Pascal

546 

GOD through Jesus Christ. 

We know God only by Jesus Christ.

Without this mediator all communion with God is taken away; through Jesus Christ we know God.

All those who have claimed to know God, and to prove Him without Jesus Christ, have had only weak proofs. But in proof of Jesus Christ we have the prophecies, which are solid and palpable proofs. And these prophecies, being accomplished and proved true by the event, mark the certainty of these truths, and therefore the divinity of Christ.

Pride is what is produced  by thinking of knowing God without Jesus Christ, without knowing our own wretchedness. 

In Him then, and through Him, we know God.

Apart from Him, and without the Scripture, without original sin, without a necessary Mediator promised and come, we cannot absolutely prove God, nor teach right doctrine and right morality. But through Jesus Christ, and in Jesus Christ, we prove God, and teach morality and doctrine.

Jesus Christ is then the true God of men.

But we know at the same time our wretchedness; for this God is none other than the Saviour of our wretchedness.

So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities.

Therefore those who have known God, without knowing their wretchedness, have not glorified Him, but have glorified themselves.

547

Not only do we know God by Jesus Christ alone,

but we know ourselves only by Jesus Christ.

We know life and death only through Jesus Christ.

Apart from Jesus Christ, we do not know what is our life, nor our death, nor God, nor ourselves.

Thus without the Scripture, which has Jesus Christ alone for its object, we know nothing, and see only darkness and confusion in the nature of God, and in our own nature.

549

…These are my sentiments; and every day of my life I bless my Redeemer, who has implanted them in me, and who, of a man full of weakness, of miseries, of lust, of pride, and of ambition, has made a man free from all these evils by the power of His grace, to which all the glory of it is due, as of myself I have only misery and error. (Pensees)

Pascal’s Wager

If you erroneously believe in God, you lose nothing (assuming that death is the absolute end), whereas if you correctly believe in God, you gain everything (eternal bliss). But if you correctly disbelieve in God, you gain nothing (death ends all), whereas if you erroneously disbelieve in God, you lose everything (eternal damnation).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaise_Pascal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pens%C3%A9es

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18269/18269-h/18269-h.htm#SECTION_III

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/pascal/pensees.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal%27s_Wager

http://www.iep.utm.edu/pasc-wag/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jansenism

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