DThrasher’s 200th Christian Weblog Entry: Christianity and the Common Man
The text I am using for my 200th weblog entry comes from a verse of scripture found in [Proverbs 3:7] that reads, “Be not wise in your own eyes.” Herein lies the line dividing the person of intelligence who is wise in their own eyes, from the common man who goes about his daily activities with a limited understanding of life. I am not saying the common man is not wise. The man who is intelligent enough to attach himself to someone of greater ability than he – is far wiser than the person of intelligence who puts their trust in the knowledge they possess. The one understands limitations and works around them, while the other thinks they are unlimited in their ability to find a solution to all things on their own. However they do not understand by placing their trust in their own ability to solve mans problems without the help of the Almighty, they are denying the all-knowing One and making themselves god of their life. This is a fatal flaw in thei makeup and a deadly sin. Some people call the common mans approach to life; blind faith. But yet the bible says in [Hebrews 11:1], “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” However, faith in the unseen isn’t blind as it is described in Hebrews 11:1 because it is rooted in a superior being who is all-knowing and perfectly capable of communicating with his creation in many different ways. [Proverbs 3:7] calls the person who trusts in their knowledge ‘evil’ because their trust is in their ability rather than accepting the fact that what is seen can be manipulated. And if we base our abilities upon what is seen, we can be fooled into believing many things that are not true. The particular proverb I quoted from was written by Solomon, the smartest man who ever lived outside of Adam before he sinned, and Jesus Christ, who is the Incarnate Word of God; and he tells us a wise man is one who isn’t wise in his own eyes. The one who is wise in their own eyes is a proud person, and pride precedes being humbled by God. This is a violation of the first and great Commandment; “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
A person cannot trust in their own intelligence abilities because our center of intelligence receives its information directly from the sense realm through our sense of sight, taste, smell, hearing and feeling. The realm of evidence people of intelligence tend to use to arrive at their inconclusive conclusions. I don’t know, maybe they haven’t seen a magician make a mockery of our senses by manipulating what is seen using the art of deception. The magician, who so easily fools our senses is in reality a poor imitator of Satan, the Master Deceiver, who was confined here in the natural realm long before man came into existence because of his rebellion. But unlike the magician, Satan is totally familiar with every aspect of nature and the habits of man, but like the magician, he, too, is limited in what he can do. Satan’s specialty is confusion; and he is successful because of his ability to distract the unwitting by manipulating the things we see, hear, taste, smell and feel, making them to appear to be something they are not. Like the seductress who overpowers the better judgment of men by enticing their desire for her; Satan manipulates the natural order of things to draw distracted man to him. Our own military uses these tactics to draw the attention of the enemy away from our main objective, just before we overpower them from another avenue.
The old saying; “God must have loved the common man more than all the others because He made so many of us” is pretty close to being the truth. That saying came into being because the common man has no trouble believing in the living God. Therefore he doesn’t need to see everything before he believes it is true. Evidence is a good thing, but it only pertains to that which has its foundation in the natural realm. And according to the person of intelligence; if it can’t be seen, then it doesn’t exist. Nothing could be further from the truth. We weren’t here when creation came into being and for man who is the late comer to creation to try to explain things of which he was not witness to is fruitless. However, God tell us, “He was here in the beginning and created all things that were created, and that they were created for His pleasure.” He also tells us, “He is spirit” and everything He created is eternal just like He is. Nothing in all of life passes completely away. It can’t! Some things God created have a natural body that encases the eternal, others don’t, but whether it has a body or not, it is still eternal because of the formula God used to create that particular thing never passes away. For example, the formula He used to make wood merely reverts back to its original gaseous form when the tree dies or is burned and all that is left is the residue of the glue that held the formula together when it was a living tree. The gaseous formula that comprised the tree was there all the while in molecular form; it didn’t just show up when the log was set fire. Common people have no problem believing such things, whereas the answer would not be a sufficient answer for a person of intelligence who has a scientific background in biology or biochemistry. What the scientist sees through their lenses are only part of the story of life. It is not the whole story. Those things which came before us and of which we do not fully understand; the scientist cannot say with absolute certainty this is how they came to be. Yet, the person of intelligence would have us believe they can, at least in theory, even though there is no evidence to prove they are right.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome; “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleaness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” [Romans 1:18-25]
Jesus said something of immense importance to Pontius Pilate concerning life on the day He was crucified that will help us to understand the limitations under which creation operates. When Pilate said to Jesus, “Do you not know that I have the power to crucify you or to let you go?” Pilate represented the Roman Empire and all of its power, wealth, and military might. But Jesus responded to him, “You have no (nada, none, zilch) power at all against me. The only power you have is the power that has been granted to you from above.” What Jesus said to Pilate is this: God controls the amount of power, military or otherwise, people, countries, nations small or great, possess. He also controls the degree of intelligence, wealth, and everything else men possess. God is in absolute control; always has been and always will be, and according to Jesus in the above scripture; everyone, (which is all-inclusive), including every nation, people and tongues, and what they possess, operate only in a limited fashion according to what God has given them to assist Him in bringing about the conclusion of His plan for man and this planet. Job also tells us in [Job chapter 2] when the sons of God came to present themselves before God; Satan was called to join them to explain what he had been doing in the earth. Do you see the picture Jesus and Job are describing for us? Everything in creation works for God in some capacity fulfilling His eternal plan. The common man has no problem believing or understanding God’s plan because he doesn’t allow pride to block his hope in an eternal future in a better place.
The bible also teaches that man only knows in part [1 Corinthians 13:9] because God has set a dividing line (or a limit) between what we know and possess and what He wants us to know and possess. This line was established because God is in charge and man in his fallen state is conscious only of his natural surroundings until God quickens our understanding of His will and purpose. Satan, like man, is a fallen creature because of his sin of rebellion; therefore, he is limited in what he can do, where he can go, and how much he knows about God’s eternal plan. Jesus told Satan, “He was an offense to Him because (he once was the highest ranking angel in heaven who ministered before God’s throne) but now he is only mindful (or limited to being involved in) the things of men” [Matthew 16:23] or God has restricted Satan to the natural realm of life, and only in this realm is he allowed to conduct business. The natural realm as we know it and of which Satan presides over will pass away one day because it is only a replica of, and a poor one at that, of what it was created to be. But, the earth and the realm around it that has been contaminated by the sins of Satan and man will be returned to its original state of perfection on a date known only to God. The person of intelligence know at least in part that the end of things as we know them now is coming based upon the evidence he can see, but it will not end as a result of man destroying himself and his habitat. Man is not in charge of earth; God is! Therefore man cannot destroy what is not his to destroy.
Natural man does not know God nor does he understand he is nothing more than a servant to the desires of the God of heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, whom will one day judge all people according to what they did with the life they were given. In [1 Corinthians 1:18-25] the Apostle Paul tells us that Christ is the power and wisdom of God, but the same message that tells us what wisdom is – is foolishness to those who are perishing. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written; I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the (humanistic) wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom (its sense realm evidence) did not know God, but it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and the Greeks seek after (earthly) wisdom; (in institutions of higher learning) but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than (the military might of) men. DThrash.”
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