The Importance Of Contemplation In The Theology Of Calvinism

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This special stress laid upon on, not just the Word, but deep contemplation on the Word. This contemplation is of critical significance in the theology of Calvinism. Alternatively, it is insufficient for Christians to merely just read the Word or simply hear the Word, the process of spiritual hydration must be accompanied with a deep determination to contemplate the Word, in tandem with both being read or heard. A negligent Christian in this area ensures the potential of many critical doctrinal errors to creep in. Our thoughts begin to rust with disuse. The Word must not be studied superficially, we must bathe in the living water, both constantly and deeply, to influence the soul of the Christian in order to stave off the effects of spiritual
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Only by such that the Word can be securely imprinted and deeply affixed within our soul, situated within the innermost recess of the human heart, so that Christians alike may be truly equipped and fully established by the Word. It is important us to establish ourselves with the Word in any and every situation life has to offer. It ought to be to every evidence we can employ the very goodness of God. Contemplation is more so important for when the Christian is amidst adversity. Contemplation as far as Christian is concerned is a subjective variable, though, within the framework of Word and Prayer. Our primary focus ought to be to exercise our faith and hone our focus on the love of Christ, although, frequently Calvin urges meditation upon the meaning of the passion and death of Christ. Contemplation is not to be confined solely to the cross, because, contemplation that begins on the cross is bound to resolve itself on the beatific image of the risen Christ. Ultimately, on whatever subject, contemplation of the Word is a washing of the Living Water, to enable the Christian to overcome difficulties and temptations, to endure persecution and to be given courage and strength when tempted to fall away. The Lord is faithful, He will never fall away from…show more content…
Although, our understanding of the German term humanism from which the English word humanism is derived does not appear to have been coined common vernacular before 1808. The term directly derives from the Latin humanist - derived in a specific sense during the Renaissance period. The Latin humanista, conjoined with vernacular is equivalent in other languages, and had, by the sixteenth century come to be used to signify a professor, teacher or student of the humanities as these disciplines were understood during this period as the revival of cultural ideals. The studies of humanities were held to lead to the civilized culture of the schooled and well educated according to the Roman ideal found especially in the works of Cicero and Aulus Gellius, a Latin writer of the second century
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