Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blessed Are the Confused

Cover of Cover of Further Along the Road Less Traveled



*M. Scott Peck*


When Jesus gave his big sermon, the first words out of his mouth were: "Blessed are the poor in spirit." There are a number of ways to translate"poor in spirit," but on an intellectual level, the best translation is "confused."

Blessed are the confused. If you ask why Jesus might have said that, then I must point out to you that confusion leads to a search for clarification and with that search comes a great deal of learning. For an old idea to die and a new and better idea to take place, we have to go through periods of confusion. It is uncomfortable, sometimes painful to be in such periods. Nonetheless it is blessed because when we are in them, we are open to the new, we are looking, we are growing.

And so it is that Jesus said, "Blessed are the confused." Virtually all of the evil in this world is committed by people who are absolutely certain they know what they're doing. It is not committed by people who think of themselves as confused. It is not committed by the poor in spirit.
Now, this teaching makes sense to me!


Source: *Further Along the Road Less Traveled*
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4 comments:

Don said...

Fits me perfectly!

Sue said...

"Virtually all of the evil in this world is committed by people who are absolutely certain they know what they're doing. It is not committed by people who think of themselves as confused. It is not committed by the poor in spirit."

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Nice :) I remember when I first stepped foot out of Sunday morning meetings for good, and my next-door neighbour, when I was talking about my confusion in recalibrating my thoughts about everything, jumped in with "God is not the author of confusion."

And it was just like a conversation stopper right there. "You shouldn't be feeling this way." How nice if I could have responded, "Blessed are the confused" :)

It makes total sense. Anyone living in any kind of reality-based paradigm will see we need to doubt and be confused to get from one point to another.

Good post :)

Don said...

Sue- If "God is not the author of confusion", then why are there so many contradictions, obvious errors, mistakes in the Bible? The answer, IMO, is that the Bible was written by MEN, not by God. I have heard the quote you gave all my life. I feel it has absolutely no meaning. It is we who are the author's of our own confusion. As Brian said, confusion leads to research for an answer. It leads us to new positions, and to growth.
Sounds like God is in it to me! Thanks for your comment here.

MysticBlueRose said...

I love this!!! Blessed are the confused!!! Then many of us are SOOOOO blessed!!! LOL