Worldly Wisdom or Godly “Foolishness”

Posted: February 10, 2014 in Worldiness and Righteousness
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“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’  Where is the wise man?  Where is the scholar?  Where is the philosopher of this age?  God has made the wisdom of the world foolish.  In the wisdom of God the world did not know God through its own wisdom.  So God chose to use the message that sounds foolish to save those who believe.  The Jews ask for miracles, and the Greeks want wisdom.  But we preach a crucified Christ.  This causes the Jews to stumble and is foolishness to non-Jews.  But Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God to those people God has called–Jews and Greeks.  Even the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”  (1 Corinthians 1:17-25)

“Brothers and sisters, look at what you were when God called you.  Not many of you were wise in the way the world judges wisdom.  Not many of you had great influence.  Not many of you came from important families.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and he chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose what the world thinks is unimportant and what the world looks down on and thinks is nothing in order to destroy what the world thinks is important.  God did this so that no one can brag in his presence.” (1 Corinthians 1: 26-29)

“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom to those who are mature.  But this wisdom is not from this world or from the rulers of this world, who are losing their power.  We speak of God’s secret wisdom, which he has kept hidden.  Before the world began, God planned this wisdom for our glory.  None of the rulers of this world understood it.  If they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written in the Scriptures: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.’  But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit.  For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.  No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.  And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.  When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom.  Instead we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.  But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit.  It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.  Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others.  For, ‘Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?  Who knows enough to teach him?’  But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2: 6-16)

Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy.  Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!  They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.” (Matthew 7:6)

As Christ was mocked, so Christians are mocked.  The world calls us naïve, unintelligent, blind believers of fairy tales.  The world demands that Christians engage in worldly debates where scientific arguments are the “end all” measure for our faith and belief in Christ and His story.

Science, which is a tool for measuring and evaluating the physical realm, is the tool that the world demands us to use to defend our belief in the Spirit of God and the spiritual realm.  Faith is the proper tool for measuring and evaluating the Spiritual Realm, not science, and yet, we allow ourselves to be cornered in an impossible argument.  We mean well and have the best intentions, but God’s wisdom is foolishness to the world.  And the world’s wisdom is foolishness to God.

Jesus warned us about this and told us not to fall into the trap.

God, in His perfect wisdom, has hidden Himself from the world.  There is no worldly-wise argument we can put forth that will open the world’s eyes to God.  We are foolish to the world and that is exactly how God wants it. He has provided a way for people to know Him and gain true wisdom.  That way is Jesus Christ.  Period.  If Christians are called foolish and are mocked because we believe this, then what an honor it is to be counted worthy to suffer for Christ.

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