Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ineffability

This popped up in my reader from nakedpastor.com a while ago.


It made the rounds almost instantaneously in certain blog circles.

A couple of thoughts:

#1--I frequently feel this way. I'm in a place where it's easy for me to know what I don't think is true, but it is extremely hard for me to articulate what I do think is true. Negation is much easier than propagation. Whenever I want to put something forward about what/who God really is, I feel the limitations of my own words and thoughts. They're just not big enough. And even if they were, they are still bound by their own restraints.

#2--Even though nakedpastor hits it on the head with this one....as of yet I don't think that he, or anyone else who has posted it, has actually "shut up". So maybe we are good at ignoring the urge to simply be silent.

;-)

3 comments:

Like a Child said...

On a related note, since i'm so indecisive, i wonder if i should just stop blogging!

james said...

Words strain,

Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,

Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,

Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,

Will not stay still.

TS Eliot

Or as his friend Williams pointed out, there is "the Way of affirmation of images and the Way of rejection of images," each of which needs the other.

Our words are models of the world, and while they are useful and necessary they are not perfect. God is loving, but that plays out differently in an infinitely knowledgeable being than it does in us. So when I say "loving" it both enlightens and obscures...

And so I chatter on, because the world is entitled to my words :-)

Assistant Village Idiot said...

"Negation is much easier than propagation"

Exactly.