Those who can hardly stand the syntax and rhythmic schemes of the English usage in our Constitution will not find any magnificence or beauty in the Elizabethan phrases of the Bible’s King James Version. Not to worry – other versions are readily available to elucidate and amplify; there is hope for those whose cognizance has been slighted.
King James says “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? How long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?” (Ps 4: 2) The hurried generation doesn’t employ, nor is familiar with terms like ‘leasing.’ Visions of new car leases or Fifth Avenue apartments that rent for five million dollars or more per year are not the subject spoken to in the King’s most regal version of writ.
Let’s use a simpler version, broken down for the hurried minds and the erudite of the day. Here is a chance for those fully endowed with acquired knowledge, but who remain unable to engage the ancient, revered yet fully preserved mechanism by which to use knowledge correctly, commonly referred to as wisdom.
The easier version, quoted from the Message Bible, removes the clouds, thus rendering it accessible even to the minds of children. “You rabble—how long do I put up with your scorn? How long will you lust after lies? How long will you live crazed by illusion?” (Opere citato)
The ‘everything came from nothing’ crowd insists that God could not have actually spoken these words. That’s OK because the same crowd is still wrestling with the question of whether the tree falling in the forest makes any noise in the absence of anyone being present to hear it. Passing by their own fully accepted, empirically derived definition of sound, we should not be surprised that they haven’t arrived at a fully supportable definition for the beginning of the universe.
To review: whether a falling tree in the forest makes a noise, cannot be answered – but a big bang in outer space did make a universe. No witnesses for either event, but an entire society that believes one big bang equals one big universe. This raises the specter of two more great questions. First, if a mind asks a question when no one is there to hear it, does it create a great intellect? Second, do you actually want to leave the explanation of the universe in the hands of people who think like this?
As they wrestle with the question of trees in the forest, we at least already know that not one human being was present to hear the big bang; subsequently, explanations for the origin of the universe are still, knocking, flailing. and floundering at wisdom’s door.
If wisdom arose, He would no doubt rebuke those who pounded on his door. He would ask the question of why he should have to speak to them a second and third time on the subject He has addressed so often and so concisely. Why should He have to repeat it again to the dull of hearing when there are those who haven’t heard it for the first time? Have you heard it yet?
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