|Know Thyself? #41
by Joseph Prescia
To “know thyself” is the admonition from great philosophers like Plato, Aristotle and especially Socrates. Their belief was that the more one learned about themselves and relationships with others around them the more wise one would become. This intellectual arrogance made themselves god above the true God of the Bible. They were not interested in the authority of the Word of God but rather their own thoughts were the authority of what was right and wrong. You could call it “man-worship” rather than “God-worship.”
To forsake the wisdom of God only promotes heartache and disappointment. Man lies and man dies, but God is eternal. To build upon your own wisdom makes for an unstable foundation.
II Corinthians 3:10 “No one can lay any other foundation than the one which has been laid, for that foundation is Jesus Christ.” (William Barclay)
Why can no other foundation be laid? Because this one mentioned here in II Corinthians was built by God! No one can tear down what God has built. This foundation was established by a perfect savior, in perfect blood by a perfect God. No philosopher can make that claim. Intellectuals can not prove God’s existence and can not perform miracles. But signs, miracles and wonders are performed by those who take God at His Word. These individuals can have a personal relationship with the Creator of the heavens and the earth. This relationship is what all the so-called great philosophers were searching for and could not find. They were looking within themselves rather than looking to God and His written Word for answers.
The Bible is the authority for all men and women. For those who accept this it’s the power of God. For those who use their own logic nothing but fear and frustration await these individuals all the days of their life.
Thank God we can have absolute answers in life. There is a standard upon which to determine right from wrong outside of our own egos. If we want to be miserable we look to ourselves and others. But if we want genuine success, genuine peace, genuine prosperity and what is right for all we look to God and His wonderful Word. The Bible admonishes us to know God and His wonderful son, Jesus Christ. Time in anything else takes away from this.
Proverbs 20:24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way? (KJV)
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