Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ (Col 2:8).
While attending various universities and teaching at some, I have met some truly brilliant people. I have also encountered some while at the grocery store, at church, in books, or on TV. I have come to the conclusion that a brilliant mind can be a blessing or a curse.
I remember hearing about a philosophy professor whose final exam consisted of one question, “Why?”
Many of the world’s most amazing thinkers would answer that question with high-sounding nonsense.
Even people like DaVinci, Einstein or Hawking would all fall short if their only knowledge and resources came from the spiritual powers of the world. Human or worldly thinking at its best is still empty philosophies; the power is not only limited, but also deceitful.
God’s ways (keep in mind that He’s the creator) do not align with the ways of the world. If a person answered by saying, “to have, do, and try everything this world has to offer,” he would find himself responding like Solomon who actually did have, do and try everything—“It is all in vain, as senseless as chasing the wind.”
Answering our own “Why?” is so important because it serves as a filter for making choices. God’s word tells us that the only thing that will ultimately satisfy our souls is being in a relationship with Him—to know Him personally and intimately. Our “why” must begin with God.
I’d like to end with Ravi Zacharias’s “why” clearly extracted from scripture. “My longings, my hopes, my dreams, and my every effort have been to live for Him who rescued me, to study for Him who gave me this mind, to serve Him who fashioned my will, and to speak for Him who gave me a voice.”
(1 John 4:9, 2 Tim 2:15, Josh 24:14, Acts1:8)