Historian of the West David Lavender wrote that “Where nothing is known anything can be believed….” Westward Vision, p. 18. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” Both references lead to the point of this blog.
When ancient geographers desired a way through the American continent to Cathay, they speculated, among other things, rivers that flowed east from the west to rivers that flowed west from the mountains after a short portage. They got it half right. Some didn’t want to bother with the inconvenience of a portage. They speculated a great lake somewhere in the West from which streams flowed both eastward to the Mississippi and westward to the Ocean. Ibid., p. 13
Lewis and Clark were the first white men to explode those theories. Now we KNOW that a Northwest Passage does exist above Canada. We KNOW we can go to the Pacific Ocean any number of ways from the Mississippi, but we’ll never find the Indies when reaching the West Coast.
We would call a fool anyone today who speaks geographically of rivers running close enough to each other in the West that only a short portage is necessary to travel cross-country; or, even more fancifully, that a single great lake exists somewhere in the West that originates rivers east and west.
Yet, people do exactly that spiritually. What is the way to God? people ask. And, as if God hasn’t revealed that way through Jesus Christ, they imagine a way that appeals to them—the easier the better, the fewer demands made better still. What are such people who defy God’s revelation of life through Jesus Christ just because they want to “imagine” an easier way?
Where little is known, it must be obeyed. Where much is, remember: only what’s revealed RULES. Human Imagination means nothing.
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