Sunday, March 05, 2017

Carnell: general wisdom

Sunday, March 5, 2017
    Your Father in heaven] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
    —Matthew 5:45b (NIV)
    General wisdom is not a threat to the gospel, because everything good traces to God. God is merciful and kind; he bestows truth, as well as rain and sunshine, upon the just and the unjust. Christ is the “true light that enlightens every man.” This bestowal should inspire feelings of joy, not resentment, in the heart of a Christian. Aristotle said many wise things about logic, Confucius many wise things about morals. When a Christian attacks general wisdom in the name of the gospel, the natural man will attack the gospel in the name of general wisdom.
    ... Edward John Carnell (1919-1967), The Case for Orthodox Theology, Philadelphia: Westminister, 1959, p. 128 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:44-45; 1 Kings 3:7-9; Ps. 145:9; Pr. 1:20-33; 8; 9; Matt. 11:18-19; Luke 2:52; John 1:9; Acts 14:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have scattered Your light where You will.
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