Wisdom of the world is foolishness with God

To Be Wise You Must Become Foolish

When someone falls for a practical joke or prank, he may feel “foolish” for a moment or two. But those who fall for “the wisdom of this world,” and build their lives on it, will spend all eternity regretting such a foolish choice. In order for our relationship with Jesus to mature, we must accept that to be wise we must become foolish.

 “Do not deceive yourselves. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God.”

1 corinthians 3:18-19 niv

The word translated “foolishness” in 1 Corinthians 3:18-19 is the Greek word, moria, from which our word “moron” comes. There are men and women who are so enamored with this world’s wisdom that they ignore or reject God’s wisdom. They would be conside “morons” in the sight of their Creator. “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22 NIV). Here the Greek word is moraino, from the same root.

Jesus said that “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.d” (Matthew 7:26). In this verse, “foolish” is the Greek, moros. Another closely related Greek word, morologia, is translated “foolish talking” in Ephesians 5:3-4. It is listed along with “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk, or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

Humanistic Wisdom Of The World

The world today is almost completely in bondage to humanistic wisdom. Those who trust in the God of creation and redemption through Christ on the cross are considered foolish. But such worldly wisdom is foolishness with God. “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. To us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (I Corinthians 1:18).

It is folly to remain enthralled by the wisdom of this world instead of following “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24).

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