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Monday, April 20, 2015

Problem with transcendentalism


Come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind!
Psalm 66
Transcendentalism is a religious and philosophical movement that developed during the late 1820s and '30s in the Eastern region of the United States as a protest against the general state of spirituality and, in particular, the state of intellectualism at Harvard University and the doctrine of the Unitarian church as taught at Harvard Divinity School.
Among the transcendentalists' core beliefs was the inherent goodness of both people and nature. They believe that society and its institutions—particularly organized religion and political parties—ultimately corrupt the purity of the individual. They have faith that people are at their best when truly "self-reliant" and independent. It is only from such real individuals that true community could be formed. (Source - Wikipedia as edited by ClueBot NG)
The problem with this ism is this: no one is truly sufficient in of and by himself, just as is written: all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Here is the solution to the problem: the righteous shall live by his faith in the Lord Jesus the Savior who saves sinners from their sins and puts them back to the living relationship with the Living God!
The deficient you can be sufficient not by being self reliant but through faith in Him by being reliant upon Him who in turn blesses you to be truly independent. The psalter who felt insufficient became truly sufficient through being God-sufficient so he praises The Lord saying Come and see what God has done!

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