30th July 2011

Enlightenment

“The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;”
Psalm 19:8 (NKJV)
 

Thousands camped out in the fields of Glastonbury in June.  Rain or shine, many make their annual pilgrimage to this Festival of music, which had its beginning in the 1970’s hippy culture, searching for love and enlightenment. 

During the ‘Age of Enlightenment’, philosophers turned to human reason to attain, in the words of Immanuel Kant, “Mankind’s final coming of age, the emancipation of the human consciousness from an immature state of ignorance and error.” (*Essay by Immanuel Kant, Answering the Question:  What Is Enlightenment?)  

Buddha means ‘The Enlightened One’, and in  Buddhism, enlightenment occurs when you discover the truth about life.  The only trouble is whether what you discover is truly the truth.  Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” 

Enlightenment has been a thread through history as mankind seeks for the meaning of life and searches for relevance, desperately hoping to make an impact and gain immortality, not understanding that Eternal Life is a gift from God, for the asking. (John 3:16) 

Prayer
I pray the prayer in Ephesians 1:17-18, “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints;”
Amen
 

Study by Nancy Silcox

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