The Soul’s Quest For God

RC Sproul is a Reformed theology feller so he and I wouldn’t agree on some things. However, the book I just read by him was pretty good. The Soul’s Quest for God was, ironically enough, all about the soul’s quest for God.

He talks about why the soul wants God, how the soul can be fed, the barriers that stop the soul from getting to God and the eternal destiny of the soul that finds God. He did a fine job I thought.

One problem I would have is that he got a bit carried away quoting Calvin and Edwards. If I wanted to read Calvin and Edwards, I would read Calvin and Edwards. Sproul gave some real good insights into a few passages that really opened them up for me, I wish he had done that more and left Calvin and Edwards in their own books.

I would also add that there were a few things I vehemently disagree with. Like the time he told me that church architecture was a means of grace. Huh?

3 thoughts on “The Soul’s Quest For God”

  1. I am reading a biography of Frank Zappa, a handful of books and articles on English Renaissance music, and doing an in-depth study on Romans. I don’t have time to read books about finding God and such, but I appreciate you doing so.

    Your description of RC’s thesis, that there is within man’s soul an innate longing for God, reminded me of an interesting counterpoint to this. I recently read an argument that says, in rough summary, that the proliferation of religion throughout history does not reflect man’s attempt to find God, but is rather indicative of the lengths to which he will go to run from, to resist, and to deny God. I cannot, at the moment recall the whole argument, but I do find it plausible and not inconsistent with Paul’s painfully complete description of man’s depravity in the first few chapters of Romans.

    Does the popular notion that there is “within all of us a God-shaped hole that only He can fill” really find its basis in truth, I wonder? Because of The Fall, without faith in the propitiating work of Jesus, man really has no redeemable qualities on his own, does he? The unredeemed man is going to hell-in-a-handbasket (which, parenthetically, is one of my favorite turns of phrase because of its perfect inscrutability) and is seemingly not capable nor even demonstrably desirous of a genuine relationship of any kind with a God not of his own making. Even the faith that we have, that conduit through which we receive our blessed measure of mercy, grace, forgiveness, and blessing, is itself a gift from God. Every other religion that I am aware of is all about Man’s ideas and not about God’s.

    I don’t know if I’m ready to sing along or not, but this tune’s got a groove and I can see why some folks might dance.

  2. I think Romans 3 says it best–there is none that seeketh after God. However, God does view us as worth redeeming and so He pursues us. Once He pursues us, makes Himself aware to us through revalation, we then have a desire for Him. I think it would be true that we would have a natural desire for God, we know something is wrong. The Fall did not remove our awareness of the problems that resulted, nor of the idea that God can fix it. Not sure I’m helping but that came to mind.

    I have thought about that phrase as well, the God shaped hole thing. Augustine often gets a pass because he’s Augustine but I’m not sure Augustine was all that great when you read his stuff. he was capable of a fine phrase here and there and had some good ideas. he also spawned the Catholic Church, so, you know. . .

    Actually, I looked it up on the web to see who said that first and no one did really. In fact, it’s more based on Pascal, but I’ve always heard it attributed to Augustine. However, you can find a God-shaped hole on eBay. . .

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