- Religion and Philosophy
What is wisdom? Are we born with it? No, we think of wisdom as the ability to make good decisions based on our knowledge and experience. This would imply that we are not born with wisdom, but that we should be acquiring it as time passes.
Think of your mind as a giant computer that is constantly absorbing information that it processes. This becomes your input of knowledge that helps you make decisions. As a result of your decisions, you experience success or failure.
If you want to be successful, you must apply the correct knowledge. And if you want to avoid failure, you must stop applying knowledge that is incorrect. Over time, with the right knowledge and experience, you can develop the wisdom to be successful.
How do you determine the correctness of knowledge? Most of the time this is an easy task. You just look at the result of a decision that was based on knowledge processed from specific information. If that information was correct, then the subsequent knowledge could be used to make a decision that should result in a successful outcome.
Take an objective look at the world with all its problems. For the most part, these problems indicate a lack of wisdom in the world. Many profess to be wise, but their actions show them to be foolish. Some are wise, but they are out-numbered by foolish people. Many are intellectual, but do not have compassion.
Most problems in the world stem from those who lack wisdom and those who are intelligent, but egotistic and self-serving. If we want to overcome problems, we must learn to transcend worldly wisdom.
We must find the path to true wisdom, if we want to be happy. Wisdom is all around us in many forms, and yet most of it is like turning onto a dead-end street, taking us nowhere. We must determine true wisdom by the result it produces. If its objective is to provide a benefit only for its source, and not for the greater good of all people, then it is not true wisdom.
True wisdom, therefore, could be beneficial for all people; it could give them a foundation for happiness. False wisdom creates ideas that cause problems in the world. For example, if we could eliminate ideas that are based on prejudice, greed, and deception, then the world would be a better place.
The main problem in the world is that most people are being deceived by false wisdom. Many are living with an illusion that the world will somehow get better. Their hopes are based on ideas inspired by false wisdom. You must transcend this wisdom if you don't want to be disappointed by the results of these ideas.
Wisdom inspired by truth produces ideas that benefit the world. However, false wisdom results in false theories regarding our existence and purpose; and this, unfortunately, causes many problems in the world.
Why do conflicting theories exist? People are not perfect, and out of an estimated seven billion people in the world, no two are exactly alike. Therefore, many different theories about life exist and, of course, all those theories can't be true. Many are true, but cannot be proven; and must be assumed. For example, we assume that space and time have no beginning or end, but that would be impossible to prove.
What about life? How did it begin, and will there be an ending to all life? These are questions that have different answers. But, just as space and time are infinite, we must assume that life had no beginning, and that all life will not end. Is it really important to know these things? Yes, because your life depends on knowing the truth regarding life and death, and knowing the way to living eternally.
A wise person believes that life creates life. Others believe that life evolved from lifeless elements. Some believe a gigantic explosion occurred in space, miraculously creating the complexity of life and the structure of the universe. A reasonable person, however, assumes that life did not have a beginning. At the forefront of this controversy are two theories; these are the theory of evolution and the theory of creation.
The theory of evolution tells us that different forms of life evolved from an original source. But it fails to explain how this original source came into being. Different forms of life did evolve within their own species, but the prototype of each species was created. The logical conclusion is not that these prototypes came into being "accidentally", but that they were created by a form of life who had no beginning.
The theory of creation tells us that God is immortal, and that He created original forms of life that have evolved into the forms of life known today. God causes life to perpetuate by giving life to each form of life upon its conception. And the design and structure of the universe indicates that it was not created "accidentally", but that God created it.
Why is it important to know how life was created? Let's suppose that God did not exist, and that life was accidentally created. Without God, would human beings be able to live in peace? No, because people are imperfect, and cannot produce perfect rules to live by.
Most people, who don't believe in God, believe in "survival of the fittest." This idea has promoted war, crime, and discrimination as ways to survive. If you want to be happy and learn to live in peace, you need to know the truth about how and why life was created.
The true purpose of life is to be happy; but without true wisdom, we cannot be truly happy. How do we attain true wisdom? First, we must have the correct knowledge about the creation of life. This correct knowledge would help us develop the wisdom needed to be happy.
However, if life is the result of a cosmic accident, then who determines what the truth is? Because imperfect people cannot determine the truth, we must conclude that truth is based on the creation of life by a perfect form of life.
When you realize that God created life, then you can learn the truth from Him. This is the beginning of true wisdom. Without God, you can only know the so-called truth from human beings. Those who don't believe in God can only try to derive the truth from those who are imperfect. God has provided a way for you to know the real truth, and this is through His Word, the Bible.
The Bible was written by men who were inspired by God to reveal the truth. The Bible begins by telling us simply that "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." From that simple verse to the last, the truth is revealed about the creation of human beings, their fall from perfection, and the early history of mankind.
In addition, the Bible tells us about God's Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins so that we could be saved from death; and it tells us about the future of mankind. By studying the Bible, you can transcend worldly wisdom, and become truly happy by having true wisdom.
From the Bible:
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
(John, Chapter 8, Verse 32)
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