Humility and The Truth

Posted: November 20, 2014 in Pastor's Corner
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While contemplating truth, along with the manner it is held, an important consideration is humility. Understanding an unmovable conviction regarding truth can be expressly humble. Today however, humility is defined  in a manner befitting of one descriptor—arrogant. GK Chesterton gives a superb explanation of such humility.

“It is only with one aspect of humility that we are concerned. Humility was largely meant as a restraint upon the arrogance and infinity of the appetite of man… But what we suffer to-day is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful of himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert—himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt—the Divine Reason… But the new sceptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn. Thus we should be wrong if we had said hastily that there is no humility typical of our time. The truth is that there is practically a more poisonous humility than the wildest prostrations of the ascetic…

We are on the road to producing a race of men too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table. we are in danger of seeing philosophers who doubt the law of gravity as being a mere fancy of their own. Scoffers of old time were too proud to be convinced; but these are to humble to be convinced. The meek do inherit the earth; but the modern skeptics are too meek even to claim their inheritance.”

Let’s not confuse the confounded-humility of today. The humility of man today has an insipid lack of genuine meekness and modesty. Man’s intellectual ability to doubt everything is elevated to the level of divine reason. Humility, right ordered, where one thinks less of themselves than they ought, will produce a healthy doubt in their own abilities; all while producing a healthy conviction of the things of God. Humility regarding the truth is not a doubting of the truth, and trusting in ones own ability to determine such truths, rather it is rightly grasping who we are while trusting in God. We can walk in genuine humility holding firmly to truth and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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