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Confucius gets it right

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in discipleship | 3 comments

Sometimes the church can learn from secular and pagan philosophers. My son found this quote:

“Tell me and I will forget; Show me and I will remember; Involve me and I will understand” – Confucius

Do you think the church can learn from this? What can we learn? How do we implement it?


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  1. 5-4-2010

    I think Confucius’ sentiment is found in the Bible, namely in the Scripture which says ‘be doers of the Word and not hearers only’. And, to some extent in 1 Corin 14: 26 and verse 31 “How is then brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation … for you may all prophesy, that all may learn …” Paul expected everyone in the congregation to contribute during meetings, which no doubt as well as helping others to learn about the Lord, would also be a learning experience for the contributer. From the evidence of Scripture, Christian gatherings were never meant to be one-man-bands. In my experience, in the fellowships I’ve been involved in, when the meetings are ‘controlled’ by one person, or a select few, it’s as though the congregation are unable to think for themselves. It seems to be an unwritten rule that the pastors do everything, while everyone else just sits and passively observes the proceedings. However, if people are required to contribute and ‘do’, they would learn so much more as they have to start thinking for themselves. :-)

  2. 5-5-2010

    I like this… alot.

  3. 7-30-2010

    Pagan or Secular, God was working where ever people were. He never forsook them, look how he used the king of babylon. Look how HE waited 400 years as He waited for those in Canaan to change their ways.

    Perhaps confucius was just another speaking the basic truths of YHVH as HE gave noah.