Pascal lived in a time when Christians were fighting not only those of other faiths, but themselves as well. Still, he sought to show that the Christian faith was true. Beebe and Foster write, “The Christian faith is true, he said, because it offers the best understanding of human nature: why we are the way we are and what we can do to remedy our condition. The Christian faith neither glamorizes our strengths nor ignores our weaknesses.”

Humans are both good and bad. We have our inspiring moments, but we also have times when our actions make us shudder. Our problem, according to Pascal, is that we constantly seek to divert ourselves from what is real. There are three orders of reality: body, mind, and heart. The body is the lowest and governed by desire.
“Any life lived on the order of the body alone will end in emptiness.” The mind is of a higher order than the body, but still does not bring us into direct contact with God. We become aware of our need for God, but it is on the order of the heart “where God reaches us not through our desires or intellect but through the allegiance of our will.”
Again from Beebe and Foster: “Pascal’s analysis of how human beings avoid God by means of constant distraction is brilliant. At one point he observes that our problems would be solved if we could learn to sit quietly in our room alone. What a challenge for us postmoderns with all our gadgets of distraction. ‘How do we learn to do that?’ you may ask. Well, we ‘just do it.’ That is all.”
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