A POTPOURRI OF PHILOSOPHIES

The following article was composed by Rick Ferret

For many people today the pace of life is extraordinary. Do we rush? Are we in a hurry?
Does anything really matter? Humanities quest for knowledge and answers to all manner of
questions has been exciting and adventurous, but also confusing for many. The
smorgasbord of human philosophy is astounding. Charles Swindoll in his book, “Growing
Strong in the Seasons of Life,” created the following partial list of mankind’s quest:

Greece said . . . Be wise, know yourself
Rome said . . . Be strong, discipline yourself
Psychology says . . . Be confident, fulfill yourself
Education says . . . Be resourceful, expend yourself
Materialism says . . . Be acquisitive, please yourself
Pride says . . . Be superior, promote yourself
Diplomacy says . . . Be reasonable, control yourself
Humanism says . . . Be capable, trust yourself

Wow, the list could go on. Could it be that this buffet of human philosophies continues to leave us searching for more, something else that can truly satisfy the human quest?
One author understood well the plight of the human search declaring that “it is an old butironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way” (Rollo May).

Another wiser thinker suggested that the majority of mankind “lead lives of quiet
Robert Ingersol, a brilliant agnostic, despairingly declared at the end of his life that

“Life is a narrow veil between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud, and the only answer is the echo of our wailing cry.”

Pontius Pilate, Judea’s notorious governor during the process of interrogating Jesus Christ of Nazareth heard Jesus refer to “the truth.” Pilate was quick to reply with a question that has reverberated throughout history, and continues to so. “What is truth?” Pilate never waited for an answer and left in disgust. If he had waited for an answer it would have been the same as noted in John 14: 6 where Jesus stated very unequivocally that He alone is “the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.”

I am drawn again to Swindoll’s conclusions.

“Christianity is not a system of human philosophy or religious ritual or a code of moral ethics – it is the impartation of divine life through Christ. Apart from the Way there is no going. . . apart from the Truth there is no knowing . . . apart from the Life there is no Living.”

Perhaps the following philosophy needs deeper consideration: God says . . . Be in Christ, rest yourself.

By Rick Ferret

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