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Showing posts with label John Piper Desiring God Christian hedonism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Piper Desiring God Christian hedonism. Show all posts

Monday, June 22, 2009

Desiring God!

I like John Piper teaching and I love reading his many books. His latest book Desiring God is a book with a very basic concept of Christianity that many seem to have missed. In which he expresses as a logical syllogism:

  1. Humans desire happiness and pleasure.
  2. God's being is the source of all happiness and pleasure.
  3. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to pursue God wholeheartedly.
John Piper calls this concept Christian hedonism, and his main statement is, "God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in Him."

Why is it that we so often attribute undesirable qualities to God, but we also recognize that He commands us to desire Him?

This won't work. Humans are not wired to want someone who harms them or treats them badly. We are wired to desire those who are desirable to us in some way. God made us. It would have been ridiculous for Him to command us to do something that can't be done.

Instead, "We love because he first loved us." - 1 John 4:19

I think I know a lot of people who wish they desired God and feel very guilty because they can't seem to want Him as much as they feel they should. I have done this as well. The truth is, though, that when we have a real encounter with the heart breakingly attractive Person of God, we cannot help but desire Him. When we are touched by God's love, mercy, beauty, tenderness, justice, comfort, glory, majesty, and intimacy, it becomes inconceivable for us not to desire Him (though our feelings will always wax and wane).

I suppose what I am trying to say is that if an object is desirable to us, we will desire it automatically. If it is not desirable to us, we won't desire it. Desire cannot be manufactured.