C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity—
According to Christian teachers,
the essential vice, the utmost evil,
Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and
all that, are mere flea bites in comparison:
it was through Pride that the devil became
the devil: Pride leads to every other vice:
it is the complete anti-God state of mind…
So where is the wise philosopher
Where is the expert scholar
And where is the skilled debater
of our time
who could win a debate with God?
Hasn’t God demonstrated that
the wisdom of this world system
is utter foolishness?
(based on 1 Corinthians 1:20)
Recently confronted with a video by a self-proclaimed “scholar”
who used Aristotelian logic to “explain” GOD and God’s motives
putting forth his conclusion that basically made God like humans
(can you believe it?)—I was very disturbed by the potential impact
of this man’s conclusions as his claim questioned the very nature
of GOD while claiming he was “explaining” God and “evil.”
He assigned motives to God of unbelievable self-centeredness.
My discomfort in listening to this man was that his conclusions
would undermine my trust in GOD – why would I trust someone
who, like me, has a human nature and not as GOD is described
in Exodus 34:6—much like the powers of darkness in the
story of the garden of Eden, this man displayed remarkable
arrogance and PRIDE in his claim of a “knowledge” of God
so he could “explain” to the world the motives of GOD . . .
as if any man could? My heart breaks because he is a good
speaker and could convince a lot of people by his oratory skills.
HOW, I ask, can any man presume to tell me that GOD is not
“merciful and compassionate, slow to anger,
rich in grace and truth”
BUT tell me that GOD is motivated the the very human
characteristic of creating forces the HARM people
just SO there will be more “glory” for GOD!
NO! God is not like humans and God does not
misuse power for personal glory!
This is what happens when humans try to explain
what humans cannot understand.
GOD dealt with Job’s accusations against God because
of what had happened to him by giving Job a sample of
questions that were beyond the ability of man to answer . . .
The wisdom of God makes man’s “wisdom” foolishness.
I fear that this man’s arrogance would make him think he could answer God’s queries
for he would not, I fear, be able to say “I don’t know” to any questions posed to him, even by GOD–that’s PRIDE, that’s arrogance. Stand toe to toe with GOD???
Amazingly, this man used really good marketing skills
in that he ended his disturbing diatribe by referencing
Job’s interactions with God and saying in closing:
“let God be God” which makes it sound like his
conclusions were “good,” just like the deceiving spirit
did in the garden of Eden. BUT, no one can “explain” GOD,
we can only share opinions and ideas about our experiences.
MY GOD is merciful and compassionate,
slow to anger, and rich in Grace and Truth
and NO MAN will convince me of the truth of
anything that undermines that understanding
or makes me question God’s motives which
I cannot always understand or explain, BUT
I TRUST GOD and GOD’s motives are ALWAYS
for my good (Romans 8:28 And we know that
God causes all things to work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are called
according to His purpose.)
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who change darkness into light
and light into darkness,
who change bitter into sweet
and sweet into bitter!
Woe to those seeing themselves as wise,
esteeming themselves as clever.
(Isaiah 5:20-21 Complete Jewish Bible)
It is SO important to be careful what we listen to and be sure we are not
being drawn in by an “expert” claiming to be able to explain GOD!
Prayer and Scripture should be our
primary diet . . . 2 Corinthians 10:3-5