Thursday, March 28, 2013

Finding True Knowledge...

The writer of the Proverbs early on in his book tells us that true knowledge starts with a reverence and respect of God. Conversely, he adds that the way of destruction and futileness is initiated when one ignores God. He basically then uses the remainder of his book to expound on results of listening to God's wisdom and the folly of choosing ones own way.

I realized last night listening to a debate on television between a young man wanting to hold up the traditional idea of marriage and family with a popular TV host and his guest who were ridiculing him for his outdated beliefs that what I was witnessing was not a clash of moral values but rather basic world views. Both sides were passionate about their particular points of view (traditional marriage versus same-sex marriage) and both passionately were arguing their case. The debate became more and more heated by the minute.

The more I watched, the more I realized that there could be no amicable resolution, no middle ground where the two could meet. For they were coming from two completely different world views. They had each started their journey of their view of the world from two divergent vantage points and on those paths, there was no common ground or even a place where those two ways of thinking would ever cross paths.

You see, the young man started from the vantage point/world view that God, as Creator, has a plan and a purpose for a husband and wife (male/female) marriage and the children that result from that union. Furthermore, His plan and their union is to be mirror and even foreshadowing of the relationship that He desires to have with us and will one day at the culmination of the ages.

On the other hand, the popular TV host and his guest started from the vantage point that there are no such things as God's law, God's plans or God-ordained models for the family and that people, who are pretty much the pinnacle of everything we know, should be able to choose whatever they want as long as it makes them happy.

A voice began nagging at me...

"There is a way that seems right to man..."

I do not condemn any person for their view on things such as same-sex marriage. I don't want to and I don't have to. I do, as the young man in last night's debate did, proudly stand and recognize God's authority, His plan and His purpose for things such as a man and woman and the family. What I choose to believe and follow is what I think to be true in God's Word. Nothing more. What others choose to think and follow is their own decision. But I do know one thing...

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline..."

If you don't start with a Biblical world view, a "God" view of things, there's no telling where one can wind up.

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