JOB LEARNED FROM THE PAST (cont)
What a contrast to modern American males today. Unlike Job, they act as if they had no past from which to learn.
In fact, they have a subtle contempt for the past. We are even rewriting our history books, as if there were nothing in the past that we could learn from today.
As a people we have made great scientific and technological strides. Buckminster Fuller created the Knowledge Doubling Curve; he noticed that until 1900 human knowledge doubled approximately every century. By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years. Today things are not as simple as different types of knowledge have different rates of growth. For example, nanotechnology knowledge is doubling every two years and clinical knowledge every 18 months. But on average human knowledge is doubling every 13 months.
This has lulled us into erroneous assumption that we must have also made great improvements in human relationships. When the Nazis arose to power in Germany, that nation had a 98 percent literacy rate, the highest literacy rate in the world. Knowledge does not necessarily produce godliness.
Many people believe that people are dramatically different today in our modern world. Therefore, we need not look to the past for instruction on how to raise a family or how to be a man any more than we would go to the past for advice on how to build an automobile.
A lot of Americans believe that newer must be better. Even a brief glance at the headlines will show that in the realm of human relationships we are doing worse than those who went before us.
Today, many men seem to think that the past is outdated, old fashioned, and has no value for today's living.
They say: "This is the 21st century, get real." Men today will never fully recapture their missing manhood until they repent of modern arrogance and humbly look at the history of God’s definition of a real man.
Even the church is exhorted to maintain a link with the past.