The Sage dictionary and thesaurus defines wisdom as such: “The trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight.” For a thinking man such as myself, this seems like a reasonable way to come to conclusions as to what to believe and accept as truths. But as I will demonstrate shortly the bible condemns wisdom and even differentiates between what it calls the wisdom of the world and the wisdom that comes from God.
From a more realistic and mundane perspective it is sensible to analyze any and all decisions about matters of importance. For instance, if you were offered a business deal that required you to invest a sizable amount of money, there are only two ways you can go about it. The first way would be to take the one making the offer at his/her word without asking any questions or doing any research. In other words you are going into this hypothetical business venture on trust (faith). It is because of that trust that you are taking the greater risk and stand to become the victim of a scam and or lose out on a lot of money.
On the other hand, a sensible investor would like to learn everything he/she could know about the business venture so that he can make an informed decision about whether or not he should invest his money and what he stands to gain or lose by doing so. When it comes to the question of life and death and eternity and God I would personally like to know that what I commit to will be worth whatever I sacrifice. When it comes to the question of God I have come to the conclusion that there is absolutely no evidence for his existence. Sin is in my mind an imaginary concept which has no basis in reality. We as a species have no debt to an imaginary being who seems offended by our very existence which the bible claims he created.
There are several traits that are required for one to be a believer; gullibility, submission, absolute obedience. The bible calls the nonbeliever a fool; “The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' Their deeds are corrupt and vile, not one of them does right.” (Psalm 14:1) In fact, the bible equates evil with the denial of God. So now you know where theists get these crazy ideas about us nonbelievers being immoral. In fact, it is immoral not to believe in the imaginary guy in the sky, and if you don’t live by his rules then in the eyes of a theist it is impossible for you to be a good man/woman. Good is defined by your belief in God and not by your deeds.
Here is how a believer defines wisdom; “The first principle of wisdom is the fear of Yahweh, What God's holy ones know -- this is understanding.” (Proverbs 9:10) As you can see fear is the driving component of religious belief. It is the foundation from which one is controlled and duped into accepting and believing in the absurd. In reality, it is the opposite of fear that leads to knowledge. Fear paralyzes and hinders the seeking of knowledge and wisdom. Fear is what drives the old and new superstitions to prosper off of the gullibility of the fearful.
The bible takes it a step further by distinguishing between the knowledge of the “world” and the knowledge that comes from God. “Where are the philosophers? Where are the experts? And where are the debaters of this age? Do you not see how God has shown up human wisdom as folly?” (1Corinthians 1:20) And finally the bible reminds us where human wisdom comes from.
"But if at heart you have the bitterness of jealousy, or selfish ambition, do not be boastful or hide the truth with lies; this is not the wisdom that comes from above, but earthly, human and devilish.” That’s right folks, human wisdom comes from the devil! (James 3:14,15) Note that in this passage all of those things that God condemns in man he is guilty of himself as outlined in the scriptures. God is jealous by his own admission Exodus 20:5, he is ambitiously selfish Genesis 20:3, he is boastful Exodus 20:3, and finally, he has hidden the truth with lies 2 Chronicles 18:21.
Once again the bible has shown exactly what the word of the Lord teaches: the do as I say and not as I do gospel. The relationship of this imaginary God with man is akin to that of a negro slave and his master. God is superior and we are constantly reminded how useless and inferior we are, he is all knowing and wise and we are dumb as dog shit. If wisdom were truly based on a belief in God that comes from fear then I would rather pursue true wisdom that comes from learning and experience.
Note: All bible quotes come from the New Jerusalem Bible
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