Beliefs Can Reveal Our Folly!

 

        I recently read an article that stated that what we believe reveals either our wisdom or our folly.  Consider the following statements and when they were made and you will see what I mean:

 

“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” Lord Kelvin, British mathematician, physicist, and president of the British Royal Society, c. 1895

 

“With over fifty foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn’t likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S. market for itself.” Business Week, August 2, 1968

 

“A severe depression like that of 1920-21 is outside the range of probability.” The Harvard Economic Society, November 16, 1929

 

“I think there is a world market for about five computers.” Thomas J. Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

 

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.” Ken Olson, President, Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

 

“The phonograph…is not of any commercial value.” Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of the phonograph, c. 1880

 

“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…” General John B. Sedgwick, last words, Battle of Spotsylvania, 1864

 

Much of our “wisdom” can end up sounding so foolish.  In a time when we focus on the graduation of eleven of our young people and on the attainment of wisdom and knowledge, I believe that Paul’s example and determination is the one we would all find most beneficial to follow:

 

    “For I determined not to know any thing among you, except Jesus Christ, and him crucified…that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:2, 4)

 

The wisest attainment is to know Christ and stand in His power!

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