Human Wisdom versus the Gospel
The foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom. – 1 Corinthians 1:25
Author David Platt, in his book, Radical, tells the story of what happened when he was standing outside of a Buddhist temple in Indonesia. As he stood there, he got into a conversation with two people—a Buddhist leader and a Muslim leader. Both of them embraced what seemed to be very reasonable belief. They believed that, while there were superficial differences among the major religions, all of them basically taught the same thing. Then they asked David Platt what he thought.
He said, “It sounds as though you both picture God…at the top of a mountain. It seems as if you believe that we are all at the bottom of the mountain, and I may take one route up the mountain, you may take another, and in the end we will all end up in the same place.”
To this the Buddhist and the Muslim said, “Exactly! You understand!”
But then he leaned in and said, “Now let me ask you a question. What would you think if I told you that the God at the top of the mountain actually came down to where we are? What would you think if I told you that God doesn’t wait for people to find their way to him, but instead he comes to us?”
They both thought for a moment and then responded, “That would be great!”
David Platt then replied, “Let me introduce you to Jesus.”
Current human wisdom believes that all forms of spirituality are essentially the same. Such a belief seems logical. Without question it’s very convenient. And it’s dead wrong.
Never forget how radical the message of the Gospel really is. It’s not about our getting up to God. It’s about God coming down to us. It’s not about making ourselves holy before God. It’s about God living a holy life in our place. And it’s not about cleansing ourselves of our wrongs. It’s about God going to the cross to wash our sins away.
When it comes to human reason versus the Gospel, the Gospel wins every time. Thank God.