Mark Twain and the Bible

On November 30, two years ago, America celebrated the 177th birthday of Mark Twain—a man of great wit and insight.  Here is a sampling of his wisdom.

 “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

 “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

 “Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.”

My favorite Twain-ism is this; “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why?”

Twain is probably right.

King Solomon said, “There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good.  This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.”  Ecclesiastes 2:24, 25.  David would add his Spirit-inspired wisdom in Psalms 139:13.  “For you formed my inward parts; you wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

At the foundation of David’s thinking and the thinking of his son, Solomon, is the work of God—at work in our birth and at work in our life.  I don’t know where Twain stood with Jesus Christ but I do know that unless we have this theocentric view of life nothing will make sense; neither our birth nor our purpose.

Mark Twain and the Bible

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