The Heart Never Lies
There is a proverb from days gone by which is stated in a simple belief, "The Heart Never Lies."
The decision to rely on the intuition of our inner feelings in every case is certainly a subject for debate. The obvious response to this is no! Intuition should be tempered with reason. A decision that is based wholly on the basis of one's own internal response, without regard for evidence and experience is generally an unwise decision. But perhaps our reliance on modern technology in all areas of human endeavor has made us too objective, too prone to look outward for decision - making support, rather than inward to the proofs which each person carries as conscience or inspiration.
These days, we look to computers, recorders, data processors and a wide assortment of additional information systems to provide us a base for almost every major decision. So, we arrange the diagrams, the computer printouts, the statistical reports, and then we decide which stock to buy, or which market will produce the most yield or even which automobile we will buy. Then like the ostrich, which lost its wings because of its dependence on its legs, we who rely totally upon the facilities of deductive logic, may lose the powers of intuition, powers that can extend the facilities of reason and in some cases provide the answer when empirical proofs or experience fail.
Pascal, the French philosopher and mathematician, made the observation about the respective roles of intuition and reason; "The heart has reasons that reason cannot know." Pascal's defense of faith spoken over 3 hundred years ago still rings true. For these are truths that are inscribed only upon the fleshy tablets of the heart, truths which cannot be proven or disproven with logic or observation.
What is faith in God, if not the acceptance of the doctrines of belief that spring from our own internal font of knowledge?
With all the sophistication and technology, may we still, at times, turn inward and listen patiently to the soft but audible whisperings of the heart.
Rev. Hans Lillejord