The Pride Is Right by James Merritt

"THE PRIDE IS RIGHT"
DR. JAMES MERRITT
JEREMIAH 9:23-24
8-27-00

INTRODUCTION

1. THE NAME, ALBERT EINSTEIN, IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN
NAMES IN ALL THE WORLD. TIME MAGAZINE CHOSE HIM AS "PERSON OF
THE CENTURY." HIS INFLUENCE IS SEEN IN EVERY LIFE AROUND THE
WORLD. THE ATOMIC BOMB, THE BIG BANG, ELECTRONICS, QUANTUM
PHYSICS ALL BEAR HIS INFLUENCE. HE WILL PROBABLY BE CONSIDERED
FOR ALL TIME THE STANDARD BY WHICH ALL SCIENTISTS MEASURE
THEMSELVES.

2. BUT AS TALL AS HE WAS IN SCIENTIFIC THEORY, HE WAS EQUALLY AS
SMALL IN SPIRITUAL THEOLOGY. BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH EINSTEIN
BELIEVED IN A BEING WHO HAD "SUPERIOR REASONING POWER" HE ONCE
SAID, "CERTAINLY THERE IS A GOD. ANY MAN WHO DOESN'T BELIEVE IN
A COSMIC FORCE IS A FOOL. BUT WE COULD NEVER KNOW HIM."1

3. EINSTEIN BELIEVED IN A "COSMIC FORCE" THAT WAS INTELLIGENT
AND POWERFUL. BUT HE DENIED THAT HE WAS A PERSONAL GOD THAT
COULD BE KNOWN.

4. NOW CONTRAST THAT TO WHAT THE PROPHET JEREMIAH WAS TOLD BY
GOD HIMSELF.
"THUS SAYS THE LORD: 'LET NOT THE WISE MAN GLORY IN HIS WISDOM,
LET NOT THE MIGHTY MAN GLORY IN HIS MIGHT, NOR LET THE RICH MAN
GLORY IN HIS RICHES;
BUT LET HIM WHO GLORIES GLORY IN THIS, THAT HE UNDERSTANDS AND
KNOWS ME, THAT I AM THE LORD, EXERCISING LOVING-KINDNESS,
JUDGMENT, AND RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE EARTH, FOR IN THESE I
DELIGHT,' SAYS THE LORD." (JERE. 9:23-24)
THIS VERSE IS NOT ONLY AN ANTIDOTE TO THE WRONG KIND OF PRIDE;
THE PRIDE THAT EITHER DENIES GOD OR DENIES THAT GOD IS A PERSONAL
GOD, OR DENIES THAT GOD IS A PERSONAL GOD THAT WE CAN KNOW. IT
IS A PRESCRIPTION FOR THE RIGHT KIND OF PRIDE. THERE IS A PRIDE
THAT IS RIGHT, AND IT IS THE PRIDE OF KNOWING GOD.

5. CHUCK SWINDOLL ONCE GAVE SEVERAL REASONS WHY THE MOST
IMPORTANT THING ABOUT ANY HUMAN BEING IS WHAT THAT HUMAN BEING
THINKS ABOUT GOD. HERE ARE THE REASONS HE LISTED:

- IT SHAPES OUR MORAL AND ETHICAL STANDARDS.

- IT DIRECTLY AFFECTS OUR RESPONSE ...


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