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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

So who is God? God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; he is one God. Do not ask to know more of God. If you want to see into the depths of God, you must know the depths of the natural world, for knowledge of the Trinity is compared to knowledge of the sea: “And the great depths, who shall fathom them?” (Job 11:7). Just as the depths of the sea are invisible to the human eye, so too the godhead of the Trinity is beyond human sense and understanding.

I submit, therefore, that if people want to know what they should believe, they should not think that they will understand better through arguments than through belief; if they do that, they will be further from the wisdom of God than they were before. If you seek the highest knowledge of God, do not search through words and arguments but through perfect and right action. Forget the tongue with its godless theories and supposals, but take up faith, which flows out of a pure and simple heart. How can you find something beyond the world if you seek it by means of an argument?

But if you seek it by faith, you will find knowledge of God through the gate of wisdom. Wisdom is in a certain sense attained when you believe in the invisible without first demanding to understand it. You must believe in God as he is, that is, invisible — and then perhaps with your pure heart you will be able to see him.

 Columbanus

 

Awakening Faith Devotional

Awakening Faith: Daily Devotionals from the Early Church

by James Stuart Bell and Patrick J. Kelly

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