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[Heb. 11:8, 11-16; Mark 9:33-41] The Saviour sets forth a child as a model of faith and life. Simplicity of faith gives birth to simplicity of life; from both of these comes a model moral system. Let philoso phizing in here, and it will make disorder within; under the appear ance of better arranging affairs, it will throw one’s entire life into dis order. Philosophizing always cries, “This is not so, that is not so; let me establish everything in a new way; the old is worthless, boring.” But it has never yet, in any place, ar ranged anything good; it only throws things into confusion. The mind should obey what is com manded by the Lord. True, the mind is called “the tsar in the head”; how ever, this tsar is not given legisla tive power —only executive power. As soon as it starts making laws, it constructs it knows not what. Moral, religious, worldly, and political or ders are thrown into confusion, and everything goes upside down. It is a great misfortune for society when the mind in it is given freedom to soar, with no restraint by Divine truth! This is God’s wrath. About it is said, hide thyself a little for a mo ment, until the indignation pass a way (Isaiah 26:20) During this apo gee of mental self-wilfulness it is best to wrap oneself in simplicity of faith. Just as during a storm it is bet ter to sit at home and not step out to fight self-assuredly with it, so dur ing stormy self-mindedness it is bet ter not to step out into battle with it, or to seize the weapon of philoso phizing, or resist it. Simplicity of faith is stronger than philosophiz ing; clothe yourself in it, like in ar mour, and you will withstand.
Saint Theophan the Recluse