I Think, Therefore I’m Not God

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