Not many wise . . .

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For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. (I Corinthians 1:26-29)

Back in May, Bloomsbury Auctions sold a letter by Albert Einstein in which Einstein made the comments that he did not believe in God, and such belief was a “childish superstition.” Moreover, Einstein went on to say:

“And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people.”

And:

“As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything ‘chosen’ about them.”1

Thus Einstein discounted everything that came out of Jewish history in the way knowing about the LORD God and of religious belief.

Why am I not surprised? Plainly, Einstein’s lack of understanding about the LORD and the things that belong to God, is not new. In fact, ever since Cain decided to offer up a sacrifice that he knew was not desired, men have been openly rejecting their Creator, the LORD God. That is precisely why the denial of God is addressed in several places in the Old Testament:

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Psalm 14:1-3) (Psalm 53:1-3)

In fact, man’s continual denial of the LORD God brought forth this challenge from the LORD through the prophet Isaiah:

Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. Shew the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are gods: yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together. Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you. (Isaiah 41:21-24)

So it is that Einstein was not, and is not the first to deny God, just like he is not the first to misunderstand what the LORD meant in Scripture when He stated that the Jews were His chosen people. Plainly, Einstein missed the statement the LORD made through Moses to the children of Israel concerning how “special” they were:

Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee. Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Understand therefore, that the LORD thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people. (Deuteronomy 9:4-6)

Indeed, the only reason the LORD God favored the Jews was because of Abraham, and the promises the LORD made to Abraham, not because the Jews were somehow morally superior to everyone else.

But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. (Isaiah 41:8-9)

No, Einstein wasn’t completely wrong about the Jews, just totally lacking in understanding as to what being God’s “chosen people” meant. The Jews were chosen simply because they came through the lineage the LORD promised to Abraham, who was the friend of God.

So it is that not many wise are chosen. Indeed, most of the “wise” in this world do exactly what Einstein did — reject the knowledge of God. And thus, it seems that man always needs a reminder of who he is, and who the LORD God is. Einstein is no exception to this, and unfortunately for Albert, right now he has a first hand view of his error.


  1. Belief in God ‘childish,’ Jews not chosen people: Einstein letter
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