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Proverbs 3.5-7 and John 1.1,10
Divine Wisdom and human understanding
Posted: 2 March 2011 in John, Proverbs

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

Reading the above passage from Proverbs, I was reminded of the frequency with which I nowadays hear professing Christians saying things that, in the past, both Protestant and Catholic churches have regarded as heretical. A favourite target for such comments is the doctrine of the Trinity.

There is more than a little arrogance in ignoring the collective wisdom of centuries, and deciding that we ourselves can discover the truth, which has eluded everybody else for millenia. Clearly the Christian scriptures are incompatible with a unitarian view of God, and John 1 is a glaringly obvious example of that incompatibility.

Quietness of heart is the appropriate attitude when we are in the presence of God and his word, or even of the credal formulae which have been deduced from the scriptures. If we do not understand, we must nevertheless be prepared to accept what God has revealed. The reward for doing so will be a divine wisdom that gradually discloses itself in our hearts – even though it remains a complete puzzlement to our heads. In religion the understanding of the heart, and the ability to love God which comes with it, is of infinitely greater value than any understanding the head may be capable of.

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