Opposing Views


GO PLACIDLY amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
By Max Ehrmann © 1927
Original text found at https://www.desiderata.com/desiderata.html
Desiderata was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann, a poet and lawyer from Terre Haute, Indiana. In that time period, it was avaunt guard to look to the virtues found in man and the world instead of the universal truths found in the Bible (I highlighted the parts that go off track). Forgetting that there is only one way to God and His name is Jesus Christ, “learned men” were starting to espouse doctrines of men which the Bible warns about, with many nods to other religions and “tolerance”. About this time, my mother remembers her grandmother had a Buddha statue on her dressing table and a Methodist prayer book by her bed. Indian and oriental things were the rage.
Matthew 15:8 ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’  
pianistI remember singing You are a child of the universe… as someone recited this poem when our chorus sang for our high school’s National Honor Society induction in the late 1970’s (our chorus director who chose this song was also choir director at our Presbyterian church). This poem/song has about as much in common with the Bible as the Koran does; a little Bible truth mixed with a lot  of universalism.
At this time, Keith Green was on the scene calling people back to the Bible and a deep relationship with the true God of the universe, along with Rich Mullins and his Ragamuffin band. His song Creed (from The Apostle’s Creed) brings into focus what’s wrong with Desiderata:
the greek statues
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I believe in God the Father almighty
Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth

And in Jesus Christ
His only begotten Son, our Lord

He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
Born of the virgin Mary
Suffered under Pontius Pilate
He was crucified and dead and buried
And I believe (that) what I believe
Is what makes me what I am
I did not make it, no it is making me
It is the very truth of God and not
The invention of any man

I believe that He who suffered
Was Crucified, buried and dead
He descended into hell and
On the third day he rose again
He ascended into Heaven where
He sits at God’s mighty right hand
I believe that He’s returning to
Judge the quick and the dead
Of the sons of men
Repeat chorus
I believe in God the Father almighty
Maker of Heaven and Maker of Earth
And in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, our Lord
I believe in the Holy Spirit
One Holy Church, the communion of Saints,
The forgiveness of sins
I believe in the resurrection
I believe in a life that never ends
Be cautious of anyone who tells you to “find the god inside of you” or get in touch with the life force” in your core. TM (Transcendental Meditation) or yoga or guided meditation tells you to clear your mind and use a word like ‘om’ to meditate on or to listen to your breathing or visualize…meditation in the Bible is not emptying your mind, but filling your mind with the Word of God/things of God. The Hebrew word actually includes muttering or speaking out loud.
life after death
1 Chronicles 16:9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them! (AMP)
Psalm 1:2 His delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. (AMP)
Psalm 145:5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.
Philippians 4:8 [ Meditate on These Things ] Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.


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