I have always had a lot of respect for Renee Descartes and his concept of, “I think, therefore I am.” I struggle with taking too much pride in my knowledge and ability to reason; before I came to know God, I ignorantly thought that my ability to think logically made me god. A few months ago I came to the realization that Descartes’ statement was essentially saying, “I think, therefore I’m god.” “I am” is a name for God – in his declaration, Descartes was expressing his belief that his ability to reason made him God. “I think, therefore I am.” God is the only I AM, though. Man’s capacity for thought is a lens through which he is able to view God, but it will never make him God, and honestly, I am grateful for that. I acted as my own god for years and the results were always disastrous. My life has significantly improved upon the realization that I am not and never will be God. I am gifted by God with the ability to think and that ability should be utilized to recognize God’s status as I AM. I think, therefore I can recognize that there is a God, and I’m not Him.
Written by Kristen, Refuge Resident