December 28 – in the way of truth

in the way of truth
unworthy authority
hinders every one

Adapted from, “There are in fact four very significant stumbling blocks in the way of grasping the truth, which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom, namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority, longstanding custom, the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge.

Which is attributed to the English theologian, philosopher and Franciscan friar, Roger Bacon, who lived over 700 years ago.

700 years ago?

700 years ago!

That the example of weak and unworthy authority was an issue 700 years ago is both worthy of remark and at the same time, not unexpected, especially if you have read the Old Testament and the books of Kings.

Clearly, plus ça change, plus c’est la même.

But please notice that we play a role in this as well.

the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge .”

This is the scary part for me.

So many friends and family say they just do not know what to think any more.

Who can you trust?

Who can you believe?

I respect those folks who come forward and admit, they don’t know.

For them, off the top of head, I can come up with a few points from the Bible.

By their fruits you will know them.

God is NOT MOCKED.

For my friends who want to hide ignorance, I would say, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.

To close, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28 NIV

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