“In your metaphysics you have denied personality to the Deity, yet when the devout motions of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
And I should add, “flee into the open hands of the Messiah, who has long endured your disdain and indifference.”
Here is how the Lord God Almighty continues to prevail through the literary genius of men, who might not particularly identify with Him, yet organise words and ideas that evidentially punch holes on the balloons of their own self-promoted philosophies.
Whether it is an Oscar Wilde or a Voltaire or a Nietzsche, if you study their works very well, in the multiplicity of their arguments, they always (somehow) unwittingly provide a witness for God in their self-acclaimed arguments.
Hear what Emerson says again: “Of what use to make heroic vows of amendment if the same old lawbreaker is to keep them?”
What do you have to say to that? Does that not perfectly summarise the principles of the New Creation Man documented by the Apostle Paul in his epistles, especially Romans? Jesus said, to put new wine into old wine skin is to waste it. Else, pour the new wine into new wine skin and everything will just be fine. Which means the old nature must be excommunicated before the laws of a New Life can work in a life. Paul spoke further about the tug of war that usually exist in such contradictions in Galatians. Unless man embraces the conditions of Higher Life, he can only continue in his endless circling of life with self-conceit.
The witness of God (and for God) is subtly tucked into every conceivable media of man that no one will eventually succeed in going through a lifetime without regular ‘introduction’ to the real nature of his longings.
Just like the spiritual persuasion of every author eventually floats to the surface of their literatures, the real desire of man for redemption is often sprinkled across the whole landscape of his philosophy; his frustrations with the insufficiency of man and the endless bemoaning of several socioculturally approved acts of decadence makes him a prophet of sorts – totally unfit to the fads of his generations – except that he cannot prophesy his own deliverance.
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