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Re-examine received wisdom?

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"In a world where rapid change is the one constant, all received wisdom, including what is vitreous, must be regularly re-examined." So says an associate editor at Emory magazine in Atlanta, 2013. If the received wisdom is revealed to us from God, then it should be re-examined I'm order to apply it most effectively in new situations. In other words, Biblical teachings for honesty, faithfulness in marriage, abstinence before marriage, etc., should be continued.

If received wisdom is a mere human invention, then of course it should be dumped on occasion. "Situation ethics " is another way of describing this idea. By this standard, if you get tired of a spouse and want to ditch him or her for a younger or richer or more sympathetic one, by all means go ahead. If God does not exist, then anything is possible, as the Russian writer Doestoyevsky observed. Then to work hard as unto The Lord, to seek peace and to pursue it as the Bible teaches, and other Biblical commands to treat other as want to be treated, and so on, can be forgotten when a Hitler, Stalin, or Pol Pot comes along. When the law of God is not written on our hearts, then to disrespect his laws seem reasonable at times.

Even when we are supernaturally converted to follow Jesus Christ, the laws of God still seem unreasonable at times. When I am wronged I want to get revenge, instead of to trust that vengeance belongs to God and be will repay, as the Bible promises. Several other verses conflict with my natural inclinations, as different verses do for everyone who ever lived. But Christians believe, reluctantly at times, that "The heart is desperately wicked." Therefore neither it nor our limited reason deserve to be trusted as much as God who inspired the Bible, with its revealed received wisdom that stands in judgement on each culture and each individual within each culture.



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