Tuesday, August 9, 2005


Michael Polanyi a philosopher has a concept called indwelling.  In indwelling it is as if we become part of things we are not a part of.  An example would be a hammering in a nail.  Do you feel the pressure of the handle on your hand or the force of the nail being driven in.  Polanyi sees the mind as seeing the hammer as if it is an extension of our hand.  Another example might be two people looking at a go game.  The first sees nothing black and white pieces arranged in a combination.  The other sees details of an intricate fight ranging over the board.  The one who truly sees the details has indwelled the Go game. Reading the bible isn’t about picking up a lot of facts.  It is about indwelling it so that the biblical concepts become a part of you, so that your mind dwells in the bible as if the bible is a substance that you can immerse yourself in.  If immersing yourself in the bible and dwelling in biblical concepts is possible the question is if it is desirable.  The bible speaks of wisdom like this in Proverbs 8:17-19:
I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
And the bible is only speaking of wisdom here!  How much more wonderful is God than wisdom!  He is the source of all wisdom and is the embodiment of all that is excellent!
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