Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
As we have learned over the past several days, a fool turns away from God and wisdom. They essentially repent of God. They may have logic and reason, but do they have wisdom?
Turning from Wisdom
The “New Atheists” of today (such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris) are indeed very intelligent. However, they tend to be rather mean-spirited in their attacks on religion and faith, and in the process fail to see their own hypocrisy. They, too, work on faith in many things, for humanity does not yet have all of the answers. They need faith that everything they claim as truth is true or that we will verify them as true in the future.
Another group of those who have turned away from God are criminals of all sorts. There are many criminals who are very intelligent, yet the evidence of the lack of wisdom is that they commit crimes. One of the greatest examples of intelligent criminals is Leopold and Loeb. These two young friends (who graduated college young) were 19 and 18, respectively, when they decided to commit the perfect crime. They kidnapped and killed Loeb’s 14-year-old second-cousin Bobby Franks. The only physical problem with their crime was that Leopold accidentally dropped his custom-made eyeglasses where they left the body. In other words, they were eventually caught. With all of their intelligence, they lacked the wisdom to not commit any crimes.
Turning away from wisdom and God is not only dangerous, it has dire consequences. Whether it is dealing with hurt feelings, broken relationships, jail/prison time, or any other consequence, there are always consequences. The worst, by far, is eternal condemnation.
Father, forgive us when we fail to seek your wisdom and heed Your call. Help us remember to pray for those who do not know You, and give us the wisdom to know how to interact with all people. We thank You that took the ultimate consequence upon Yourself through the cross for those of us who believe. We praise You and pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
April 7th, 2012 at 12:42 am
Wow! I just read the link to Leopold and Loeb. What got me the most was the Darrow defense. Essentially, he used evolution as the reason for their violent behavior. Darrow said “This terrible crime was inherent in his organism, and it came from some ancestor…”
April 7th, 2012 at 12:51 am
The entire scenario was just crazy. I was not yet a believer in Jesus Christ when I learned about Leopold and Loeb, but I was able to see the sheer foolishness then. My Christian friends helped me understand what I could not see. In a sense, you could say the foolishness of Leopold and Loeb and Darrow helped lead me to Christ!
Seriously, though, to think that something supposedly from millions of years in our alleged genetic past is what ultimately caused the crime sounds so ridiculous that it baffles me that someone as intelligent as Clarence Darrow would use it (and others would buy it).
April 8th, 2012 at 5:52 am
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