Monday, November 18, 2019

Machen: religion vs. philosophy

Monday, November 18, 2019
    [The LORD:] “This is what the LORD says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.”
    —Isaiah 44:6 (NIV)
    True religion can make no peace with a false philosophy, any more than with a science that is falsely so-called; a thing cannot possibly be true in religion and false in philosophy or in science. All methods of arriving at truth, if they be valid methods, will arrive at a harmonious result. Certainly the atheistic or agnostic Christianity which sometimes goes under the name of a “practical” religion is no Christianity at all. At the very root of Christianity is the belief in the real existence of a personal God.
    ... J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937), Christianity and Liberalism, The Macmillan Company, 1923, p. 58 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 44:6; Gen. 5:24; 17:1; Ex. 3:14; Ps. 90:2; John 8:58; Heb. 13:8; Rev. 1:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have graciously permitted me to know You.
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