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When The New Cannot Outdistance the Old

G.K. Chesterton wrote: In the modern world we are primarily confronted with the extraordinary spectacle of people turning to new ideals because they have not tried the old.

Sometimes we bow to the trendy because we think if we have a new way of doing what God of old did and turning to the "new" and modern we somehow reinvent God's pure truth and His pure ways. Ecclesiastes 1:9 History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Can old be new? If we look at this truth from God's perspective and not from a human perspective we will see the wisdom of this truth. To say that something eternal gets old ages it and makes it temporal and finite. Dangerous!!

The writer of Hebrews wrote in Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Nuf Said!!

If you want to improve on something eternal and "old" then you are limiting the power of God and the infinity of God. As you can see, dangerous! The infinite God has given us a model for eternity and it never grows old and it can never be improved upon. The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote in chapter 3 verse 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. We cannot explain this great truth away and to succumb to the fruitless thinking that we can come up with something better than our awesome God is ludicrous, and dumb.

So the next time you have a desire to try and improve on a truth that God has established please back away from sinning. Academia can get us into a fix if we let our desire for knowledge overtake the purity of the wisdom of God. Philsopher (def) -a person engaged or learned in philosophy, especially as an academic discipline. The early detection that shows our minds are trying to rationalize God's truth by trying to put man's opinions in it is a moment of spiritual maturity and will keep you from going down a very wide path that leads to destruction.

Sometimes our desire to improve anything causes us to be known as a perfectionist which is laughable at best. There is no perfection in anything we do and the efforts to get there always ends in imperfection, but a perfectionist will never admit it. This kind of way of looking at life is a very separatist way of living. It is how the rich and the poor are divided. It is how the learned and the unlearned are divided. It is also how the proud and the humble are divided as well. There is no good in this way of living and it is totally humanism based. Do not let it invade your thinking or life if you are a follower of Jesus. There are some mysteries of God that are a little difficult to understand, but Jesus made this one easy where He said in Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. The person that does what Jesus says here is the person who is content with the Lord and just follows His Word and nothing else. Oh that we would all be so in love with Jesus.

So the next time you want to "improve" an age-old truth from God step back and pray about it and think it through. You could be stepping into a trap set for you by the devil. God's truth is eternal and that is the truth we should hold to and never change.

The Pilgrimage Continues

David Warren

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