Sunday, May 13, 2012
The Pearl 7:1 Sharing the Faith of Abraham
St. Ephrem's The Pearl 7:1
As in a race saw I the disputers,
The children of strife,
To taste fire,
To see the air,
To handle the light:
They were troubled at the gleaming,
And struggled to make divisions.
The Son, Who is too subtle for the mind,
Did they seek to feel:
And the Holy Ghost
Who cannot be explored,
They sought to explore with their questionings.
The Father, Who never at any time was searched out,
Have they explained and disputed of.
The sound form of our faith is from Abraham,
And our repentance is from Nineveh and the house of Rahab,
And ours are the expectations of the Prophets,
Ours of the Apostles.
Comment: It sounds like those who try to delve into the intricacies of theology through an attitude of questioning run the risk of becoming heretics.
The model of true faith is not these "disputers", but Abraham. What does St. Ephrem mean by that?