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A Kingdom and a Throne

John Eldridge has written much in regard to the heart.  I was wondering this morning how does the heart and the imagination interface? (see Imagination).  While I believe the imagination is an image-nation in which the truth must have free reign, the heart is at the center.  It is where we are personally involved.  Simply stated, I believe the imagination is the Kingdom and the heart is the throne.  We are personally connected to the throne. In fact, we determine who sits upon the throne within our imagination.  

I believe the heart (soul) incorporates both intellect (motive) and emotion.  Picture a row boat, one oar is named emotion and the other motive.  Emotion is our power stroke, it compels us to press forward.  Motive is our guidance system, where will we go, what will we do?.

Intellect (motive) without passion is sterility, passion without intellect is chaos.  In this life we must learn to navigate between sterility and chaos. The key is keeping both oars in the water.
Steve

C.S. Lewis was a man of intellect and passion.  He also had an imagination unmatched by many of his time.  His ability to put that imagination on paper (first, as a fiction author), to transform his imagination into subliminal views on the spiritual realm, and maintain a story line is yet to be equalled.  He speaks directly to our soul, through our eyes, mind, and heart  while presenting a world that is broken, a world in a spiritual war, a world far away from peace.  

This world picture he painted, was painted before the 1960s.  In the 50 years following 1960, the spiritual war has continued to find battlefields in minds across the globe.  Screwtape Letters is a clever story that illustrates this precisely.  This is a story that everyone needs to read because it opens up a place in the mind that hasn't been opened before.  Once it's been read, that view of the spirit war stays in the front of your mind.  

Rick--your quote "Intellect without passion is sterility, passion without intellect is chaos" is well said and clearly understood.  Intellect is only meaningful in a specific trade one pursues.  Passion/obsession is only meaningful if it's used to glorify God or serve humanity through God's calling.  

Intellect without God is "meaningless, like chasing the wind" (the ending taken from my favorite book of the bible Ecclesiastes).  

What good will intelligence do without using it to seek truth?  Use your intellectual mind to figure out what questions to ask--then ask them!  

Intelligence comes from the soul we're given by God, and that soul sometimes asks:

Why am I here?  
Do I have a purpose?
What great plan am I a part of?
Why did I receive a human body?  
Why am I loved freely and why do I deserve salvation?
Once I'm taken from this earth, where do I go immediately?
Why does the concept of living in an eternal situation seem unclear?  
How can I best be used on the spiritual battlefield against our enemy?
Rick

Unbridled passion must be passion without intellect.  Clearly God intended passion and the intellect to be codependent and surrendered to His will.  There's a word (codependency) which gets a lot of negative press today.

This may not be well thought out (giving passion more rope) but it seems to me that all relationships are codependent. If they are not, then I wonder what the point is in a relationship?  Being depended upon and depending upon others is one of the more positive aspects of a relationship.  According to 1 Corinthians 12:7, we are all gifted uniquely for the common good.

Perhaps the negative concept of codependency is born from fear of losing ones identity to another, or not recognizing our so-called individual wholeness.  Another may be the baggage that we share when we are in a codependent relationship.

It seems to me that when Christ became man it was for the sake of a codependent relationship with us.  He bears our baggage as a result of our relationship with Him.  A relationship that, in turn, is designed for our dependence upon His eternal wholeness.

Are we not to lose our identity in Him?  Are we not to take up our cross and follow Him?  

My brother, Russ, said something profound this past weekend.  He pointed out that some say, "I would be willing to die for you!" but a better question is, "Are you willing to live for me?"  

Christ says, "When you do unto the least of these, you are doing it unto me."

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If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. --C. S. Lewis