From “Morning and Evening” by C. H. Spurgeon

“Who of God is made unto us wisdom.”- 1Co_1:30

Man’s intellect seeks after rest, and by nature seeks it apart from the Lord Jesus Christ. Men of education are apt, even when converted, to look upon the simplicities of the cross of Christ with an eye too little reverent and loving. They are snared in the old net in which the Grecians were taken, and have a hankering to mix philosophy with revelation. The temptation with a man of refined thought and high education is to depart from the simple truth of Christ crucified, and to invent, as the term is, a more intellectual doctrine. This led the early Christian churches into Gnosticism, and bewitched them with all sorts of heresies. This is the root of Neology, and the other fine things which in days gone by were so fashionable in Germany, and are now so ensnaring to certain classes of divines. Whoever you are, good reader, and whatever your education may be, if you be the Lord’s, be assured you will find no rest in philosophizing divinity. You may receive this dogma of one great thinker, or that dream of another profound reasoner, but what the chaff is to the wheat, that will these be to the pure word of God. All that reason, when best guided, can find out is but the A B C of truth, and even that lacks certainty, while in Christ Jesus there is treasured up all the fulness of wisdom and knowledge. All attempts on the part of Christians to be content with systems such as Unitarian and Broad-church thinkers would approve of, must fail; true heirs of heaven must come back to the grandly simple reality which makes the ploughboy’s eye flash with joy, and gladens the pious pauper’s heart-”Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.” Jesus satisfies the most elevated intellect when he is believingly received, but apart from him the mind of the regenerate discovers no rest. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” “A good understanding have all they that do his commandments.”

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2 thoughts on “From “Morning and Evening” by C. H. Spurgeon

  1. mikecarmel

    Religion is one of the most if not the most destructive intellectual journey man has devised. One only has to look from very recent history back for thousands of years to see how violence against innocent people was perpetuated in the name of religion. Christians fight amongst themselves, and with people from other religions. Muslims whip up violence of a very few and Christians run around with holy furor wanting to ban Muslims from our country. Once you leave the religiously restricted mindset you have described, the world and universe opens up in infinite directions. People become just people and you can treat them on their true merits, not pre-judged and set into classes. I am an Atheist, did you just pre-judge me?

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  2. Wayne Augden Post author

    Mike, thank you for your comment. I agree with you in your view of religion. Religion is man made. I remember reading somewhere where someone said that “Religion is man’s attempt to reach God.” Any such attempt is doomed to failure. Man has, under the guise of religion, pursued his own sinful desires and ambitions for thousands of years, and the tentacles of his hypocrisy reach deep into the heart of all religions, governments, institutions, and organizations. Christianity is not immune to hypocrisy either. There will always be people who claim to be what they aren’t, and whose lives don’t bear out what they give witness to whether they ascribe to a religion or not. In truth it doesn’t matter because religion is false. The sadness of it is that people who profess to be “Christians” have made “Christianity” into a religion rather than what it is intended to be which is a relationship with Christ Jesus.

    Please don’t judge my Lord and Savior by the failure of some of His so called followers to live as He has called them to live. Mike, I’m not going to try and convince you that God exists or that you should believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. You call yourself an Atheist, and that’s a choice just as I call myself a follower of Christ. What I am going to tell you is that I was lost, so steeped in sin, so ugly and miserable, that I was of no account to myself or anyone else. Then I met Christ Jesus, and my life changed, and has never been the same. I have hope where I had no hope, a future where I saw no future. My sins are forgiven, and I know my Lord…

    I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Lee Strobel, but he wrote an excellent book called “The Case For Faith.” He also called Himself an Atheist. I’d like to challenge you to read it. If nothing else you might get a good laugh out of it, then again, it might give you something to think about. What do you have to lose but a little time?

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