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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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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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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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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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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'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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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 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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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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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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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) ...


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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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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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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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"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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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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I can tell you who wisdom is in Sirach... Wisdom shall praise her own self, and shall be honoured in God, and shall glory in the midst of her people, and shall open her mouth in the churches of the most High, and shall glorify herself in the sight of his power, and in the midst of her own people she shall be exalted, and shall be admired in the holy ...


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Living wisely allows a person to avoid a great deal of calamity. For instance, someone who is wise with his money and stores up wealth for his later years can enjoy the blessings of wisdom, whereas someone who spends money foolishly will suffer for that. So, there is blessing in living wisely with the things of this world. However, Ecclesiastes probably ...


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Did the forbidden fruit make us wise? Two trees are specifically identified as being created by God. Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam was given specific ...


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Genesis 3:22 is instructive in this regard: "Then the LORD God said, 'Behold, the man has become like on of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever'" (NASB Updated). The phrase "knowing good and evil" is a Hebraism. The technical name for it in rhetoric is ...


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My own personal interpretation as a Christian would suggest that the ultimate effect of the Fruit will be to impart the same sort of "wisdom" as the Prodigal Son received from his wayward lifestyle (Luke 15:11-32). Paradise 1.0 (Eden) was the farm prior to the son's departure; Paradise 2.0 (Heaven) will be the farm after his return. Prior to his departure, ...


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Undoubtedly we can say that Jesus' divine nature is omniscient, but your confusion could result from identifying Wisdom too closely with Jesus. In Luke 11:31-35, Jesus speaks of John the Baptist, himself and then Wisdom, but only in the third person and such terms that it would be difficult for us to think of her as his divine nature: Luke 11:31-35: ...



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