The Wisdom of This World

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The Wisdom of This World

The Wisdom of This World

“We must welcome diversity”, urged the tutor running a training course.The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God

“Some people are black and some are white; some people are allergic to nuts while others love them; some people like cheese and others don’t; some people prefer one style of life and others another. Each is equally valid.

Just because someone is different from you doesn’t make them better or worse.”

Limited Diversity

Nowadays messages like this are common. While the argument is appealing, that does not make it correct. Independent of any Biblical evidence, the argument of the trainer has limitations. I might thoroughly enjoy beating up old ladies, but most people would argue that I do not have a right to do this just because it gives me pleasure.

So how do we decide where to draw the line? For example, is it sufficient to say (as some do) that an action is acceptable as long as it doesn’t harm another person, or if it does more good than harm?

If we tried to answer such questions by thought and philosophy then we could, and probably would, all come to different conclusions. Society changes its position: activities deemed illegal a few decades ago are positively encouraged nowadays. So how do we really know right from wrong?

Bible Teaching

The wisdom of this World?The Bible has the answer. God made us differently, whether that’s the colour of our skin or our different allergies. Yet none of that matters in relation to our salvation; as the apostle Paul explained. With God:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

However, the Bible teaches very clearly that in matters of behaviour we are responsible for our choices and that some choices are simply wrong because they are against what God asks of us.

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19–21).

We are also told that we are very limited in terms of the knowledge we can deduce for ourselves. This does not mean medical knowledge or advances in technology, but morality.

We cannot even learn this from experience, because God asks us to do what pleases Him, not what pleases us.

“He who trusts in his own heart is a fool...” (Proverbs 28:26).

“...the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14-15).

The Bible says that God’s moral standards are alien to us:

‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’ (Isaiah 55:8–9).

Because this is so we need things to be revealed by God, not deduced by us. The wisdom of this world is “foolishness with God” (1 Corinthians 3:19). After all, human reasoning perpetrated the worst crime in history – the murder of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Today’s World

The God of the Bible defines right and wrong. Tragically, nowadays these Biblical standards have become repulsive to some people. Some people even argue, quite falsely, that the love of God is unconditional and so, irrespective of how people live, God will be pleased with them. Others claim that encouraging certain behaviours is showing the love of Jesus to the people who practise them.

If the Bible is right, as we believe, then the world is in a very serious state. In the days of Noah morals had lapsed so that:

“the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

The consequence was that “the flood came and took them all away” (Matthew 24:39). Jesus says that at the time of his return to earth it will be like the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37).

Once it is established, the kingdom of God on earth will be a wonderful place, but not everyone will be there to experience it. The judgements of God are yet again to be poured out on the world:

“…when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

If we choose to ignore the Bible we are effectively saying that we know more than the God who is revealed in its pages. If we claim to believe the Bible then it is a matter of life and death to study it and to try to obey it, even when this goes against the wisdom of today.

By Anna Hart

Glad Tidings Magazine of the Kingdom of God