here's an interesting question: Is it possible
to lose one's right to seek God?
fact that one asserts a right would seem to suggest
that there are times and situations in which that
right is curtailed or denied. But, on the other hand,
the fact that it is asserted in the face of such curtailment
would seem to suggest that this opposition is wrong.
So, I am
going with the proposition that the right to seek
God and his will is incapable of loss and immune from
abridgement. But there is a sneaky bit in that statement,
right cannot be lost, neither can it be exhausted.
That is, the right to seek God is so essentially human,
that the man or woman who abandons the search does
a wrong a great as that of the hater of God! Moreover,
because God is infinite, there is never a time when
seeking is without an object, when God is known so
fully that the right is without usefulness.
If we have
a right to seek God, does God have an obligation to
be found; to make himself known?
be the trickiest question of all. And the answer is
NO. If God had an obligation to be found, the seeker
would be superior to the One sought. Our right to
seek God who makes us is as much his gift as is the
life he bestows.
the world's most brilliant man, has God say this:
You would not be seeking me unless I had first found
a quote that nags me from my student days: Affairs
are soul size. The enterprise is exploration into
God (Christopher Fry, A Dream of Prisoners).
no human knowledge that is godless. There is no human
knowing that is true if godless. There is no science
of humanity that is not also - or maybe primarily
- the science of God.
heaven, we will go on and on learning about God. The
little boy on the seashore who challenged Augustine's
attempt to understand the Trinity was right. No more
than his hole in the sand could contain the ocean
can a human mind comprehend its own source.
Pascal, to find is to know the infinity of the search.
this paradoxical - if not oxymoronic - stuff is not
aimed at discouraging anyone. But the novice theologian,
just like the veteran one, must be prepared to understand
that knowledge of God is knowledge of, not an unknowable
God, but of a God whose truth is beyond capturing
in a single thought or proposition or mind. That is
why real theologians always operate in a community,
a tradition, a church; what no single person can do
or achieve, many might in concert with each other
across space and time.
makes clear that the best tools of the theologian
lie, not in his intellect, but in his will - in faith,
in hope and in love. But that was Saint Peter's definition
of theology before there were theologians: an account
of the hope that is ours.
and truly and theologically yours,