Monday, November 15, 2004

The mean is not the end I was continuing with my study of Colossians this morning and was meditating on the third verse, speaking of Christ:
Col 2:3 ...In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Paul states here that within the person of Christ is the full explanation of reality; the "treasures" thesauros, deposit or wealth of both "wisdom" sophia and "knowledge", gnosis, meaning to know, or speaking of science. This statement speaks volumes; within Christ can be found the exact essence of what both philosophy and science are striving for. The word "philosophy" is from philosophia, a conjugate of philos, to love, and sophia, meaning wisdom. Thus philosophy is nothing more than the pursuit of wisdom, i.e. to understand reality by studying it. The statement "wisdom and knowledge" embodies the fact that all of humanity's desire to obtain wisdom and knowledge is founded on a desire for an accurate understanding of reality, to find meaning for that which is. As is evident by the multitudes of scientists and philosophers coupled with their diversity of opinions, philosophy and science by themselves cannot satisfy the burning questions that trouble humans. Philosophy and science, when used properly, can certainly be a means to learn about God. But like any hammer, screwdriver or can opener; they are useless if not detrimental tools when used for something other than that for which they were intended. In other words, the tool is not an end unto it's self, they are but a means to an end. Without it's proper end, the use of a tool is at best unfulfilling and at worst engendering of dispair in the user. Christ alone provides meaning for reality, and only through faith in Him can a true understanding of all that is be obtained. Christ is alone completely and totally sufficient. Praise the Lord for His never ending love and mercy.

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