Matthew 11.25-26 and Proverbs 9.10 – The dubious wisdom of modern man
Posted: 3 March 2011 in Matthew, Proverbs

“At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.”

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom”

There is probably no single thing which does more to prevent modern man from coming to God than the sense he has of his own prudence and wisdom. A large part of this stems from the illusion that science and technology have made us masters of the universe. That is really fallacious. Wisdom is not about being acquainted with the laws of nature, or knowing how to manipulate them for our own ends. It is about knowing how to live. In particular, it is about knowing how to live in the presence of God, and in the light of Christ.

We may be way ahead of the ancients in terms of our technology, but we are way behind them in terms of wisdom and the fear of the Lord.

On British television the other night, the biologist Steve Jones remarked that, although we imagine ourselves to have conquered disease, at any moment a virus could mutate, and cut great swathes through humanity in a new black death. He thought it was only a question of when that will happen, and not if it will happen. When it, or something similar, does happen, it will remove at a stroke the prevalent illusion that we are the new gods, and in charge of of all creation.

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