Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: a modern struggler

From a modern struggler: “People who ask many questions and want many answers are fools. Distrusting themselves, they turn to the vain and empty opinions of others.”

Also: “To see perfection in oneself is the beginning of error.”

This modern struggler really puts it out there. As a person who asks questions that I would like answers to, I was a bit taken aback by this when I first read it.  But after mulling it over prayerfully, I think the emphasis should be on the second sentence.

What do they distrust about themselves? Is it their faith? Their ability to follow Jesus?  I don’t really know what the struggler means but the vain and empty opinions of others is something I’ve encountered over and over again.

Despite a failure to pay attention to educated people, evidence, facts, history, truth, there are those who form opinions based on anecdotal evidence or even out of their own fears and then want to insist such opinions are as valid as people pay attention to educated people, evidence, facts, history, truth.  Which they are not.

As for the third sentence, what need I say about it?  A person who believes themselves to be perfect is a person who very much requires the services of mental health professionals STAT.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s