Jew and Gentile
Restored to Israel
Slaves to Sin
Slaves to God
Slaves Serving God
Life by Faith
Service by Faith
Modified from Irving
L. Jensen's excellent work "Jensen's
Survey of the NT"
(alleging, asserting, affirming) TO BE WISE: phaskontes (PAPMPN) einai (PAN) sophoi:
(Ro 11:25; Pr 25:14; 26:12; Is
47:10; Jer 8:8,9; 10:14; Mt 6:23; 1Co 1:19, 20, 21; 3:18,19)
(phasko from phemi = to say or affirm) means to affirm,
allege, pretend, profess. The idea conveyed by this verb is that one is
speaking with an air of certainty, stating something with a high degree
of confidence. The NAS translates phasko with the English word assert
which means to affirm or declare positively or with assurance and often
even forcefully or aggressively. The idea of assert implies stating
confidently without need for proof or regard for evidence.
Marvin Vincent writes that
phasko "is used of unfounded assertion."
Thinking they are wise, they have
become fools because their own speculations cannot replace the
revelation they reject.
Here are the three NT uses of
phasko -- Acts 24:9; 25:19; Ro 1:22
“is used of unfounded assertion.” (Webster
adds that "assert implies stating confidently without need for
proof or regard for.")
Vine adds this pithy comment:
"Mere profession of wisdom is spiritual hallucination. The
condition of heathenism is the consequence of departure from the
primitive acknowledgment of God and the recognition of His attributes as
revealed in creation; it is not a state from which men have advanced by
stages to attain the knowledge of God."
Man rationalizes his sin
and proves his utter foolishness by devising and believing his own
philosophies about God, the universe, and himself. The next stage of
downfall consists, as in Orwell’s novel, 1984, in asserting as truth its
opposite—darkness is really light, futility is really wisdom.
See related word -
Wisdom (4678) sophia
God warned faithless Israel and by
way of application all of sinful mankind in Isaiah 5:20, 21...
Woe to those who call evil good, and
good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who
substitute bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are
wise in their own eyes, And clever in their own sight! (cp Mal 2:17,
3:15, Jdg 21:25= they did wrong and because of their deception thought
it was right [!], see warning in Pr 17:15, Jesus also warned against
this danger in Lk 11:35, 36, cp Lk 16:15)
Frederick Louis Godet
writes that ...
Paul does not mean to stigmatize
ancient philosophy absolutely; he only means that all that labor of the
sages did not prevent the most civilized nations, Egyptians, Greeks,
Romans, from being at the same time the most idolatrous of antiquity.
The popular imagination, agreeably served by priests and poets, did not
allow the efforts of the wise to dissipate this delirium. When good is
omitted, there always comes in its place an evil committed. As, in
respect of the understanding, the refusal of adoration ( they did not
glorify ) became a vain laboring of the mind ( they became vain ), and,
finally, complete estrangement from truth, folly ( they became fools );
so in respect of the heart , ingratitude was first transformed into
darkness; and, finally—such is the last term described ver. 23-into
monstrous and debasing fetishism. The ungrateful heart did not stop
short at not thanking God, it degraded and dishonored Him, by changing
Him into His opposite. (Romans
1:18-32 The Wrath of God on Gentiles)
Sinners are fools for they think they are "safe" and there is no Holy
One to judge them. Isaiah records these words to foolish, idol
"And you felt secure in your
wickedness and said, 'No one sees me,' Your wisdom and your knowledge,
they have deluded you; For you have said in your heart, 'I am, and there
is no one besides me.' (Isaiah 47:10)
Spurgeon - The way to be a fool is to pretend to
be wise. A shortcut to wisdom is the confession of folly. The near way
to folly is the profession of wisdom.
THEY BECAME FOOLS: emoranthesan
Rejecting the light of God’s
knowledge in their consciences, men now arrogated to themselves wisdom,
and became—what? Fools!
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning”—of both knowledge and wisdom (Pr
1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Ps 111:10-note;
They became fools - Compare
Psalm 14:1 (note)
All of creation screams in glorious
harmony the resounding chorus...
"There is a Creator! Observe His
handiwork! Believe My awesome testimony!" (cp Ps 19:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6-note
- literally every sunrise testifies to the truth "I am the LORD, and
there is no other; Besides Me there is no God." Isa 45:5, 14, 21, 46:9,
see esp Isa 45:22 the verse God used to save Charles Haddon Spurgeon-
see Spurgeon's testimony)
And yet despite overwhelming
evidence, men had made a choice of their will to deny the irrefutable,
indescribably glorious truth of natural revelation, not to mention the
special revelation found in God's love letter (Ro 5:8-note,
cp 1Jn 3:16, 4:10, 11, 19, Ep 5:1, 2-note),
the Holy Scriptures.
from morós = foolish and root of our English
moron = very stupid person) can refer to
physical sloth or dullness, but mainly is a reference (and especially in
the present context) to one's intellectual life. It means to cause
content of certain thoughts to become devoid of meaning or even to cause
them to become nonsense.
Moraino is used only 4 times in the NT-
Mt 5:13; Lk. 14:34; Ro 1:22; 1Co. 1:20. Below are all the uses in the
non-apocryphal Septuagint and the NT...
2 Samuel 24:10 Now David's
heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David said to
the LORD, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD,
please take away the iniquity of Thy servant, for I have acted
Isaiah 19:11 The princes of Zoan are mere fools; The advice of
Pharaoh's wisest advisers has become stupid. How can you men say to
Pharaoh, "I am a son of the wise, a son of ancient kings "?
Jeremiah 10:14 Every man is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every
goldsmith is put to shame by his idols; For his molten images are
deceitful, And there is no breath in them.
Jeremiah 51:17 All mankind is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every
goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, For his molten images are
deceitful, And there is no breath in them.
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless,
how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except
to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. (Ed: What an
interesting use of moraino by our Lord! See further discussion
Luke 14:34 "Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become
tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?
Romans 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
1 Corinthians 1:20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is
the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the
wisdom of the world
(even as He did those here in
Romans who professed to be wise)?
(Comment: Keep the context in mind for
Paul was writing to the Corinthian
saints in one of the intellectual centers of the ancient world!)
The greatest fool in all the
world is the person who exchanges God’s wisdom of truth and light for
man’s wisdom of deceit and darkness. (See the tragic example of
the "brilliant" fool Voltaire)
has a variety of secular Greek uses depending on the context. And
so moraino can mean “insipid” in reference to insufficiently seasoned foods. Jesus
used moraino in this sense declaring to His audience that
You are the salt of the
but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It
is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled
under foot by men. (Mt 5:13-note)
The lexicographer Photius bears
witness to this secular use of moraino in the sense of meaning
"insipid", documenting this use in writings of both physicians and comedians. Thus
the physician Dioscurides Medicus, who was a contemporary of Paul and also from
Cilicia, speaks of insipid roots (medicinal). Elsewhere in medicine
moraino is used of the slackness, fatigue or dulling of the
nerves. Moraino is also
used in respect of the sluggishness of animals in winter. With reference
to men the use of moraino is predominantly psychological. In this
context, moraino implies censure
on man himself; his acts, thoughts, counsels, and words are not as they
should be. The weakness may be due to a specific failure in judgment or
decision, but a general deficiency of intellectual and spiritual
capacities may also be asserted. The charge of folly does not have to be
a definitive judgment. In many cases it is more in the nature of an
admonition or warning, or it expresses the impossibility of
understanding or following the thinking or acts of someone. But the
judgment of one as a fool can also imply condemnation of their whole personality. In other
cases it is implied that there is not just a deficiency, a mere
stupidity or irrationality, which would not occur if there were better
mental equipment, but that man is controlled by a power which confuses
his understanding, causes him to do mad things, and hides the right path
ILLUSTRATION: For a
modern example of men professing to be wise but really being fools, see
the September 1976 National Geographic article entitled "The
Awesome Worlds Within a Cell" .
On page 358 the authors describe the utter complexity of the cell. There
is no such thing as a "simple one-celled organism"! Even the simplest
cell has turned out to be "a micro-universe" (p.358). Then on p.388 we
read, "...this really is the major problem of biology. How did this
complexity arise?...biologists still confront the deep, basic mystery of
science: How did it all begin?" Then on page 390 the "experts" answer
this by crediting it all to CHANCE and saying that given enough time
even the IMPOSSIBLE can happen! With time, chance and evolution all
things are possible! "They have become fools" -- Romans 1:21, 22. (Middletown
Godet writes their...
Futility of thought has reached the
character of folly. What, in fact, is Polytheism, except a sort of
permanent hallucination, a collective delirium...And this mental
disorder (ironically) rose to a kind of perfection among the very
peoples who, more than others, laid claim to the glory of wisdom. (Romans
who deny the God of creation are fools and "without a defense" (Ro 1:20)
Yet they come to such a foolish decision in the belief that they are
scientific in trying to explain the infinitely complex, majestic,
beautiful creation without a Creator. The ancient pagans did this, with
immeasurably tragic results in the history of the human race. Modern
evangelicals, compromising with evolutionism and increasingly flirting
with New Age pantheism, feminism and occultism, are in serious danger of
starting down that same slippery slope (2Ti 3:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
10, 11, 12, 13-note).
The fact is, once a man rejects the truth of God in Christ, he will fall
for anything foolish, and trust far more tenuous and fanciful systems
(eg look at evolution, mythology, etc) that what he has rejected from
God. This futility of thinking, darkening of the heart, and folly must
be seen as one manifestation of God's righteous wrath against those who
have rejected His revelation
J C Philpot has a brief
note entitled "Utter fools!"...
"Claiming to be wise, they became
utter fools instead." Romans 1:22
What am I by nature? A fool! All my wisdom, outside of Christ, is
nothing but the height of foolishness—and all my knowledge nothing
but the depth of ignorance! (Ed: Does Philpot's conclusion make you mad? Are you
insulted? If so, you desperately need to study the epistle to the
Romans, especially Romans 1-3. When we see our state outside of Christ,
we are horrified, humbled and amazed that He would deign to save
wretches like us [cp Ro 7:23, 24, 25-note]!)
Left to ourselves we are utter fools! We have no wisdom whatever
to direct our feet. We are . . .
utterly unable to find our way to God.
All wisdom which does not come down
from the Father is folly (Jas 3:13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18). All strength
not divinely wrought in the soul is weakness. All knowledge that does
not spring from the Lord's own teaching in the conscience is the
depth of ignorance.
We must know the value of the gem before we can really prize it. When
diamonds were first discovered in Brazil, nobody knew that they were
diamonds. They were handed about as pretty, shining pebbles. But as soon
it was discovered they were diamonds, they were eagerly sought, and
their value rose a thousand fold. (Ed: Amen! May God be pleased
to cause the value of our priceless Christ to continually "rise in
value" in our hearts!)
So spiritually. Until we can distinguish between the "pebble of man's
teaching" and the "diamond of divine illumination" we shall neglect, we
shall despise (Ed: Even David "despised the word of Jehovah" when he
sinned with Bathsheba, see the prophet Nathan's comments - 2Sa 12:9,
10), we shall not value divine wisdom (Ed: Ultimately a Person -
see 1Cor 1:24, 30, 2:6, 7, Col 2:3-note,
cp Job 28:28, Lk 21:14, 15).
THE "BRILLIANT" FOOL
The famous (infamous) French
philosopher (infidel) Voltaire (note
- interestingly this reference has no record of his horrible last
days!) is a tragic example of a
An aristocratic woman who was old and
blind wrote to Voltaire in the hopes that he could dispel her
pessimistic view of life and offer some comfort. He replied, "I think we
[human beings] are indeed contemptible creatures.... I exhort you to
enjoy as much as you can life, which isn't much" (Norman L. Torrey, The
Spirit of Voltaire [N.Y.: Columbia University, 1938, p. 216).
Voltaire once made a despicable,
desecrating execration against our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ (a quote I hesitate to even record because it is so heinous, and
yet it so dramatically depicts the depths to which a man's depravity can
plummet when he begins to suppress the truth of God in order to
justify his unrighteous behavior!). Voltaire said...
Curse the wretch!
In the midst of that period of
intellectual history called The "Enlightenment" (Ed: In regard to
what transpired during this time regarding Christianity and the Holy Word, what a sad oxymoron - the "age of
reason" gave birth in fact to the "age of fools"!), a philosophy known
as deism (note)
was sweeping Europe. In the midst of this development, the famous
skeptic, Voltaire, proclaimed that within 50 years, the Bible would be
forgotten and Christianity would be a thing of the past. Voltaire wrote...
I’ll show how just one Frenchman can
destroy it within 50 years.
In twenty years Christianity will be
no more. My single hand shall destroy the edifice it took twelve
apostles to rear
However, ironically some 20 years
after Voltaire’s death in 1778, the Geneva Bible Society
purchased his house for printing the Bible and other Christian
literature! And it later became the Paris headquarters for the British
and Foreign Bible Society. The Bible is still a best-seller; an entire
6-volume set of Voltaire’s works was once sold for 90¢ (Ed:
"Methinks God has a sense of humor"!). Voltaire claimed to be a believer
in God, but it was a "God" of his own imagination and not of the
Holy Scriptures, for Voltaire clearly rejected the God of Holy Writ even
to the point of ridiculing the idea of life after death. (Ed:
Like the Russian cosmonaut who said something like this - "I went into
space and I did not see Him!" Wrong! Had he opened his cockpit and
stepped out into eternity, he would have met Him. And so did Voltaire
when he breathed his last breath, even that breath being a gift from the
God he despised, derided and decried!) On his deathbed Voltaire
had some of his most intelligent revelations as he began to doubt his
doubts! Would many skeptics follow his suit, but do so long before they
draw their last breath! Voltaire apparently began to question (this time
correctly) whether there might in fact be a heaven and a hell after all
is said and done. He was indeed wise in one regard, for he clearly
understood what would be his "eternal address". Just before
his death, the noted atheist swore
I wish I had never been born!
Voltaire, on his deathbed, addressed
his apparently Christian physician Trochim...
I am abandoned by God and man. I will
give you half of what I am worth, if you will give me six months’ life.
The doctor replied
Sir, you cannot live six weeks.
Then I shall go to hell, and you will
go with me.
And so, as almost his last utterance,
he cried out,
I am abandoned by God and man! I
shall go to hell! O Christ! O Jesus Christ!
Apparently not long after the
preceding declarations Voltaire breathed his last.
The nurse who attended Voltaire on
his death bed said
For all the wealth in Europe I would
not see another infidel die.
What a tragic mixed up life Voltaire
led as inferred from quotes during his life
If God did not exist, it would be
necessary to invent Him...The world embarrasses me, and I cannot think
that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.
To one who claimed to have gotten rid of
hell, Voltaire replied
I congratulate you, for I have not
been able to do that myself.
Voltaire, true to the spirit of
Now look at the mighty mind of
Newton, who discovered gravitation; when he began to study the Book
called the Bible, it seems in order to credit its fabulous nonsense, he
believed that the knowledge of mankind will be so increased that we
shall be able to travel fifty miles an hour! The poor dotard!
Today even a skeptic should be able
to look at Voltaire's life and his philosophy and say
Newton was a wise philosopher;
Voltaire a poor old dotard. (The foolishness of God is wiser than man).
Voltaire is reported to have said
If a miracle occurred in the market
place of Paris and in the presence of two thousand men, I would rather
disbelieve my own eyes than the two thousand.
It is sad but true that no matter how
many facts (truths) we present to skeptics/agnostics (I don't believe
men can be atheists in the truest sense, because that would require that
they have all knowledge, including the knowledge that there is no
supreme being. And since they are not omniscient, they cannot in truth
know with absolute certainty that there is no God. Upshot? Know God!)
are not sufficient to bring a man to Christ (cp 1Cor 2:4, 5), for only
God's Spirit can do that (Jn 3:5, 6, 7, 8, 6:63, 8:24). And yet we
should not grow weary in proclaiming the truth of the gospel (2Ti 2:9,
for we do not know which of the hearers will receive the Word implanted
which will save their soul from eternal separation (2Th 1:9, Mt 25:41,
cp the first "separation" Ge 3:8, Mt 7:21, 22, 23-note;
Mt 22:13, cp Re 6:16-note)
from their Creator (Jas 1:18-note;
, Jas 1:21-note
; Ro 1:16-note
-- see the power of the Gospel in Col 1:5, 6-note;cp
1Cor 1:17,18, 2:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Acts 6:7, 12:24, 19:20, 1Th 2:13-note)
Peter McKenzie, the famous Methodist
preacher, was being shown over Madame Tussaud’s Waxworks in London.
Coming to one object, his guide said
This is the chair in which Voltaire
sat and wrote his atheistic blasphemies.
To which McKenzie replied...
Is that the chair?
Then, Peter McKenzie, without seeking
permission, he stepped over the cord, sat down on the chair, and sang as
only a real believer could
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
Doth His successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
a moment of respite and worship at His throne by singing this great Hymn
The Christian physician Trochim
who attended Voltaire during the last illness gave the following
testimony in a letter to a friend
When I compare the death of a
righteous man, which is like the close of a beautiful day, with that of
Voltaire, I see the difference between bright, serene weather and a
black thunderstorm. It was my lot that this man should die under my
hands. Often did I tell him the truth.
’Yes, my friend,’ he would often say
to me, ’you are the only one who has given me good advice. Had I but
followed it I would not be in the horrible condition in which I now am.
I have swallowed nothing but smoke. I have intoxicated myself with the
incense that turned my head. You can do nothing for me. Send me a mad
doctor! Have compassion on me-I am mad!’
Trochim went on to say
I cannot think of it without
shuddering. As soon as he saw that all the means he had employed to
increase his strength had just the opposite effect, death was constantly
before his eyes. From this moment, madness took possession of his soul.
He expired under the torments of the furies. (Ed: May this tragic
story of a "brilliant" man, motivate us to speak forth the gospel of
Christ boldly to those who are in danger today of stepping into a
Christless eternity. Amen)
I cannot help but pause after
writing these somber notes on Voltaire and be reminded of Paul's great
truth that even the intractably rebellious infidel Voltaire will one day
bow before the precious Lamb of God and proclaim that Jesus is Lord...
Therefore also God highly exalted
Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the
name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on
earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Amen!) (Php 2:9,
Consider another man who professed to
be wise, Thomas Paine (note), the renowned American author and enemy of
Christianity who exerted considerable influence against belief in God and
the Scriptures. And yet Paine, like Voltaire, came to his last hour
(June 8,1809), a disillusioned and unhappy man and during his final moments on
I would give worlds, if I had them,
that Age of Reason had not been published. O Lord, help me! Christ, help
me! O God what have I done to suffer so much? But there is no God! But
if there should be, what will become of me hereafter? Stay with me, for
God’s sake! Send even a child to stay with me, for it is hell to be
alone. If ever the devil had an agent, I have been that one. (Ed:
Woe! We would all be wise to listen to the last words of men, both
sinners and saints, for the former should shock us into reality of a
Christless eternity and the latter would comfort us with the true
reality of an eternity with Christ!)
The world's theology by
James Montgomery Boice
The world's theology is easy to
It is the view . . .
that human beings are basically good,
that no one is really lost,
that belief in Jesus Christ is not necessary for salvation.
"Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." Romans 1:22
John Newton writes in his
Man is a FOOL. "Professing
themselves to be wise, they became fools." Romans 1:22. He can indeed
measure the earth, and almost count the stars; he abounds in arts and
inventions, in science and policy—and shall he then be called a fool?
The ancient Heathens, the inhabitants of Egypt, Greece, and Rome, were
eminent for this kind of wisdom. They are to this day studied as models
by those who aim to excel in history, poetry, painting, architecture,
and other exertions of human genius, which are suited to polish the
manners without improving the heart. But their most admired
philosophers, legislators, logicians, orators, and artists, were as
destitute as infants or idiots of that knowledge which alone deserves
the name of true wisdom. Professing themselves to be wise, they became
fools. Ignorant and regardless of God, yet conscious of their weakness,
and of their dependence upon a Power above their own, and stimulated by
an inward principle of fear, of which they knew neither the origin nor
right application, they worshiped the creature instead of the Creator,
yes, placed their trust in stocks and stones, in the works of men's
hands, in non-entities and chimeras. An acquaintance with their
mythology, or system of religious fables, passes with us for a
considerable branch of learning, because it is drawn from ancient books
written in languages not known to the vulgar; but in point of certainty
or truth, we might receive as much satisfaction from a collection of
dreams, or from the ravings of lunatics.
Through Jeremiah God
Every man is stupid, devoid of
knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols; for his molten
images are deceitful, and there is no breath in them. They are
worthless, a work of mockery; In the time of their punishment they will
perish. (Jer 10:14, 15)
Jesus speaking in the context of
not placing one's trust in earthly treasures declared that...
"if your eye (the ancient idea
was that the eye was the window through which light entered the body. If
the eye was in good condition the body could receive such light)
is bad (With their eyes they were coveting money and wealth), your whole body will be full of darkness (an internal corruption
of one’s whole nature). If therefore the light that is in you is
darkness, how great is the darkness (darkness actually emanates from
within and affects one’s whole being)! (Mt 6:23-note)
Paul writes to the "wise"
Corinthians warning them...
"Let no man deceive himself (a
severe warning to any who would try to interfere with or destroy the
building of the church on the foundation of Christ). If any
man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish
that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness
before God. For it is written, "He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN
THEIR CRAFTINESS" (1Co 3:18,19)
Charles Churchill, who died in
1764, was the English poet and satirist given to every kind of loose
living, and whose literary productions were rough, ironical and insolent
in tone. In his last hours, conscience-stricken, he regretted his lost
life and the prostitution of his craft and died saying:
What a fool I have been.
"Here is the divine estimate of the great philosophers of Greece
and Rome. In God’s eyes they were fools because their philosophy was
based on a rejection of God’s truth. Dr. R. A. Torrey used to read Ro 1:22 this way,
"Professing themselves to be wise, they became
philosophers? No, Foolosophers."
That’s what God thinks of the world’s intellectuals. Although possessing
great intelligence, they are moral and spiritual pygmies. Have you ever
ridden a see-saw? It works on a very simple principle: If one person is
up, the other person must be down. Both people can’t be up at the same
time. It’s the same in the spiritual realm. If God is up, then man is
down. If man is up, then God is down. Both can’t be up at the same time.
When God is up in his rightful place, man will be down in his rightful
place. But when the roles are reversed reality itself is distorted."
William Newell writes that
"The silliness of these "modern" shallow-pan days! How men are
rushing back to the old pagan pit out of which God’s Word and His gospel
would have delivered them! They suck up sin; they welter in wickedness;
they profess to be wise! They sit at the feet of "professors" whose
breath is spiritual cyanide. They idolize the hog-sty doctrines of a rotten Freud: and count themselves "wise"! They say, "God is not a
person; men evolved from monkeys; morals are mere old habits; self-
enjoyment, self-expression, indulgence of all desires—this, " they say,
"is the path of wisdom." It is the path of those who go quickly down to
the pit and on to judgment! The very morals of Sodom, as our Lord
foretold, are rushing fast upon us, and God will bring again the awful
doom of Sodom (Lk 17:28, 29, 30, 31). This is a strange introduction to the
gospel of God’s grace, we answer, It lies here before us, this awful
indictment of Romans One, and cannot be evaded! Moreover, until man
knows his state of sin, he wants no grace. Shall pardon be spoken of
before the sinner is proved a sinner? While the evidence is being
brought in, the whole attention of the court is upon that. If the
evidence of guilt be insufficient or inconclusive, there is no necessity
for a pardon! Preachers and teachers have soft pedaled sin, until the
fear Of God is vanishing away. McCheyne used to Say, "A holy
minister is an awful weapon in the hands of God" A preacher who avoids
telling men the truth about their sin as here revealed, is the best tool
of the devil. (2Ti 4:3, 4-note,
Acts 20:30, Heb 13:9-note)"
A FAIRY TALE
Frog + Princess = Handsome prince (this is called a “fairy tale”)
Frog + 10 billion years = Handsome prince (this is called “science”)
Here is an illustration from
The jungle native is wise enough to
know that the one who makes something is greater than the thing made.
What does he do? He cuts down a tree and with half of the trunk makes a
canoe. He knows that as the maker of the canoe he is greater than the
canoe. He then uses the same tree to make an idol and he worships it!
Instead he should have cried out from his heart, "I want to come to know
the One who made this tree and this world!" Does God honor the seeking
heart (Jer 29:13; Heb 11:6-note)? For a modern example of men professing to
be wise but really being fools, see the September 1976 National
Geographic article entitled "The Awesome Worlds Within a Cell" . On page
358 the authors describe the utter complexity of the cell. There is no
such thing as a "simple one-celled organism"! Even the simplest cell has
turned out to be "a micro-universe" (p.358). Then on p.388 we read,
"...this really is the major problem of biology. How did this complexity
arise?...biologists still confront the deep, basic mystery of science:
How did it all begin?" Then on page 390 the "experts" answer this by
crediting it all to CHANCE and saying that given enough time even the
IMPOSSIBLE can happen! With time, chance and evolution all things are
possible !!! "They have become fools" -- Romans 1:21, 22. (Romans 1)
Dr. Stephen Jay Gould wrote
the following futile foolish rumination...
arose, rather, as a fortuitous and contingent outcome of thousands of
linked events, any one of which could have occurred differently and sent
history on an alternate pathway that would not have led to
consciousness." - Scientific American, October 1994, p. 86)
As another evolutionist
logically but sadly concluded
"I refuse to believe in God, so what other alternative do I
have but evolution?”
No evidence for evolution led to disbelief in
But rejection of God led to evolution!
The French Mathematician, Lecompte de Nouy, examined the laws of
probability for a single molecule of high dissymmetry to be formed by
the action of chance. De Nouy found that, on an average, the time needed
to form one such molecule of our terrestrial globe would be about 10 to
the 253 power billions of years.
“But,” continued de Nouy ironically,
“let us admit that no matter how small the chance it could happen, one
molecule could be created by such astronomical odds of chance. However,
one molecule is of no use. Hundreds of millions of identical ones are
necessary. Thus we either admit the miracle or doubt the absolute truth
of science.” (Quoted in; “Is Science Moving Toward Belief in God?”)
G. K. Chesterton wrote that...:
It is absurd for the Evolutionist to
complain that it is unthinkable for an admittedly unthinkable God to
make everything out of nothing, and then pretend that it is more
thinkable that nothing should turn itself into anything.
- In the past few years, millions of people have discovered a
fascinating new world of communication. By linking their computers to
the electronic web known as the Internet, they now have at their
fingertips vast resources of information and entertainment. No wonder
Internet addicts are perhaps the fastest-growing segment of our culture.
But as we zoom into the Information Age, let's not lose our perspective.
A glut of factual data and visual experiences doesn't guarantee an
increase in wisdom.
A century ago, British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson lamented, "Knowledge
grows but wisdom lingers." The Bible highlights this crucial difference
between mere knowledge and authentic wisdom. The book of Proverbs
emphasizes that it's not enough to acquire information; we need to gain
the understanding that is based on a healthy respect of the Lord (Pr
1:7). The apostle Paul pointed out that some people are always learning,
yet never coming to a grasp of truth that really matters (2Ti 3:7-note).
Information and technology can be wonderful tools. But don't get so
caught up in gaining knowledge that you fail to put it to good use. Only
the Book that tells us about Jesus Christ brings ultimate wisdom (Col
— Vernon C. Grounds
Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by
permission. All rights reserved)
O Word of God incarnate,
O Wisdom from on high,
O truth unchanged, unchanging,
O light of our dark sky.
Wisdom gives wings to knowledge.
The Main Goal in
Life - In 1636, a group of Puritans founded Harvard University. Its
motto was Christo et Ecclesiae, which means "For Christ and the Church."
One of the school's guiding principles was this: "Everyone shall
consider the main end of his life and studies, to know God and Jesus
Christ, which is eternal life. John 17:3."
That prestigious center of learning and culture has long since abandoned
its original spiritual intent. Even many Harvard Divinity School faculty
members now regard its Christ-centered goal as narrow-minded and
outdated. In fact, not long ago a group of Harvard students staged a
mock funeral procession through the Divinity School. They carried a
coffin and proclaimed, "Our God, the Father, is dead."
Those students were as far from the truth as east is from west. The
everlasting Father, who has created all life (including those who mock
Him), is as immune to death as He is to sin.
Three hundred fifty years after the establishment of Harvard, the chief
purpose of life is still and always will be, in the words of those
colonial Puritans, "to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal
life." Let us make that the main goal of our lives. — Vernon C. Grounds
Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by
permission. All rights reserved)
My heart's desire is to know You,
To walk close to You today;
To know Your grace, Your love, Your power,
For You are my life and my way. --Bierema
To know life's purpose, we must know life's Creator.
Lewis Thomas in Harvard Magazine, 1981:
I cannot make peace with the randomness doctrine; I cannot abide the
notion of purposelessness and blind chance in nature. And yet I do not
know what to put in its place for the quieting of my mind. It is absurd
to say that a place like this is absurd, when it contains, in front of
our eyes, so many billions of different forms of life, each one in its
way absolutely perfect, all linked together to form what would surely
seem to an outsider a huge, spherical organism. We talk—some of us,
anyway—-about the absurdity of the human situation, but we do this
because we do not know how we fit in, or what we are here for. The
stories we used to make up to explain ourselves do not make sense
anymore, and we have run out of new stories, for the moment.
monkeys sat in a coconut tree
Discussing the things that are said to be—
Said one to another: “Now listen you two
There’s a certain rumor, but it can’t be true,
That man descended from our noble race—
Why, the very idea; it’s a disgrace!
“No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies and ruined her life.
Nor did ever a mother-monkey
Leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them on from one to another
‘Till they scarcely knew who was their mother.
“And another thing you’ll never see
A monkey building a nest around a coconut tree,
And let the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monkeys to have a taste.
Why, if I build a fence around a coconut tree,
Starvation would cause me to distribute to you.
“Here’s another thing that a monkey won’t do:
Go out at night and get on a stew;
Or use a gun, a club, or a knife
To take another monkey’s life.
Yes, Man descended, the ornery cuss!
But Brother, he didn’t descend from us.”