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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Jennifer Garner: Makes Me Happy

"cute women - another reason to be cheerful"

"All men seek happiness," says Blaise Pascal. "This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man..."

I believe Pascal is right. And, I came across a blog which was merrily proclaiming the lifestyle of "Christian Hedonism" - the believe that God purposefully designed us to pursue happiness...

But surely seeking your own happiness isn't sound biblical doctrine? Aren't Christians supposed to seek God, not their own pleasure? Apparently this isn't so far removed as might be thought... Pleasure-seeking (hedonism): basically means that we value most what we delight in most. Pleasure is not then God's competitor if we accredit Him with having created whatever it is that we're enjoying...

I mean - if a friend tells you, "I really enjoy being with you," you wouldn't accuse him of being self-centered. Why? Because your friend's delight in you is the evidence that you have great value in his / her heart.

Might not the same be true of God? So whilst marvelling at the physically pleasant attributes of Jennifer Garner may not be everybody's idea of a religious expression of worship - but taking pleasure in God's creation is actually exactly what He'd like us to be doing!

Sign me up as a devout Christian Hedonist...

Worship with me by click these links to other Darkmatters posts about Jennifer Garner:

She is Great Looking

Elektra Is "Awful" Admits Garner

Film Review: Elektra

1 comment:

Unknown said...

The big question of Christian Hedonism is where is the greatest happiness found.

As CS Lewis said we're mostly too easily satisfied.

Or that other Christian Hedonism Charles Simeon who said: A nominal Christian is content with proving the way of salvation by a crucified Redeemer. But the true Christian loves it, delights in it, glories in it, and shudders at the very thought of glorying in anything else...

God makes me happy.

The greatest tragedy would be to glory in creation rather than creator...