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This is a two-part answer, because your question addresses two things: I should also make it clear up front that I am one of those unbeliever types. 1) Yes, wisdom from the bible can be beneficial to an unbeliever. Because wisdom from all sources is beneficial. As an unbeliever, no book holds a special place. This means that all sources can be analysed ...


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No, not really. Half the time 'crowds' are mentioned the word is basically synonymous with 'mob' and the other half it's just a big group of people. There is advice about seeking counsel from wise friends. The company you keep is important, and there are lots of stories (both good and bad) to show that. Most importantly, the Bible says that true wisdom ...


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Proverbs 3:5-6 says Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. Elsewhere in Proverbs (16:9 / 20:24), it says A man plans his path, but the Lord directs his steps. The consistent pattern I keep seeing is that if we are faithful to provide ...


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Jonathan Edwards' Ontological Argument In his "Essay on the Trinity" (and private notebooks and public sermons), Jonathan Edwards suggested a form of ontological argument for each of the three persons of the Trinity. Anselm's argument starts from a definition of a hypothetical God who perfects all excellences and proceeds to show God must actually exist ...


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I have of late taught that "wisdom" in the book of Proverbs is best understood as the understanding of God's ways or will and the application of such. In other words, acting and behaving in the manner which God intends for us. "Knowledge" can be understood in a similar fashion. This interpretation of wisdom, in my opinion, can be applied to all instances ...


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Try the very last verse of the book of John: Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. New International Version Beside that, it is obvious that much of the minutia of daily life is missing from the Bible.


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They became "wise" in that they now knew (the difference of) Good and Evil. The tree is explicitly called Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, so we should assume it is right that eating the fruit conferred that knowledge. This is also confirmed by them having a different view on their nakedness after eating the fruit. So, yes, that fruit did confer ...


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The hebrew word for life in Proverbs is chay (חָי) and means life or alive (which doesn't seem to imply anything spiritual). In 1 John the word used is the greek word zóé (ζωήν) which means: life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. So in the literal sense the verse 1 John is talking about more than just physical ...


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I'm going to start with some base assumptions, because I sense that the atheists are going to have a field day with this, and I'm hoping to prevent this from turning into a debate on whether or not God exists, is good, etc. The assumptions are those that are necessary for this site. IMO, the debate over the assumptions on which this site are off-topic. ...


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Proverbs 9:10 and Isaiah 33:6 are referring to the fear of offending the Lord or sinning. I believe in Genesis 15:1 God is telling Abraham that he does not need to have fear, because he did a good thing by rejecting the king of Sodom's reward in Genesis 14:21-24. The Catholic Bible states it pretty well when it says, "Lastly, the gift of fear fills us with ...


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We ask when we have the desire. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, NIV) Psalms tells us that God will give us the desires of our heart. Simply asking without any sincere desire will not be successful. Only a sincere request is granted. And we should ask according to His will. We can't ask whatever ...


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I seem to be answering a lot of your questions. Anyways I hope that I can help again. Part of our being here is to be tested, which means that sometimes we will be faced with decisions like this. Both seem sucky and it doesn't seem like any inspiration is coming on what we should do. At those times its often best just to pick one and then move forward with ...


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Proverbs 11:14: For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers. I'm not sure I would really use this to make a case for 'crowdsourcing' though.


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This is what Luther calls the theologia gloriae.1 The most obvious way to the cognition of God is to follow the footsteps of creation. The creation speaks a powerful language.2 Scholasticism has understood the natural cognition as a way of salvation.3 Scholastics think of God and man from the same viewpoint of natural causality and connect the cognition of ...


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There are two common interpretations among Protestants: "Wisdom" refers to the Word of God; that is, Jesus "Wisdom" is the personification of a divine attribute, and perhaps a type of Christ, but should not be understood to be Jesus himself The first view was widely held by the church fathers and several centuries of Protestants. However, in the 20th ...


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Besides these three persons, no fourth in the divine nature can be asserted Says St. Thomas Aquinas. And why? Because of the "proceeds" The Three Persons of the Blessed Trinity are alike, except in their relation to one another These relations of origin one must understand not as a procession which inclines to what is without - for what proceeds ...


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The answer to your question is not an easy answer; Since the original word used here was: שׂכל Pronounced śâkal For myself I do believe that choosing our current state as opposed to remaining in God’s pristine state was either wise nor desirable. Brown Driver Biggs Definition: 1) to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, prosper 1a) (Qal)...


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It is important to remember that the Trinity as a doctrine was inductively defined. That is, the doctrine exists because it explains (most Christians would argue) the data present in the New Testament, namely that Yahweh, Jesus, and the Spirit all "are God," but that God is "one" (cf. Deut 6:4-5). In order to avoid sounding like polytheists, Christians had ...


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As it turns out, the Trinitarian nature of God is actually an axiom. In mathematics, an axiom is a statement that is taken to be true without a proof. For example, the statement that a straight line can be drawn between any two points is one of the five axioms that comprise Euclid's Postulates. To most of us, this statement is obviously true, but it can't ...


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Note: Most on-line commentaries seem ascribe this verse to mean the Son of God and the Arian heresy tried to use it as a means for arguing that the Son was created and therefore not eternal. See these commentaries here. Anyway, when thinking of the Eternal Son as the wisdom of God we run into the idea that the Son was eternally begotten of the Father. ...


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From Orthodox catechism 2 John 1:12 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete. Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Matthew 28:19,20 ...


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We do not know. Without Divine revelation, we cannot know. We may never understand exactly "why" God is a Trinity of Persons, and the question might not make sense with respect to God. The very fact that God is a Trinity is divinely revealed knowledge. In Catholicism (and I would guess many other denominations), it is confessed that this fact can never be ...


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"Wisdom" in the context of these verses isn't anybody. It's wisdom, as you or I would understand the word, literally, but in this particular context, Solomon is Anthropomorphizing the character trait of wisdom. I've never once seen a commentary, or heard a message that gives any indication that "Wisdom" in these passages means anything else. That Solomon ...


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I may be wrong, but this doesn't so much sound like a question about Christianity as it is about human nature. I can think of four scenarios where I've heard people speak as if they know the mind of God. When we are asked a question, we feel compelled to give an answer. If we don't know the answer for sure, we tend to give an answer that we think SOUNDS ...


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Recently, I have learnt something that will forever stick in my head. Jesus' prayer in the garden is something we should not be take lightly as I have always done. All the pain and torture, insults, whips, strength to carry the cross and face shame before all men was about to begin within a very short time. It was one big moment of his life. He had to get ...


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There are different kinds of knowledge, and according to your comment that "wisdom is applied knowledge," I infer that your definition of knowledge might be Information that is not yet applied to a situation (for example). If I'm correct, then I think you're on the right track. Knowledge IS information, and when it comes to spiritual gifts, God is ...


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When we say that a decision is "difficult", that generally means one of three things: 1. We don't have enough information to determine which option is better. 2. No option is clearly wiser or morally superior, and we don't know what criteria to apply. Or 3. We know the right thing to do, but it is hard and we'd rather not do it. Let me first deal with #3. ...


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On the Alpha course Nicky Gumbel dedicates a whole session to, "How Does God Guide Us?" His answer is s list which he calls "the five CSes", to keep them memorable. They are: Commanding Scripture i.e. the Bible. God will not tell us to do something forbidden by Scripture. Counselling Spirit (earlier called Controlling Spirit, which was changed probably ...


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"Things" is simply Truth, these Truths. It is better to be humble than proud. Grace is better than triumph. That all credit for anything we achieve belongs to God. Things like that.


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What is the Fear of the Lord? The word Fear in the Hebrew is one of God's Names. Fear is our reaction when we see God as He really is and then see ourselves in the light of who God is." The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. The Fear of the Lord is to hate evil. The Fear of the ...



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