I have before me two books I purchased which I have yet to read. The title of one is “Paul, apostle of the heart set free”: The other is called “Paul, an outline of his theology.” If you were to judge these two works by their title alone, which author do you think has entered more into the life and experience of the Apostle Paul?
Both writers are of high repute in Christian spheres, so I make no aspersions towards them.
I would point out that today we tend either to the extremes of intellectual understanding of Christianity and theology, without the vital experience of it in our lives or to the other extreme of seeking the experience of Christianity with only a passing and superficial understanding of its tenets.
The tendency today is to go for the experience as the main end of our religion.
Christ and Christianity involves the whole person. Our intellectual and spiritual capacities are different and have varying capacities. In the things of God there is ample scope for mind and spirit to grow and flourish, it would be wrong to favour one over the other as they both bring blessings peculiar to themselves with them.
Even in the wildest storms the sky is not all dark; and so in the darkest dealings of God with His children, there are always some bright tokens for good.
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