In Faust, Goethe has the doctor translating John’s Prologue. But in place of “in the beginning was the Word”—God’s logos—he said, in the beginning was the Deed. To Goethe, don’t bother with words, just act.
Untrue, counter-productive and dangerous. For how can we produce the desired deed unless the correct word inspires it?
The apostle Paul discussed that in I Corinthians 14:7-8. Using musical instruments as an illustration, “things that make sounds,” each must have distinctive notes, arranged as the composer designed, to create a specific message. But the idea precedes the production. Each native English speaker faces the same problem when he uses the phone, or orders take-out from fast food. We hear so many “variations” of English spoken we’re often left with no idea what’s being said. Again, without clear words, deeds can be garbled, confusing and irritating.
Consider Napoleon again. He brooded over many issues, the purpose of existence being a major concern. But as a lieutenant colonel in 1791, he decided that action alone mattered; that even if it didn’t lead to happiness, it excelled introspection/study/the word! By following his persuasion, he excelled in military expertise that brought him to the pinnacle of fame, but eventually to defeat and exile on St. Helena.
Where do we want our action to take us in life? If it doesn’t matter, don’t bother to think. Just act. Follow whatever course seems expedient. It will take us somewhere, or nowhere, but we won’t know what or where it is until we get there.
The Christian isn’t fooled. We must start with a word, the WORD, the WORD made flesh John 1:14. He embodies all he wants us to presently be, and we in our best moments want to be. And when we have followed him to the end he chooses…there we shall see him as he IS, in his Glory, sitting beside God.
And there…God, who is truly the Great Father, with Jesus, who is truly his Great Lamb, will be the cynosure of all thought, activity, and every single deed! For God, who is always the Great Father, and Jesus, who is always his Great I AM, will be our One Desire, the Sole Idea who gives meaning to all else in his new creation. – Fini –
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Apologetics book: Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1
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The Parables of Jesus at www.createspace.com/7164741
Gift of the GIVER:Gifts for the GIVER, Vol. 2 at www.createspace.com/7551153
Their Own Best Defense, Vol. 2, Part 2 at www.createspace.com/7446349