Friday

Short and Memorable--the Life of Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal, Pascal's Wager
"I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter." ~Blaise Pascal, 1657

I love this Pascal quote because, as you know, I write 1-minute devotions. 

But Pascal is best known as a 17th Century genius who loved Jesus. He encouraged other intellectuals to seek Jesus with their hearts, not their minds.

"Pascal's Wager": If the Gospel is true and you accept Christ, you have everything to win. If it's not true, you've lost nothing. 

Besides his influential theological writings, Pascal also did work that advanced science and mathematics.  His inventions included the calculator, syringe, hydraulic lift, and wristwatch. 

Even though he died at age 39 and experienced enormous health, financial and spiritual challenges during his lifetime, his life and faith impacted the world.

Well, I could write more, but I've taken time to make this short.: )

Sources: Blaise Pascal, Christian History; Blaise Pascal, Wiki, Great Creation Scientist 

5 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading this post Gail. I have loved reading many of his quotes (especially some you just shared here) and therefore this history lesson was much appreciated! Have a lovely weekend!

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  2. This is a very interesting post. So many times intellectuals get sidetracked from following the Lord. After college our daughter started to sway in different popular new age ways, but the Good Lord brought her back. If nothing is going right in your life and you get desperate, who do you turn to? That's right . . . the one and only true Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My husband and I are very happy to say that your daughter is back in the right lane and raising her daughters to know the Lord. I think that her short time in the wilderness was one of the best lessons in life and that she will remember it as a place she doesn't want to be and a place where she certainly doesn't want her daughters to go. He is so wise and He knows exactly what we need. The best part is that He uses all the bad times and turns them to good, to those that love Him :)
    Well, I need to go back and read your post again . . .because I didn't keep it short :)
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Connie :)

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    1. Is been two years since your comment but here today, it brings hope and comfort to my heart. Perfect timing..

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  3. I heard this comment by the man who baptized me years ago. I didn't realize that this comment was that old!

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