2.19.2005

I Didn't Think, Yet I Still Am!

“I think, therefore I am.” This is the primal thought of the modern age. It is the standard by which we define existence. It announces our arrival as individuals. The individual that arrives under this premise is a lonely person whose existence is defined only in relationship to itself. S/he has become nothing more than a concept. For this individual, thought is the only standard—the only true reality. Thus, even God is nothing more than a concept and thought. Truly, in this existence, God is only a figment of the imagination.

God declares Himself as I AM. God is not a what. He is not an object of thought. God is a “who.” More importantly, He is the Who. Being a person in relationship to other persons becomes the ultimate definition of existence and meaning. As beings created in His image and likeness, we can echo these sentiments. We resonate with the words, “I am.”

What does this practically mean? How are we to apply this to life and catechesis? What is conversion and discipleship? If conversion is about transformation of mind (Romans 12:2), how must our idea of who we are and how we define ourselves change in light of this fact?

My existence means something to God. We passionately want in our inner being to declare “I am,” my meaning is not summed up in my thinking, but in being a person, in being a “who.”

This is the message we are bringing humanity. It is not a message of “becoming a ‘who’,” but of realizing that I am already a ‘who’ because of Jesus Christ. Indeed, I AM, therefore, I am too!

4 comments:

  1. God is my author, and because I was written into His story, I am. My story means something to him, and it shows His glory somehow. Good thoughts here, man. I think this ties in well to what Chris has been talking about lately--that is, a new way of imagining, a new way of thinking.

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  2. descartes, "I think therefore I am" was the first thing he was able to prove to himself after he set up a system of systematic doubt. I was the only foundation he could come back to first. The second thing was the existence of God. He determined that God could not only exist in his mind because there was no cause great enough there to get the effect: God. Therefore, according to the man who entered us into the modern era God exists outside of us, and without going into the detail of his argument in the cause of all things in the external world.

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  3. good stuff guys. Eric, of course, your right. My post is actually nothing more than a restatement of something Thomas Merton said, but in dumbed-down language for people like me.

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  4. i like merton. he's fun. i want to read more of him. and i, as usual, was being antagonistic(sp?). i think it spurs people on to more and fresh conversation which is a good thing.

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