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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Greek And Hebrew

Two of the most influential cultures in History, and yet their basic worldviews are the antithesis of each other. Despite this, the Bible was written in both of these languages.

Greek philosophy features man as the god. Man’s mind, body, acts, are all highly lauded. That’s why the great philosophers Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, etc., were, and still are, highly respected. The philosophy of family was pagan: you must prove yourself to be useful, brave, etc., before I can love you. The education model was that the children are educated by the state (i.e.-sent away from the home to be educated). As all lies do, there is a twisted good in the Greek philosophy of education. Thinking and reading is greatly encouraged. These are great things because thinkers cannot be slaves. Why? Because by thinking, they challenge the status quo, always bringing the status quo in conformity with a standard. But the Greeks did this to learn so they could glorify their own minds, instead of learning in order to glorify God. In other words, knowledge was an end, instead of a means to an end.

The Hebrew philosophy toward family is a reflection of God’s love for us- “no matter what you do, you are my son/daughter and I will always love you”. This was portrayed through the trans-generational vision: the father giving his life for his children so they can live in freedom to serve God. Children, especially in the Old Testament, included the coming generations, those who were yet to be born. This is a great illustration of Christ’s sacrifice for us. Before we were born, before the foundation of the world, while we were still sinners, God gave his only Son to die for us. Although this is an unconditional love, there is a covenant involved. Hebrew education was accomplished by the parents inside the home, as God intended. Here the children were taught everyday life, practical skills, that they would use for the rest of their lives, not some irrelevant philosophy that they would only be able to use in a class room. They read and learned to think so they could defend the faith, not so they could exalt their own minds.

Considering these facts, the very least we can do is honor the Lord, by remembering our heritage, remembering the mighty acts of the Lord in the past, and honoring our Fathers

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2 Comments:

Blogger Ana Smith said...

Satan is not creative. He has repeated the same old lies over and over throughout history. The manifestations may appear to be different, but the root lie is nothing new.

This is why I am fascinated by studying civilizations and their philosophies: God-fearing and pagan. America has become Greek through and through. She has forsaken her Hebrew roots, and the results have been very similar to Greece and Rome.

History accomplishes several purposes, but one of my favorite's is it's unveiling of the danger, futility, and blessings that come from "innocent" philosophies. No philosophy can be considered welcome until found parallel to Scripture, and it's historical roots and outcomes searched thoroughly.

Stephen, thanks for keeping our heritage alive and known. :-)

July 29, 2008 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Great insights!

All lies have an element of truth. That's why definitions are so important. Someone once said, "He who defines wins". (Van Til, I think)We should be using God's definitions of "truth" and "history", since we are trying to glorify Him.

Thanks for the comments!

July 29, 2008 at 7:13 PM  

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