Do Proverbs promise too much?


King Solomon Proverbs are the Old Testament ABC’s Wisdom Advice for morality and individual control of oneself to achieve living a long and full life, barring uncontrollable circumstances a person may be confronted in life.

One thousand years later, the New Testament records the life and message of Jesus Christ is to “Love One Another,” will lead to a better living life and death on earth?

The purpose of this post is to promote understanding the limits of man’s epistemology to believe they will ever be capable to provide a better blueprint for life other than to Trust in the Lord, while living a wise and loving moral life.

King Solomon

Long life is in [wisdom’s] right hand. In [wisdom’s] left hand are riches and honor.(Proverbs 3:16)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

What’s My Point?

Reading the news today provides numerous opportunities to write posts to point ou the failings of man’s wisdom and love by comparing proverbs, which gave wise advice and if followed, may have avoided or prevented the sad happenings.

However, the question arises, do proverbs promise too much, or in other words, are not realistic in real life?

To answer this question, I read an essay titled, Do Proverbs Promise Too Much, which contained this following statement.

“If one does not make human knowledge wholly dependent upon the original self-knowledge and consequent revelation of God to man, then man will have to seek knowledge within himself as the final reference point. Then he will have to seek an exhaustive understanding of reality. Then he will have to hold that if he cannot attain to such an exhaustive understanding of reality, he has no true knowledge of anything at all. Either man must then know everything or he knows nothing. This is the dilemma that confronts every form of non-Christian epistemology.36 “

In My Opinion

Sadly, although the Bible message of wisdom and love is the best blueprint to build a moral life, not everyone will spend the time to read the instructions. Even though, by following the advice, it will lead them to understand how to build a hopefully longer life on earth that leads to peace, joy, and comfort in both good and bad times they may experience.

Trust in the Lord, not man’s epistemology, is the key instruction on every social blueprint for life instructions in the Bible. The more time we study the blueprint details, the better we will understand how to build a better life, to avoid pitfalls, during our limited lifespan on earth.

If Interested,

Read the essay in the Source Link below.

You Decide

Do Wisdom Proverbs promise too much or too little practical advice to lead a moral life that leads to riches and honor in life?

He is not the God of the dead but of the living” (Matthew 22:32). Was the moral life and teachings of Jesus Christ a good example and wise advice for both living and dying?

Has any of man’s non-Christian epistemology, based on history, provided to date, better advice and answers for Creation of life and death on earth than the Bible?

Regards and good will blogging

Source Link

Do Proverbs Promise Too Much?

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