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Enlightenment - The Smugness of Ignorance


Enlightenment - The Smugness of Ignorance

In listening to a recent talk on the historical period called the enlightenment, the speaker presented the common perspective that there was a transition from faith to reason represented by advancements in science. The political progressives and secularists of today are inheritors of this tradition of “reason”. However, when one abandons God (who is truth and is the source of wisdom), one is vulnerable to any idea no matter how ludicrous.

Scientology - Miniature space aliens live in volcanoes and infest people.

Masonic lore - Lucifer had a son (Cain) with Eve and all the cool artists and craftsmen on earth descend from that lineage.

Theosophy - Old dead smart people (ascended masters) want to help you learn secret knowledge.

Equality - This mathematical abstraction is applied to people declaring that everyone has the same ability, talents, and potential.

Evolution - Nothing existed and then it blew up and became everything and then made itself into people.

Feminism - Rather than being an honored wife and mother, a woman can find more fulfillment being a drone in a corporate hive.

Many mystery religions, cults, and self-professed sages declare like Lucifer or Prometheus that they bring light. When in reality;

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

In rejecting God and elevating his own reason, man essentially blinded himself. He had help in this from Satan who even in the beginning promised secret knowledge to Eve. Satan desires to destroy or cripple our faith. One way he employs is appealing to the vanity of our reason so that we reject what God says when we find it unreasonable. In this way we make ourselves judges of God.

Roman 12:16b Be not wise in your own conceits.

The Christian is called to truth. In truth is humility. It is our surrender to and immersion in Christ and his word that allows us to draw from the well of truth and wisdom. When confronted with things we do not understand, we may wish to first consider that it is our understanding that is limited rather than God.

Those who reject God with haughty arrogance might be warned that God is not mocked (Gal 6:7). The enlightenment was not the ushering in of the golden age of man’s evolution, instead it was the abandonment of faith in God for faith in self.

Romans 1:21-22 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools


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