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Christianity: worldly wisdom vs. godly wisdom

Luke Breuer
2010-03-29 10:29 UTC

driving scripture
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
James 3:13-18
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

questions to ask
  • what do I get out of this?
  • am I prioritizing eternal consequences? (do I believe that I others are going to live forever)
  • am I strengthening or weakening partiality?
  • am I trying to make something more appealing?
    (caveat: I have become all things to all people)
  • fairness for me first, or the other person? For the stronger first, or the weaker?
  • does this violate the principle of servants not being above the served (when man is serving man)?
  • does the world honor and celebrate this, or does God?
  • does this put man at the center of the universe, or God?
  • am I fearing God, or man?
  • am I believing in my understanding of naural laws when this understanding is directly opposed by God's promises? (am I considering the risk to myself above faith)
  • is it gentle? (James 3:17)