by adustyframe ~ July 29th, 2009

“All God wants of man is a peaceful heart.” Meister Eckhart

I saw this quote on Twitter today–yikes!

Meister Eckhart seems to be an ancient mystic–I thought at first that it was Oprah’s guru Eckhart Tolle.

Is that all God wants of us? He just wants us to have a peaceful heart?

This won’t be exhaustive by any means, but the Bible says
1. He wants us to come to him
2. He wants us to walk humbly and to live justly.
3. He says he wants us to repent.
4. He says that we won’t have peace without him.
5. He says he wants us to be holy as he is holy.
6. He says that he wants us to put off our sin.
7. He says that he wants us to display the fruit of the Spirit.
8. He says he wants us to think on what is good and pure and lovely.

So is that all God wants of us–to have peace?

Well, yes, if that means we are right with him and have peace due to our relationship with Christ. But in the context of the world telling us, “All God wants is for me to have peace.” no way.

Micah 6:8.

He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?


4 Thoughts Shared to Fallacies

  1. ashley@twentysixcats

    I think if we’re trying to simplify it, I would argue that a more theologically accurate statement is “All God wants is for man to glorify Him.”

    I also wonder – and I may be off in this – if peace is something God gives us when we trust Him implicitly? That it isn’t something we can just seek our ourselves?

  2. Jen

    🙂 How about this thought… if we did all these things… would we have peace? I’d say yes. So, in a very abreviated way, the guy wasn’t totally incorrect 🙂

  3. Marie

    That’s pretty symptomatic of the low discernment in today’s Church…stuff like that doesn’t even raise an eyebrow. The Gospel hasn’t just been watered down; it’s no longer on the table in some streams of psuedo-Christianity.

    I’m reading Jay Adams’ “A Call For Discernment” right now – it’s very good and addresses the issue of why people don’t invest the time in rightly dividing the Word.

  4. Barbara H.

    I agree with you, Lizzie, When the world hears that line, they aren’t thinking in the context of being right with God.

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