In the world but not of it

February 16, 2010

Philosophy…

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Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers* of this world, rather than from Christ. Colossians 2:8

The word philosophy is made up of two distinct Greek words.

The first “philo” is one of the Greek words for “man”. The second “sophy” is the word for “wisdom”.

Philosophy simply means man’s wisdom. Isn’t that interesting? It gives a whole new meaning and perspective to the word since for many when they hear the word philosophy it is typically thought of as something deep and well understood. It conjures up thoughts of someone or something that is rooted in study and education.

While that may be true, the very best it can ever be is man’s wisdom toward any given topic. This in itself means that it is flawed somewhere, somehow. Man’s wisdom has extreme limitations and contradictions. As much as a man tries to explain a topic, he will always have a limited set of facts or figures to support it.

Take, for example, the most intelligent person in the known world on a given topic. This person can explain and resolve perhaps almost every area of that topic but they will always admit there is more to know and discover. Even more, introduce them to a new topic and their intelligence and wisdom will be limited.

When we meet people that are intelligent or good communicators they can seem intimidating and we can become impressed and influenced by their views and opinions.

It’s not philosophy we’re after; it’s Theosophy (God’s wisdom)…

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