Solomon says if there is a design, there is a designer. That is called that the “Argument from Design. And he points out ironies in worshipping idols.
The Book of Wisdom is recognized as Deuterocanonical Scripture by the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Catholic Churches
SUMMARY: When we see a beautiful watch, we conclude that someone designed it. When we behold this beautiful world, most people conclude that there must be an all-powerful God who designed it. If there is a design, there is a designer. Philosophers call that the “Argument from Design.”
The most famous example of the “Argument from Design” is “The Watchmaker analogy.”
VERSE 1. For truly all men who had no perception of God were vain by nature, and didn’t gain power to know him who exists from the good things that are seen. They didn’t recognize the architect from his works.
Wisdom 13:1. For truly all men who had no perception of God were vain by nature, and didn’t gain power to know him who exists from the good things that are seen. They didn’t recognize the architect from his works.
Sirach 43:1. The pride of the height is the firmament in its clearness, The appearance of heaven, in the spectacle of its glory.
Romans 1:20. For the invisible things of him since the creation of the world are clearly seen, being perceived through the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity, that they may be without excuse.
they thought … luminaries of heaven were gods. That is, they worshipped with stars.
delight in their beauty. The physical realities of nature are indeed beautiful.
how much better their Sovereign Lord. The Lord is even more amazing than anything in nature.
he who formed them. The physical realities of nature are merely created things. Their Creator is far superior to them.
VERSE 5. For from the greatness of the beauty of created things, mankind forms the corresponding image of their Maker.
VERSE 6. But yet for these men there is but small blame, for they too perhaps go astray while they are seeking God and desiring to find him.
they trust their sight. Too many people are closed to anything except what they can rationalize within their own mind.
VERSE 8. But again even they are not to be excused.
VERSE 9. For if they had power to know so much, that they should be able to explore the world, how is it that they didn’t find the Sovereign Lord sooner?
VERSE 10. But miserable were they, and in dead things were their hopes, Who called them gods which are works of men’s hands, gold and silver, skillfully made, and likenesses of animals, or a useless stone, the work of an ancient hand.
VERSE 11. Yes and if some woodcutter, having sawn down a tree that is easily moved, skillfully strips away all its bark, and fashioning it in attractive form, makes a useful vessel to serve his life’s needs.
VERSE 12. Burning the scraps from his handiwork to cook his food, he eats his fill.
VERSE 13. Taking a discarded scrap which served no purpose, a crooked piece of wood and full of knots, carves it with the diligence of his idleness, and shapes it by the skill of his idleness. He shapes it in the image of a man,
VERSE 14. or makes it like some paltry animal, smearing it with something red, painting it red, and smearing over every stain in it.
VERSE 15. Having made a worthy chamber for it, he sets it in a wall, securing it with iron.
Verses 16 to 19 point out ironies in praying to an idol:
|VERSE||WHAT PEOPLE WANT||THE IDOL TO WHOM THEY PRAY|
|Verse 17||goods||no life|
|Verse 17||marriage||no life|
|Verse 17||children||no life|
|Verse 18||aid||no experience|
|Verse 18||good journey||can’t move|
|Verse 19||profit||no ability|
|Verse 19||success||no ability|
Ironies in this verse:
- goods … has no life
- marriage … has no life
- children … has no life
VERSE 18. Yes, for health, he calls upon that which is weak. For life, he implores that which is dead. For aid, he supplicates that which has no experience. For a good journey, he asks that which can’t so much as move a step.
Ironies in this verse:
- health … weak
- life … death
- aid … no experience
- good journey … can’t move
Irony in this verse:
- profit … no ability
- success … no ability
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