The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: (Proverbs 1:7)
A wise man once said, “There is not enough time in one’s life to make all the same mistakes that other men have made.” How true. We have a limited amount of time. Why waste it?
Nor is there time enough to read all the books that knowledgeable men have written in the past. If a man were to give his life entirely to the indepth study of a book a week, he would scarcely make a dent in all the vast libraries of the world. Perhaps he would only be able to finish a few shelves in a single library.
And that is a problem.
A World Full of Books
If the great issues of our souls are determined by how much our minds are exercised with the thinking of those that have lived before us, how can we be sure we have considered all things that are necessary? How can we be sure we have chosen the right books? What if something incredibly vital was missed in our study?
Modern man thinks that his life can be reduced to the attainment of a proper education. He believes that literacy and proper teaching will make him a well-rounded man of the world. He believes he can achieve his goals and live a fulfilled life through proper intellectual pursuits. By focusing on philosophy and intellect while casting away all of the foolishness of biblical faith.
The False Choice
Stephen Hawking has made such assertions. He believes that men must choose science or God. That they must choose either the physical laws of the universe or the supposed “designer” of those laws. It is as if he believes that the laws of physics are God.
Yet all of this thinking is based on the most profound and dangerous of assumptions. Namely, that all that we see is based on random chance. That the universe is its own “cause”. That all the order and design of the universe is the result of an infinite cascade of trial, error and randomness.
Where Does Information Come From?
I heard a lecture given by a medical doctor who specialized in molecular biology. He said that the complexity in a molecule was staggering. He also stated that the information needed to control all the components of a molecule was beyond amazing.
His bottom line was that information and data systems do not come together by chance. No one in the computer sciences would ever state that information systems could be developed without a designer. And even the most basic of genetic functions must occur with a massive system of repeated functions comparable to an entire orchestra playing a marathon of compositions flawlessly. Repeatedly. For every genetic strand. For every molecule. (See the link below for the full lecture given by Dr. Mark Eastman)
The Fear of the Lord
The Bible says, “…the world by wisdom knew not God …” (I Corinthians 1:21). Yet this is the very process by which modern men attempt to seek Him out. As if, finite man, is able to grasp the character and mind of the infinite God.
God has never intended that any man could know him by the power of his own will or intellect. God is only to be known by faith. Faith is based on the Word of God. That Word is a living and supernatural thing which is able to pierce the soul and spirit to reveal the Lord Jesus Christ.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) God is not interested in the abilities nor intellectual prowess of men. Those things mean nothing to Him. Nor is He interested in men of great accomplishment, wealth, power or status.
The salvation of a man is based on his seeing his own need. His own desperate need for the Savior. For cleansing from sin. For forgiveness. And to be made a new creature in Christ.
The “wise man” of this world will never be satisfied with the message of the cross of Christ. Nor in preaching about the blood of Christ. Because all of that can only be apprehended when the natural man humbles himself before his Creator and bows the knee by faith.
It is then that wisdom and knowledge begin.
PS: Here is a link to the lecture given by Dr. Mark Eastman that I referred to earlier. Ex Atheist / Evolutionist is the title.