“Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction”
Years ago I heard a cute parable that went something like this: A group of scientists became so convinced that their knowledge, wisdom, and technology were so advanced that they could create human life from materials found in the “dust of the ground” just as God had done in the beginning (Genesis 2:7). They even challenged God to His face on the matter. God accepted the challenge, and when the scientists began collecting soil, the Lord suddenly stopped them. “Ah, Ah!” He said, “Get your own dirt!” The parable illustrates the fact that no matter how we choose to oppose God or deny His existence, our efforts must, as a matter of necessity, involve that which only He can and does provide. For instance, God’s own character, disclosed to us as love itself (1 John 4:8, 16), sets the standard for what amounts to moral goodness. God’s moral commands to us are the necessary expressions of His omni-benevolent character. As evidence for this, the Lord stated explicitly that the two greatest commandments were centered on love, to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). The great apostle Paul explained that we are to “owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law . . . Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8, 10). Most people (those who aren’t morally handicapped) believe love to be the greatest of ethics also. This is because God has written His moral law on our hearts (Romans 2:14-15). In this way, God accounts not only for the existence of objective moral values and duties (right and wrong, good and bad), but of our awareness of such things as well. How strange it is, therefore, that people would attempt to raise a principled moral complaint against God and how He has chosen to govern man! Similarly, the Bible reckons wisdom and knowledge as priceless treasures, both of which are original in the mind of God and deposited in Christ in whom “dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:3, 9). This means that we have God to thank for any wisdom or knowledge we may have. God is the original, All-Wise Knower of all things, and He has lovingly granted us a measure of wisdom and knowledge also. Some of this treasure was granted to us as innate wisdom and knowledge (we were born with it). In other cases, our wisdom and knowledge were acquired through correct use of our God-given rational and cognitive faculties. Again, it seems strange that anyone would take this “borrowed intellectual capital” and use it to fashion a logical argument against God! That would be as foolish as giving a speech explaining how air does not exist! May God help us to put to proper use the intellectual and moral treasures committed to our trust, for His glory and for the good of others. Amen!