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Blessedness, Learning, and Purity of Heart

The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore, take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.

Luke 11:34-36

As humans we seek enlightenment and illumination. But what prevents it? Ignorance?

Yes and no. We are ignornat, but we need to ask, “Why are we ignorant?”

According to our Lord in Luke 11, the problem is with the organ of perception. As Porphyrios said, “The mysteries of god are revealed to the person who possesses a healthy soul.”

I want you to invite you to stop thinking about sin as an abstract theological concept that you need to understand through reading the right books. I want to invite you to think about sin instead as a personal problem that you can come to understand only by personally wrestling with it.

Schools yearn to have a Christ-centered curriculum. They even advertise themselves as having a Christ centered curriculum.

But these are words that must be handled reverently. It is not easy to have a Christ centered curriculum. It doesn’t happen by purchasing the right publications. It requires a continual return to repentence. It requires a healing of the organ of perception. It requires purity of heart.

When the heart is pure and the affections of the soul are rightly ordered, the mind follows.

But here’s the question: Are you teaching your students as though they are enlightened and healed by the accumulation of knowledge or by the purification of the soul?

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