Knowledge vs. Wisdom

Since I have been listening to my audio Bible I am discovering more and more information about the Word of God. I believe that it is a good experience for me to listening to the various books. I went out of order when listening to the various books, but my goal is to eventually listening through the entire New Testament and then the Old Testament.

The reason for this post is that with the wisdom I am gaining from the Word of God, it made me realize that the knowledge of the world just can’t measure up. I believe that wisdom is the application of the information that we can learn from the Bible. I look at it like a distinction between knowing how to do something and actually doing something. One common theme I have discovered is that it’s one thing to know what the Bible says, but it is so much more to apply the wisdom we gain.

It is wisdom that leads to the application of knowledge in our daily lives. Just knowing something doesn’t mean that we apply it.

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Time 

Time is one thing we can never get back. Even though we all will spend eternity in paradise or punishment, we still need to be aware of the time we have now. We have no promise of tomorrow and today is happening through the grace of God. This means that we must use this gift for the glory of God.

Sharing the Gospel is the best way we can spend this time. However, we will encounter those that will not be open to a discussion.  For these people, love them, pray for them, and be good to them. The dynamic of a relationship can go a long way in opening the door for witnessing about Jesus and his gift to mankind.

The important thing to know is not trying to force others to believe. Instead, we can plant seeds that can grow into them becoming seekers of God. No one responds to force or abuse in a positive manner.

Quoting the Word

I recently found myself sort of checking context of verses when someone quotes a single verse to me. I think this came from my belief that quoting verses out of context can lead to misinterpretation. There are people who don’t agree with me about this, but everyone must do what they feel is right in their own heart. God wants us to implant His word in our hearts and it is important that it is implanted in the correct context.

 

Feelings

I woke up this morning and my kids has missed the bus. This was my fault for turning off the clock and going back to sleep. So I owned it and took them to school. On the trip, they were talking about their feelings on different topics. So I dropped them at the front door and headed home.

It was at this time i thought about feelings and how opinion has changed over the last century.  We now live in a society where a man can feel like he is a woman and the rest of the world should enable the delusion. Human feelings are taking precedence over scientific fact? How is this possible? When a person says they feel the presence of God, society thinks they are delusional. 

Take the theory of evolution, which is a theory because there is no scientific proof of evolution, or a big bang. Because people feel this is the appropriate solution It is considered valid. Again, how is this possible?

To those who hate the idea of God and all that he stands for, hate is a feeling. Your feelings are a form of validation, so by your own reasoning there must be a God.  You can’t hate things that don’t exist since feelings are so important to this society. 

The Interview

Today I drove my wife to an interview at a Healthcare Facility. Since it is in a neighboring county we were not familiar with the address. Thinking it was a good idea to use our phones to navigate, we followed the directions.  The problem was that the phones were not giving good directions. Eventually, she ended up calling to get the right directions.

This got me to thinking about other aspects of life. How often do we rely on things that fail us? The only thing we can rely on that won’t fail us is God. He loves us and will be with us all the rest if our lives. The choice is ours if we want to rely on Him or rely on the temporary, fallible things of this world. 

Prevention

Been a little while since my last post, this last week before school starts had been hectic. Seems like there is just too little time to get the odds and ends done before the first day.  In my Servant Leader class, we are covering prevention this week. More specifically, the benefits that are associated with prevention of mental physical illnesses. I would associate prevention with Spiritual illness. We need to prevent things from causing a rift in our relationship with God. How many times have we allowed ourselves to be put into situations that caused a wedge to be drive in our relationship.

Many people does this and then tries to look for other people to blame for this. This is not true, when we allow ourselves to be put into these situations the blame falls on us. No one or nothing can hinder our relationship with God unless we allow it to. This is where the prevention aspect comes into the equation. We can’t prevent others from doing things, but we can prevent ourselves from becoming part of their situation. We must keep the faith and focus on what is important.

Jesus and Paul

I guess I am behind the times in regards to there being the idea of Jesus and Paul representing 2 different kinds of Christianity. While I don’t think this is the case, apparently there are many people that do. I was raised that the Bible was the inspired word of God. This means that the Gospels as well as the epistles are from the inspiration of God. Forgive me for not knowing there exists a debate about Paul and Jesus, I always assumed Christians knew they must accept the entire word of God, not just select sections.

Since several people have approached me about where I stand on this topic I figured I would share my thoughts on it. I would ask you to consider the book of Acts. Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke. Since Luke is the author of both books, then it is safe to assume that Acts is just a valid as the book of Luke. Luke is the longest and most detailed of all the Gospels. It covers many events that are not included in the other Gospels. Now this same author writes another book, the continuation, and it covers Jesus ascending to heaven and the reception of the Holy Ghost. It also covers Jesus personally calling Paul and giving him his commission.

So now we know that Jesus is the Christ and he came to open the opportunity for anyone who chooses to come to God. He personally returns to call another man to bring God’s offer to Gentiles. No, the teaching of Paul and Jesus don’t contradict each other. Their teachings compliment each other.