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    Default What is Wisdom?

    Someone posted something in another thread that I don't want to derail so I'm making this one for everyone.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spurgeon View Post
    Wisdom is knowing what is right and doing it. God does all things according to wisdom, and those who place their hope in him are wise.
    That's sounds like a good start to me, but now we should talk about what is right and how we can know something is right.

    There's a problem with this though. You say wisdom is knowing what is right and doing it. If we place hope in God, who we say both is wise and acts wise, we have faith in God's wisdom; we have faith in the wisdom of something not belonging strictly to ourselves.

    But God's wisdom then eludes us and we do not have God's wisdom, but faith in it being. Then what wisdom do we have? If it is wise to have faith in another's wisdom, then by definition we have to know that it is right to do so. How do we know that it is right to have faith in another's wisdom? How do we know that it is right to have faith in God's wisdom?

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    Wisdom is the knowledge that comes from exercising critical thought.

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    Spiritual wisdom, like general wisdom, is acquired through knowledge and experience.

    Spiritual wisdom is knowing who God is and what his purposes are, and then learning to trust and obey him.

    God has revealed himself and his purposes in the Bible, so familiarity with the Scriptures is essential.
    Equally important is practical application of this knowledge--both in the mundane situations of daily life, as well as in dissicult trials.

    Most important of all, wisdom requires humility and reverence toward God. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Pride and self-rule is foolishness. And since human nature is essentially bent towards pride and self-rule, if one seeks wisdom, one should PRAY for it.

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    I respect people's personal spiritual choices, but what you presented is dogma, not wisdom.

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    And do how do we know we can trust God?

    The answer is: by faith.

    We must take him at his word, and then we find that what he says is true.

    We never find that what he says is true until we take him at his word. And, sadly, that is the stumbling block for us.

    Thankfully, by God's grace, we can overcome this problem. He gives faith to those who seek it from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Not_Me View Post
    I respect people's personal spiritual choices, but what you presented is dogma, not wisdom.
    Dogma or not, it is truth, and I will live and die by it.

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    Applying your knowledge in a meaningful manor.

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    Not sure how to quote a quote but relating to OP quoting Spurgeon: What is "right" changes as society changes. Wisdom is knowing what is WRONG and NOT doing it. Religion has nothing to do with it.
    I'm never wrong, I'm just sometimes less right

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    Simple truths.

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    Not typology.

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