The Sad End of Crooked Paths

"The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosever goeth therein shall not know peace" (Isa. 59:8).

T.H. Huxley was England's premier biologist and educator of the nineteenth century. His ardent support of evolution won him the title, "Darwin's Bulldog." He was elected to the London School Board in 1870, which gave him a platform to advance his ideas of a well-rounded education. His proposals were academically sound, but morally and spiritually confused.

Huxley actually supported the reading the Bible in Britains's schools, citing its moral teachings and lofty language. And yet he disposed the doctrinal teaching about sin and salvation as being "shortcomings and errors." Thus, Huxley proposed to the Board that they keep the Bible but edit out those pesky teachings. As he put it, "I do not advocate burning your ship to get rid of the cockroaches."

He never did let the Bible's key teachings enter his own heart. When he read the Bible, he refused to believe whatever offended his judgment. He made crooked paths through the Bible, and thus missed finding "the way" (John 14:6).

Huxley once said to a Christian man, "I don't want to argue with you. Just tell me simply what Christ means to you." When the man finished, Huxley said with tears in his eyes, "I would give my right hand if only I could believe that!" He kept wandering and died without peace.

Dear Father, keep me on the Bible's main road which leads to Christ. May the way of peace bring me to a peaceful end. In Jesus' name, Amen.