Silence Or Speech?
It is without a doubt that silence is the most appropriate mode of prayer in Christianity. This is also known as the Apophatic theory. Silence has been long distinguished in Christian history, from the time of Zechariah (Luke 1:20) to the first Christmas. There have also been holy men and women who have devoted themselves to long periods of silence. They spend this time in meditation.
Despite silence having its place in Christianity, there should also be a time to speak and a time to be silent. According to the Holy Spirit, Christians should proclaim the good news. It is impossible to do this without words or concepts.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Most parents have cherished a collection of bad artistic drawings made by their children. They are not offended by the images that look nothing like them. In fact, they are overjoyed when they receive them. They understand that the pictures are bad representations of what they look like but an excellent representation of what their children’s affection towards them looks like.
More Than We Can Imagine
Our thoughts or words cannot give a full description of God. We desire to know the truth, but there is so more than we can ever imagine. Thomas Aquinas, a theologian, tried to explain the mystical experience, but after seven million words, he gave up and simply said, ‘I can’t”. However, we should not stop trying. Understand that God is more than words.