Wisdom of This World (RJS)

Jesus Creed | 9/14/2017 | Staff
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Oftentimes when discussing issues of science and faith, or other issues that challenge the conventional thinking of the Christian faith, someone will up and quote or paraphrase Paul from his letters to the Corinthians.

The implication when this is brought into the conversation is, implicitly or explicitly, that we should forsake the wisdom of this world – the questions raised by philosophy, psychology, science, archaeology – and have faith in the wisdom of God and in his Holy Word, the “plain” reading of scripture. To accept an old earth and evolution or to question the historicity of Adam, Noah, Babel, Job, or Jonah is to succumb to the wisdom of the world, forsaking the wisdom of God (it is usually fine to turn the Song of Songs into an allegory though). To question the reality of ****, eternal conscious torment, or the exclusivity of salvation is to succumb to the wisdom of this world.

Cor - Paul - Notes - Christ - Block

In the 1 Cor. 23 Paul notes that Christ crucified is “a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks” (1. Cor. 1:23). I have at times heard people claim that this view of Christ crucified as “foolishness” explains the resistance to so-called “biblical” views of creation be they young earth, old earth progressive creation, or intelligent design.

Does this stumbling block have anything to do with our approach to science?

Specifics - Age - Earth - Evolution - Historicity

Without discussing the specifics of the age of the earth, evolution, the historicity of Adam or the concept of ****, I would like to look at this more closely today and pose a more fundamental question as well.

What is the wisdom of the world?

Way - Link - Study - Greed - Entitlement

By the way – there is a link to an intriguing “scientific” study of greed and entitlement below. One that merely confirms, perhaps, the wisdom of God.

God has made foolish the wisdom of the...
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