Educated into imbecility

There was undoubtedly a strong prophetic anointing on the words of Malcolm Muggeridge—he perceived God’s perspective on the movements in society long before they were obvious to the majority. On a recent Ravi Zacharias podacst I heard him quoting these words of Muggeridge,

“So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over–a weary, battered old brontosaurus–and became extinct.”

Malcolm Muggeridge, Vintage Muggeridge: Religion and Society

 

Belief in God is not for the stupid

It is for the simple, but not the stupid.

AW Tozer opens chapter 10 of his book, Delighted in God, by saying this,

The challenge before me is to describe that which cannot be described. When describing God, who is unlimited in every aspect, we are challenged by our human limitations. God makes the greatest demand on our intelligence and imagination and powers of reason, requiring us to pocture a mode of being that we are not familiar with, a mode of being wholly beyond ourselves, a mode of being unlike anything we have ever known.

Most Christians try to dumb down God, to make him more like us. Most sermons or teaching series do much the same. Maybe we are denuding God of his reality, maybe such words at worst might be considered heresy?