What is philosophy? It is a body of principles concerning the science which comprises logic, ethics, and the theory of knowledge. All philosophies of life will fit into these three categories:
1) “What’s Thine is Mine”—The thieves had this philosophy! Well, the devil had it first (Isaiah 14:12). Adam and Eve also had it (Genesis 3:6)—here we can see the manifestation of the three lures of the world according to 1 John 2:15, 16—the lust of the eyes, flesh, and the pride of life. Cain’s works had shown this philosophy, too (Genesis 4). Achan had the same—and though he didn’t kill anyone unlike Cain, 37 people died because of it, including his family (Joshua 7). Absalom’s failed usurpation of his father David’s kingdom also showed this philosophy (2 Samuel 15). What about today? This wrong philosophy is also shown by Communism. The result of this philosophy? You can think it yourself! Remember that only God is the Owner of all things—“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1).
2) “What’s Mine is Mine”—Sadly, the priest and the Levite of Luke 10:31, 32 had this philosophy. It’s just “my time—material—my life.” Nebuchadnezzar’s philosophy also demonstrated this (Daniel 4:31)—the philosophy of pride. Ananias and Sapphira suffered death because of this philosophy (Acts 5). The rich young ruler wasn’t saved because of this same thing (Matthew 19:22). The rich fool of one of Jesus’ parables also possessed this philosophy. What is the result of this philosophy? You will soon learn as Solomon has concluded: “All is vanity.” Also you need to understand what Paul has said in Romans 14:7, 8: “No man liveth to himself nor dieth to himself.” We must also remember that this philosophy is a SELFISH philosophy.
3) “What’s Mine is Thine”—The Good Samaritan showed this. He cared for a wounded Jew and even promised to pay for the man’s inn charges! Well, God showed this philosophy anyway! His creation, His glory, His salvation, His Heaven—He freely permitted us to make it as ours. Christ teaches it (John 10:18) and so was Paul (Galatians 6:14; Philippians 1:21). The result—LIFE—“he that loses his life shall find it” (Luke 9:24).
Which philosophy is your philosophy of life?
*This message is based on M.O. Garner’s sermon, Grace Baptist Church, Amarillo, Texas.