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Friday, June 7 2013
When The Love Of Wisdom Becomes Love Of Self
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ"
The English words "philosophy" and "philosopher" originated from the compound Greek word, pronounced philosophia, which means love of wisdom i.e. philos means love and sophia means wisdom. That Greek word is found twice in the Holy Bible.
The love of wisdom is good, provided that it's God's Wisdom, not merely imagined wisdom "philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
"2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
There is a great difference between God's Wisdom, that is based on reality, and man's foolish "philosophy" that is a "doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural." Where does it lead? "But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish."
"3:1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
"And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent"
When the apostle Paul encountered the philosophers of Athens who "spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing," he was astounded at their lack of true wisdom - and how they indeed were "spoiled through philosophy and vain deceit." Some of them found true Wisdom that day, when "certain men clave unto him."
"17:16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry [see Thou shalt have no other gods before Me and Thou shalt not make any graven image] . 17:17 Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection [see Resurrections]. 17:19 And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is? 17:20 For thou bringest certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. 17:21 For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.
Fact Finder: How does the lust for selfish wisdom result in the denial of God?
This Day In History, June 7
421: Roman Emperor Theodosius II married Aelia Eudocia at Constantinople. The city in Turkey was re-named after the Roman Emperor Constantine - the primary inventor of the Church of Rome and the false-Christian "Sunday" worship (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy, A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
1099: The armies of the First Crusade (1096-99) reached Jerusalem (again, see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1329: Robert the Bruce, who seized the Scottish throne in 1306, died. He was succeeded by David II.
1494: After the first discoveries by Christopher Columbus and others, the Treaty of Tordesillas was signed; Spain and Portugal agreed to divide "the New World" between them.
1498: Christopher Columbus departed on his third voyage of exploration to the New World. Despite all of what has lamentably become little more than selfish fantasies and misinforming propaganda that now pose as "history," all of the voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually limited to the islands of the Caribbean Sea (see the map and Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1546: The Peace of Ardes ended the war between France and England.
1628: The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, became law after Royal Assent by Charles I.
1654: Louis XIV was crowned king of France.
1677: Olivier Moriel de la Durantaye claimed the Lake Huron to Lake Erie area for France.
1692: 1,600 people were killed and 3,000 were injured when an earthquake struck Port Royal, Jamaica.
1863: French troops captured Mexico City.
1886: Elzear-Alexandre Taschereau was appointed Canada's first cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.
1929: The Papal State was revived when the Vatican was established in Rome. It had not existed since 1870.
1939: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the parents of the present-day Queen Elizabeth I) crossed from Canada to the U.S. to become the first British monarchs to visit the former colonies.
1942: During the Second World War, Japanese forces occupied the U.S. islands of Attu and Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.
1944: During the D Day invasion of Normandy, the Nazi SS troops murdered 23 Canadian prisoners of war.
1967: Day 3 of the "6 Day War" - Israeli forces took The Old City, thereby securing the entire city as Israel's capital (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1981: To stop (as it is now known, non-existent) Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction" (Israel is the only nation in the Middle East that has nuclear "weapons of mass destruction" - as proven by the later invasion of Iraq), Prime Minister Menachem Begin sent Israeli warplanes to bomb a French-built nuclear reactor that was only capable of generating electricity for Baghdad.
1991: Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted, sending a plume of ash 7 kilometers (over 4 miles) into the atmosphere.
1998: In Texas, James Byrd, Jr., was murdered by "white supremacists" who dragged him behind their pickup truck along an asphalt road.
2000: The United Nations defined the "Blue Line" as the border between northern Israel and Lebanon.