Primal: A Review (Part 3)

10 Dec

According to Batterson, loving God with all of our soul means…

…a soul full of wonder, a soul flooded with the glory of God, a soul awed by beauty and mystery, a soul that hallows God above all else. (52)

One of the great mistakes the modern Christianity has made is reducing God to an object of knowledge and forgetting that God is a mystery who deserves to be marveled at by His creation. Batterson spends much of chapter 4 reminding us that the beauties of His creation, the natural phenomena, are really supernatural phenomena. And if we would take the time to give our soul to the love of God, we would realize that the awesomeness of God can and will invade our life anytime, anywhere, and in any way.

Batterson also reminds us that there is a soul element to the reading of Scripture. If we reduce Scripture reading to nothing more than gaining spiritual information, then we have missed out on an opportunity to love God with our soul. As he writes, “Meditating on Scripture turns one dimensional knowledge into two dimensional understanding” (72). Reading without meditating is like eating without digestion. However, Batterson defines mediation, or at least the end result of meditation, as becoming doers of the word. Again, I think he moves too quickly from the soul to the feet. Loving God with our soul will indeed lead us to act upon His directions and promises in obedience and faith. However, we love God with our soul, not just His creative works. God is in fact lovely and awesome and mysterious. Let us linger on His beauty before we move too quickly to obedience.

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Posted by on December 10, 2009 in Uncategorized


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