Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) wrote, “Knowing God without knowing our own wretchedness makes for pride. Knowing our own wretchedness without knowing God makes for despair. Knowing Jesus Christ strikes the balance because he shows us both God and our own wretchedness.”
Perhaps one the most pressing issues of theology is to recover this simple truth: the balance between knowing that we are sinners, have problems, shortcomings and such and also knowing that we have in Jesus Christ the answer for grace and forgiveness in this dilemma.
Where I see the imbalance is in contemporary thought that only presents the loving Father who is full of grace and not presenting the sin condition that exists in each of us that requires this loving Father. I am all for the loving Jesus who saves and delivers and I am also for knowing my pitiful and lost condition and why I needed this loving Jesus to invade my condition. This is the way of knowing the Father and knowing myself. I am not to linger in sin thoughts but in son thoughts. Jesus is the answer and the balance.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Jesus