Proverbs 14; 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
At first when I read this it can present somewhat of a conundrum, on the one side of it, I think aren’t we supposed to try to do what’s right? The reverse side is a bit deeper and is instigated by the one word “seems”. I generally do what seems right, but isn’t necessarily right. Let me explain, or at least try to.
What seems right to me is subjective, it is based on what I believe or think I know. For those of us who adhere to the belief that the bible is infallible, we take what it says to be truth. Faith enters in here because opponents of our belief will say our belief is subject to error based on how we interpret the bible, saying that 2 men can read the same words and extrapolate different meanings. This in and of itself, I think kind of proves what this proverb is saying. Human wisdom and reasoning sounds right to us. we apply logic and deductive reasoning to arguments and come up with answers to arguments that sound completely logical. This then sets up the precedent for this proverb.
An example I can give regarding things that go against logic. I was preparing to move to Romania and in the process I sold my pick-up truck that I had just paid off. The truck was valued at $30,000.00 I sold it for $20,000.00. To those around me who knew of this transaction, was an unbelief that I would be so foolish. Using logic and reasoning it simply made no sense, I was a businessman and no stranger to working within the parameters of money and value, yet to those around me who knew me, was a sense that I had lost my head, not only for the sale of my truck, but other events as well.
My actions were motivated not from logic but from faith, human wisdom would have me making different choices that seemed right but in the end would not have accomplished what faith had called me to do. Of course to the world around us actions like this seem foolish and always will because we are looking at things from 2 very different perspectives.
There is a danger in knowledge and intellect that can drive a wedge between the practical and the spiritual. Knowledge can actually create a deception in our minds which leads us further from, instead of closer to, the truth. Of course if one is already entrenched in the ideology that we can fix and or solve all the worlds problems by increasing our wisdom then the chances are probably pretty good that this type of reasoning sounds illogical, and the one spouting it, a fool?
If I am a fool then let it be so, one day one side or the other will be proved right.