Is Christianity an intellectual pursuit?
- Anonymous1 month ago
Maybe, but spirituality isn’t
- Anonymous1 month ago
It's a commitment of the heart and a spiritual journey.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 71 month ago
It can be, but it need not be. Christianity is very many things, and different people discover different levels of it, according to their station in life. The wonder of it is that there is no end to knowing more and more about it, because it is the pursuit of God, in Christ, by the Spirit, yet even those who have no formal education (who cannot even read or write) can aspire to spiritual heights of understanding that those who merely consider it as an intellectual exercise cannot begin to fathom.
So, absolutely yes, the intellect must be engaged if Christianity is to make any sense, because it flies right in the face of merely intellectual considerations. God appeals to our reason (though in order to elevate mere human thinking to higher realms). Here's an example of that, where God says to His covenant people, "Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow [refers to blood staining the hands of murderers, see vss. 15 & 21]. Though they are red as crimson they shall be like wool [figurative language about the result of God's forgiveness of repentant sinners, see Psalm 51:7]."
But God's blessing requires the people He is appealing to to reform their lives [vs 19-20]. So, while it is eminently reasonable beyond what humans would expect, it calls for changed living, changed attitudes. Action is needed, based on knowing God. Jesus confirmed that when exposing the hypocrisy of intellectual religious leaders of his day, who treated religion as a head-trip and not a heart-transplant: "Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life, yet they are they which testify of me and you will not come to me, that you might have life." (John 5:39-40)
It is imperative that Christians search the scriptures, in order that they then humble themselves before the Christ who can be discovered therein, and to come in faith to this Christ, the Savior, that they obtain life eternal from Him. The lovely thing is that even those unable to read the scriptures can still find life eternal in Christ by a simple faith that trusts and obeys, whereas those priding themselves in their intellectualism will be left behind, outside of the Kingdom of God.
- 1 month ago
The knowledge between physical universers and the spiritual universers needs an higher train of thought.The two coexist. Christianty is my bridge between the two.
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- SBR32277Lv 71 month ago
If it is, it leads to becoming an ex-christian.
- PubliusLv 71 month ago
No, it is a spiritual pursuit that has logical ramifications in our lives.
- PaulLv 71 month ago
No, everyone from the most intelligent to the mentally challenged can know God and live in relationship with Him, as shown by the fact that hundreds of millions of people of every possible background already do so.
- okiknowitLv 71 month ago
It can be. Learning an ancient language to understand the scriptures is intellectual, sitting on a pew listening to a priest without a critical discussion of what he said is not.
- jon pikeLv 71 month ago
Intellectual, spiritual, psychological, moral, wise, peaceful, logical, and eternal.
- megalomaniacLv 71 month ago
No, it's a belief system. Beliefs don't require any rationality or intellectual rigor, they can be whatever you want. It's more like a creative pursuit.