Monday, August 27, 2012

Human Wisdom vs. God's Wisdom

“For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him,
God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”

-1 Corinthians 1:21

                Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ recently spoke out against people who deny evolution. He said that denying it harms young people and that, with a large amount of Americans not believing in evolution, scientific progress is being hindered. He compared not believing in evolution to studying geology without believing in tectonic plates. This comparison is not a good one. Science can exist without the idea of evolution because the main focus of science is to study how things happen. According to Nye, our world is a boring mystery if we believe in creation. He says that with the belief of creation our world is complicated and our views are crazy, untenable, and inconsistent. He urges parents not to teach kids that evolution is false and that the belief of creation will soon cease to exist because there is no evidence. This last statement is far from conceivable. For the Bible says that God will not let that happen.

“By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every
tongue shall swear allegiance.”

-Isaiah 45:23

                People like Bill Nye have not yet experienced the grace of God. If they did, they would not rely on mere human knowledge but learn to obtain knowledge from the Spirit. In this, it is not just knowledge but rather it is wisdom. Wisdom comes from maturity and experiences. We should not condemn people like Bill Nye, but rather pray for them that they would come to understand God and receive Christ as their savior.

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us 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? Has not
God made foolish the wisdom of the world?”

-1 Corinthians 1:18-20

                Human wisdom is meaningless. In Ecclesiastes, the Teacher states that he studied and explored everything done under heaven, but it was a heavy burden. Ecclesiastes 1:18 then goes to say, “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” With faith comes joy, and if man had the full extent of God’s knowledge, we would not be happy.

                Some people use the fact that God does not give us infinite wisdom to support their beliefs that aliens exist (which can be proven false just by looking at the creation story) or other questionable ideas such as evolution. However, the Bible declares that all information that God deems important for us to know, will be revealed to us. If we read the Scripture, we will gain a portion of God’s knowledge. Sure, there are things that we will not know, because God knows it is unimportant that we know them. They are things that we should have complete faith in, things like God exists. How does God exist if there was none before Him? That is unimportant. That is when we need to have unwavering faith.

“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom
of this ago or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.
No, we speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that
God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age
understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified
the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no
ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’
but God has revealed it to us by his spirit.”

-1 Corinthians 2:6-10

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