Thursday, September 29, 2005

Musings on Purity

It's 3 a.m., and I'm at school. Left my apartment at around 7:30 a.m. Long days are great. They really are. They're tiring, but they allow you to get more done. I'm about to go and continue working on homework that's due for my first class today at 8:00. But before I do, I decided to write a blog entry.

I've been thinking about the concept of purity recently. What it is exactly, and how to attain it. It seems that it's actually the absence of something, the absence of impurity. Ok, that's a little redundant. But that's only what it seems to be, since everything we know in this world that was affected by the fall has some degree of imperfection. So the less imperfection something has, or seems to have from our point of view, the more pure it is.

God is pure. We all know this. But God was pure before impurity existed. Pure might be analogous to good. Good ought not be defined as the absence of evil, since evil depends on good in order to exist, rather than the other way around. So if pure is analogous to good, then the same has to be true about purity with respects to impurity.

So then, how do we define good? Perhaps good can be defined as this. The way it is supposed to be. A car is good if it runs the way it was designed to. So if we're doing what we were designed to do, than we are good. So pure can, I think, be defined the same way. If something is pure, then it is doing what it is designed to do. And, since all people should strive for purity, we were all designed to be pure. If we are not pure, then there is something wrong, and we are functioning with limitations and faults.

This is just my thinking, spur of the moment type stuff. I may change my mind tomorrow, or I may think further in the same direction and come up with a more organized, more refined thought on purity. One thing is for certain, purity is an amazing thing that we should all strive for. Shortcomings in this area is about the same as having sand in your gas tank. Not good.


At 5:07 PM , Blogger Geoff Smith said...

1Jo 3:1-3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (2) Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. (3) And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.


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