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giving meaning?

25-10-2013 - Posted by Andre Piet

image5 Our word “philosophy” is a word of Greek origin. It means love (philo) of wisdom (sofie). Is it not significant that “sofie”‘ (presumably) is derived from the Hebrew word “tsofiem” that means “perspective” {“view”} (Mich.7:7)? It is also translated “watchtower” or “lookout” (1Sam.14:16). That is, a place on a height, where one has an overview, a vantage point from which things can clearly be seen. The Bible emphasizes that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Job 28:28; Ps.111:10). That will say, without GOD we have no idea of origin, meaning and purpose. Love of wisdom (philosophy) speaks of the desire of man to know the meaning of life. But how can one have a sensible perspective of life without a proper realization of GOD? If there is no God, our existence, by definition, is meaningless. Hence, awe of Him, is the starting point (axiom) of wisdom. By far, most of what passes for philosophy, painfully demonstrates the lack of perspective. “Without God and without hope” (Eph.2:12). They speak in philosophical jargon about “giving meaning”, but the word itself suggests that we, ourselves, must give meaning and make sense of things; with the unspoken thought: life is meaningless. What a privilege it is, therefore, to know the Good News as Paul preached among the nations. To know that there is One, Who has conceived all and created all for its purpose (Prov.16:4). A God with whom there are no hopeless cases and Who brings everything and everyone, in His time, to its proper destination. Then you are rightfully informed, “placed on a high lookout”! That is having a meaningful PERSPECTIVE and PROSPECT!

seeing that out of Him and through Him and for Him is all: to Him be the glory for the eons! Amen! -Romans 11:36-