Pascal began writing Thoughts on November 23, 1654
We have previously discussed Pascal and his Pensee or Thoughts in defense of Christianity on prior posts. This particular portion of his writing has been characterized as the misery of man without God. In a sense, it is a further expression as is all Biblical truth of matters discussed in the Bible itself. In this instance:
Who is as the wise man and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God. Be not hasty to go out of his sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him. Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou? Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.
Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.” – Ecclesiastes 8:1-8 (KJV)
It all really comes down to does man love God or does man only love man. And if man only truly love himself is he capable of being selfless? Yet, we have historical example after historical example in which men have acted with complete selflessness and sometimes a complete loss of self for the glory of God and of our fellow man. It’s a lot to think on .. and we should.
This portion of Pascal’s Thoughts may be read here:
Alternatively, it may be listened to in an audiobook format here:
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