一 亲受真理教训的人有福了（诗 94 ： 12 ）。不是藉着能朽坏的文字和言语，却是出于真理本身。我们自己的意见和感觉常常欺骗我们，它们所能认识的,仅微乎其微。强解和争辩关于我们所不知道的事物有何益处呢？（传 3 ： 9-11 ）我们若不知道这些事物，在审判的日子还可少受些责备呢。愚妄莫大于疏忽了有益而必要的事，而注意那些怪异而有害的事。我们真是所谓“有眼却看不见”了（诗 115 ：5）。
The Doctrine of Truth 1
HAPPY is he to whom truth manifests itself (Psalms 94:12), not in signs and words that fade, but as it actually is. Our opinions, our senses often deceive us and we discern very little. What good is much discussion of involved and obscure matters when our ignorance of them will not be held against us on Judgment Day (Ecclesiastes 3:9-11) ? Neglect of things which are profitable and necessary and undue concern with those which are irrelevant and harmful, are great folly. We have eyes and do not see (Psalms 115:5).
What, therefore, have we to do with questions of philosophy? He to whom the Eternal Word speaks is free from theorizing. For from this Word are all things and of Him all things speak—the Beginning Who also speaks to us. Without this Word no man understands or judges aright. He to whom it becomes everything, who traces all things to it and who sees all things in it, may ease his heart and remain at peace with God.
O God, You Who are the truth, make me one with You in love everlasting. I am often wearied by the many things I hear and read, but in You is all that I long for. Let the learned be still, let all creatures be silent before You; You alone speak to me.
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