Devotional 07/05/2017by Terry Trainor on 07/05/17
Yesterday, I talked about the importance of maintaining the simplicity of Christianity in the face of an increasingly complicated world. Today, I want to tell you a story to point out the OTHER extreme which we must guard against.
This true story is a conversation overheard at an ivy league college between the head of the astronomy department and the dean of the divinity school. The astronomy professor said, "Now, let's face it. In religion, what it all boils down to very simply is that you should love your neighbor as you love yourself. It's the Golden Rule, right?" "Yes, I suppose that's true," replied the dean of the divinity school. "Just as in astronomy it all boils down to one thing--'Twinkle, twinkle, little star.'
Just as with all things, we must guard against OVERDOING this simplicity; there is the overly simple on one side, and the overly complex on the other, and we must steer the center course, the course of moderation. The plan of salvation is so simple that a little child can understand it, yet the working of God is the subject of the finest minds the world has ever known, and they are STILL not completely understood, nor is there any hope that they ever shall be by mere mortals.
The Word of God tells us:
Isaiah 44:24-25 (KJV);
“Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;”
I Corinthians 14:20 (KJV);
“Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.”