五 唉!只要人类肯以争辩问题的力量用在拔除罪恶的树立道德的工作上,世界上就不到于有这许多痛苦亦不至于受这么猛烈的非议,宗教团体也不至于这样腐败。在审判的日子,我们一定不至于为所读的书受审,却要为所行的事受审(太 25 章);不是照我们的说话如何动听,却是照我们的生活如何虔诚。告诉我:那些你往日所熟悉的博学之士,如今安在哉?如今,别人占有他们的地位,却几乎忘了他们。在他们一息尚存的时候,他们似乎是重要人物,但是现在,他们的名字连提都没有人提了。

六 唉!世界的荣耀消逝得多么快啊!(传 2 : 1 )惟愿他们的学习能彼此相应才好。只有这样,他们的研究和读书才能达到善的目的。多少人灭亡是因为追求虚空的学问(多 1 : 10 ),而不注意服侍上帝。因为他们只愿为大,不愿自卑,结果,他幻灭在他们的想象中(罗 1 : 21 )。真正伟大的人是具有伟大的爱的人。真正伟大的人是自视微小,不计荣名的人(太 18 : 4 ; 23 : 11 )。真正智慧的人视世上万物如粪土,为要得着基督(腓 3 : 8 )。真正博学的人实行上帝的旨意,丢弃自己的意思。

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The Doctrine of Truth 3

If men used as much care in uprooting vices and implanting virtues as they do in discussing problems, there would not be so much evil and scandal in the world, or such laxity in religious organizations. On the day of judgment, surely, we shall not be asked what we have read but what we have done (Matthew 25); not how well we have spoken but how well we have lived. Tell me, where now are all the masters and teachers whom you knew so well in life and who were famous for their learning? Others have already taken their places and I know not whether they ever think of their predecessors. During life they seemed to be something; now they are seldom remembered.

How quickly the glory of the world passes away (Ecclesiastes 2:1)! If only their lives had kept pace with their learning, then their study and reading would have been worth while. How many there are who perish because of vain worldly knowledge (Titus 1:10) and too little care for serving God. They became vain in their own conceits because they chose to be great rather than humble (Romans 1:21). He is truly great who has great charity. He is truly great who is little in his own eyes and makes nothing of the highest honor (Matthew 18:4; Matthew 23:11). He is truly wise who looks upon all earthly things as folly that he may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8). He who does God’s will and renounces his own is truly very learned.

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