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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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the answer is--- yes. We do both. We ask God to give us wisdom; all wisdom comes from Him. We could live for eighty years and not get true biblical wisdom if we don't ask God. But we have to seek it, too. We won't be sleeping one morning and 60 lbs of wisdom come crashing through the roof and wake us up. We have to do things to seek wisdom; praying, ...


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Hebrews 11: 1 says "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." This is probably one of the most fundamental verses you can quote when asked about faith. It is the most obvious and clear definition of what it means to believe something especially God. Knowledge is pretty much the same as faith. We all know the color of ...


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The scripture does in fact speak plainly on this issue, and the fact that so many are ignoring it concerns me greatly. The scriptures say - 1 Corinthians 4:6 "Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on ...



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