Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Rejecting Jesus is to reject wisdom and knowledge

The news is filled with heinous acts of hate, debauchery, callousness, and downright evil. We are no longer surprised with filthy sexual acts or the horrible ways in which one person treats another. Extramarital affairs are rampant and, more times than not, are merely winked at by those not personally affected by the acts of unfaithfulness. Our moral standards have plummeted in the last few decades, they show no sign of slowing down their sick slide, and there are factions within our society that would have us accept this behavior as normal.

The Bible tells us that it is in Christ, “...in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3 ESV). It is impossible to wise, or to have true knowledge, apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ. We may gather facts, we may learn information; however, the ability to wisely utilize those facts and information for their intended purpose, the glory of God, will elude us. We will turn the best discoveries will eventually be used for less than moral purposes…think about it for a minute. How many good, wholesome inventions/discoveries/research are being considered as weapons of warfare?

The Bible is clear about the source of wisdom and knowledge, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10 ESV; Psalm 111:10) and, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7 ESV). When we reject God, we reject the foundation of wisdom and knowledge.

True morality is grounded in a Holy God. As a society rebels against this holy God, it drifts further and further away from that morality and begins to construct a moral standard of its own. They believe they have the right to make their own rules and do whatever they want with no consequences. However, God says that the consequence of rejecting Him is His judgment, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18 ESV).

As people reject God, His will, and His ways, they lose their ability to reason correctly. They lose their moral compass, and they lose any semblance of the image of God given to each of us. It is this image of God that empowers our reasoning faculty and gives us the ability to act humanely. Those who reject God become little more than animals, living to satisfy their lusts and desires, with the motivating drive of their lives only to feed their selfish passions. And they believe they are right, “There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth” (Proverbs 30:12 ESV).

Those who reject the lordship of Jesus Christ are cutting themselves off from the true source of knowledge and wisdom and are wilfully courting madness.