Hard Sayings (5)
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:21)
In Acts 17, Paul went to a place where men gathered to speak about things that were of importance to them (as they saw it). The Holy Spirit, via the writer Luke, said that which they talked about was really nothing more than an effort to speak about some new thing that had come along. I am currently reading a history of philosophy book which is nothing more, really, than a “synthetic interpretation” of ideas being discussed like ethics, politics, beauty, and metaphysics. According to one man, “Science gives us knowledge, but philosophy can give us wisdom” (Durant, The Story of Philosophy, p. 3). In reading this book (and the other books I have already read), I can conclusively say that if wisdom is to be gained by philosophy, then there is no longer any reason for us wonder why man is as corrupt as he is. In truth, however, wisdom is actually gained by fearing the Lord – for this is where substantive knowledge actually is Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). Did I need to read a philosophy book to learn this? No, but in the reading of it, I have learned (and had reaffirmed) that the Scriptures are man’s best source for true knowledge.