cbmc中華民國總會 -- 週一嗎哪:智慧永恆的價值(2018/01/08)
正在加載......
 cbmc中華民國總會 進階搜尋
  CBMC會員親手做工-人人作見證,人人傳福音,人人推薦新會員
首頁 後台管理
 
X
 
會員帳號 :
會員密碼 :
忘記密碼  網路會員帳號申請

週一嗎哪:智慧永恆的價值(2018/01/08)    首頁 > 最新內容

 

 

                           週一嗎哪 

服事全球工商界

2018-1-8

By Rudolfs Danis Smits

智慧永恆的價值

THE ENDURING VALUE OF WISDOM

 

C. S. 路易斯引用亞里斯多德的話說:「教育的目的是讓人知道他喜歡甚麼以及他不喜歡甚麼。」根據這個引述,我們學習的價值是要預備我們將來能生活以及未來從事專門的職業。」不幸的是,現在這句話不再為真了。

 

1636成立的哈佛大學(原名新大學)是美國最早成立的企業,原來的目的是要訓練神職人員。1638年它改校名,以約翰˙哈佛牧師命名成為哈佛大學。哈佛大學的外牆上雕刻有三本象徵的書(兩本面朝上,一本面朝下),書上刻有VERITAS,拉丁文是真理的意思。約翰˙阿摩斯阿米紐斯被認為是現代教育之父,他從聖經經文、自然、科學和研究方法中發展出一套有系統的教育方法,目的是要追求真理。而朝下的那一本書,代表著人類研究方法的極限。

 

但是,現在哈佛大學已經放棄了這個傳統,變成了一個世俗的地方,不再和那些理想連結了。第三本書被重新設計面朝上,上面原本刻著的「為了基督和教會。」已經被塗去了。其他哈佛外牆的雕刻仍然存在著,考驗著這個學校、考驗著它原本追求的智慧以及在神裡面的真理。敬畏耶和華是知識的開端;愚妄人藐視智慧和訓誨。(箴言 1:7).

 

箴言一章七節告訴我們,所有的智慧和訓誨、了解和洞見、受教的心、行事聰明和正直、公平和公正都必須從敬畏神開始。聖經也告訴我們,所有的學習、知識以及智慧的獲得,都是從神的話(經文)而來、自然的知識(對神的創造物的科學研究)以及推理(邏輯的工具)也是。

 

價值觀是定義我們是誰、文化和社會的基礎。商業也是受到大眾接受的標準和價值所規範。如果這些原則被忽略了,會造成毀滅。如同C. S. 路易斯所說的:「有具體價值的宗教信仰,對於非暴政或非奴隸統治是必要的。」

 

有智慧的人重視聖經的真理  一個成功的企業或是組織為了使它的員工能遵守規範以及客戶的利益,必須要維持它的願景使命和價值系統。如果我們用聖經的原則來維護我們的夥伴、員工、同事和客戶的權力、關係和身心靈健康,我們的工作和專業的執行就會被重視以及保持關聯性。

 

有智慧的人重視自然的真理  成功的企業遵守一般的法律和商業行為,包括重視交易的正義、公平的價格以及在關係和專業的商業行為當中的品格和正直。

 

有智慧的人服從神  在聖經當中有一個很有名的所羅門王,他擁有財富和權勢,然而他卻選擇了智慧。之後,索羅門王背離了真理,因為他不再愛智慧勝過財富。他因為追求財富、馬匹和女人而在真理上妥協,以至於到最後把他成為一個有智慧的王和領導者的原則都丟掉了。他失去了對神和神國的敬畏。聖經的列王記上11:10-12所羅門王的故事值得我們借鏡。

 

©2018版權所有 魯道夫.丹尼斯.史密特 前企業主,目前是席爾國際企業的設計師和科技部經理。席爾國際為規劃和建築風險管理顧問公司。他也是CBMC拉脫維亞的創始會員以及理事會成員、波羅地海改革宗神學院創始成員以及前歐洲CBMC理事會成員。

 

 

反省與問題討論

 

第一、對你來說,聖經中的箴言為什麼把智慧等同敬畏神?在這裡敬畏是甚麼意思,為什麼敬畏神是得到智慧、知識和明白的先決條件。

 

 

第二、你是否在工作上,因為害怕客戶或是別人對你怎麼想,而在真理上妥協過,或者幾乎快妥協了?如果有,結果如何?

 

第三、我們外在的行為反應出我們內在所相信的。如果我們不去執行和保護真理,我們的生命就沒有意義。你個人的行為和工作生活的基本價值觀是甚麼?你會採取甚麼行動去保護這些價值觀?

 

第四、C.S.路易斯說:「不去批判美德,能幫一個人成為一個有美德的人。如果沒有受過情緒的訓練,智力對我們是無用的。我最近和一個對倫理充滿懷疑的人能好好地打牌,是因為我的教養告訴我要去相信一個紳士是不會騙人的,而不是去反對一個無可指責的被教養要思考倫理的哲學家。」所以。路易斯的這句話,告訴我們「知道」和真實把它「活出來」中間有甚麼差距?

 

 

備註: 如果你手上有聖經,希望閱讀更多和這個主題相關的經文,請參考:

箴言99節、1611節; 傳道書1213節、彌加書68節;路加福音1142節;羅馬書1133節;雅各書31317

 

CBMC國際基督徒工商人員協會

臺灣臺北市104松江路227

TEL886-2-2581-4937    FAX886-2-2542-4169

http://www.cbmc.org.tw

E-mailcbmctaiwan@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 MONDAY MANNA

January 8, 2018

 

THE ENDURING VALUE OF WISDOM

 

By Rudolfs Dainis Smits

 

“Aristotle says that the aim of education is to make the pupil like and dislike what he ought.” – C.S. Lewis. According to this quote, values we need are taught to prepare us for life, business and professional careers. Sadly, in many instances this is no longer true.

 

Harvard University (originally New College), founded in 1636, is America’s oldest corporation. It was renamed in 1638 after the Rev. John Harvard, who started the college for training clergy. Facades of Harvard’s historic buildings contain a chiseled stone shield including three symbolic books (two arranged facing up and one facing down) with the inscription, “VERITAS,” which means “truth.” John Amos Comenius, considered the father of modern education, developed an education methodology there that systemized the pursuit of truth as revealed through the Scriptures, nature (science), and reason. The third book in this shield is respectfully turned face down representing the limits of man’s reason. (This is described in The Harvard Wall by Gary Brumbelow.)

 

Harvard University has since abandoned this tradition and become a secular institution that no longer adheres to these ideas. The shield has been redesigned; that third book now faces upward, and the inscription, “for Christ and the church” has been removed. Harvard’s historic building facades, however, remain unchanged, testifying to this lost heritage – the value of wisdom and the pursuit of truth in God: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7).

 

Proverbs 1:1-7 declares that to know wisdom and instruction, to understand and gain insight, and to receive instruction in wise dealings and righteousness, justice and equity must begin with the fear of God. Scripture teaches that the pursuit of all learning, knowledge and gained wisdom is revealed through the knowledge of God (Scripture); nature (study of science and God’s creation), and through Reason (the instrument of logic).

 

Values are essential for defining who we are and foundational to culture and society. Business and commerce are controlled by accepted standards and values. If these principles are ignored, they will lead to our demise. As C.S. Lewis stated, “A dogmatic belief in objective values is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery.”

 

Wisdom that values truth found in Scripture. A successful business or organization must maintain vision, mission and a value system for its employees to follow and to benefit its clients and customers. Our work and professional practice will be valued and remain relevant if we operate within the framework of biblical principles that protect the rights, relationships and well-being of our partners, employees, colleagues and customers.

Wisdom that values truth in science (nature). Successful businesses uphold common law and best practices that include justice of exchange, fair prices, and value character and integrity in relationships and professional dealings. “A just balance and scales are the Lord's; all the weights in the bag are his work” (Proverbs 16:11).

 

Wisdom that values reason that yields to God. The Bible tells the famous story of King Solomon who, when offered riches and power, chose wisdom instead. Later in life Solomon diverged from the path of truth. He ceased to cherish wisdom over wealth. He compromised truth, wisdom and knowledge in his pursuit of riches, horses and women, and eventually violated the very principles that made him a wise king and leader. He lost the fear of God and the kingdom with it. The lessons shown in 1 Kings 11:10-12 are important ones we should heed.

 

© 2018. Rudolfs Dainis Smits, an architect & business owner. He currently is design & technical manager for Hill International, a pProject and construction risk management company. He is former chairmen and board member of CBMC Latvia; founding member of Reformed Baltic Theological Seminary, Riga, Latvia, and a former Europartners board member.

 

CBMC INTERNATIONAL:  Jim Firnstahl, President

2850 N. Swan Road, Suite 160▪ Tucson, Arizona 85712 ▪ U.S.A.

TEL.: 520-334-1114 ▪ E-MAIL: mmanna@cbmcint.org

Web site: www.cbmcint.org  Please direct any requests or change of address to: jmarple@cbmcint.org

 

 

Reflection/Discussion Questions

 

1.       Why do you think the book of Proverbs in the Bible equates wisdom with the fear of God? What is the meaning of “fear” in this case – and how is this a prerequisite to wisdom, knowledge and understanding?

 

 

 

 

2.       Have you ever compromised – or felt tempted to compromise – your values at work or with a client in fear of what someone might think or say about you? If so, what was the result?

 

 

 

 

3.       Our outward practices reflect internal decisions about what we believe. If we do not practice and protect those values, our lives become a meaningless façade. What is the basis for the value system that guides your personal and professional life? How do your actions contribute to protecting these values?

 

 

 

 

4.       C.S. Lewis said, “No justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous…. I had sooner play cards against a man who was quite skeptical about ethics, but bred to believe that ‘a gentleman does not cheat,’ than against an irreproachable moral philosopher who had been brought up among [card sharks].” What is Lewis saying about merely espousing principles (or values) versus what someone actually lives them out in practice?

 

 

 

 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:

 

Proverbs 9:9, 16:11; Ecclesiastes 12:13, Micah 6:8, Luke 11:42, Romans 11:33, James 3:13,17

 

 

 

 

 

國際基督徒工商人員協會中華民國總會
台北市松江路22號7樓
Tel:(02)2581-4937
Fax:(02)2542-4169
E-Mail:
cbmc@ms26.hinet.netcbmctaiwan@gmail.com