morning, something that stood out to me was a stanza from the hymn "Angels from the Realms of Glory".
"Sages, leave your contemplations
"Brighter visions beam afar,
"Seek the great Desire of nations,
"Ye have seen his natal star:
"Come and worship, come and worship
Worship Christ, the newborn King."
made me think about intellectualism and how there are Christians who
believe that we can find the answers to our questions in Jesus. I often
find myself discontent within intellectualism, seeing it as a process
of continually trying to find a place on unstable ground and having
empty discussions without arriving at anything satisfying to the soul.
But I'd also be discontent were I to force myself into an evangelical
mold, which disregarded nuance and assumed that we have all the
answers. There is a joy that comes from not having a lot of the answers
and therefore going on a quest to find them, only to find that those
"answers" are not entirely adequate. Life then becomes an adventure, of
continuously unpacking mysteries. But there's also a joy that comes
from finding the answer, and that answer giving you joy, peace, and a
sense of mission in life. Can one have both?
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