For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; — 1 Corinthians 3:19
The wisdom of the world is everywhere. The understanding of the world is what laughs at Jonah living in a fish for three days. It’s the sense of the world that mocks Lot’s wife turning into salt. It’s the reason of the world that derides Balaam and his donkey.
It’s intellectual pride that puts human reason before the Bible. Of course, putting yourself before God is foolish, but you could say it’s today’s stumbling block. America has such a rich educational heritage, and it’s not hard to see how we got here. When you pride yourself in your critical thinking skills, it’s not that hard to see why you wouldn’t believe the less than everyday happenings in the Bible.
In the book of Judges, God gives us a warning. Over and over, the Israelites forgot God. Each time God sent Canaanites to judge them. And when they repented, God sent them a leader to deliver them from the hands of their enemy. When we read that, we think, how could they forget God so many times? But when God’s blessings flow, it’s so easy to think, “look what we have done. We don’t need God.” And today, we are suffering from the same forgetfulness of God that plagued the Israelites. Look at our colleges, for example.
Yale, Harvard, and Princeton are all living testimonies of intellectual arrogance. These colleges were established on biblical principles and were models of higher education. But now, they have unfortunately devolved into safe places for snowflakes and babysitters for college-age children. They have forgotten the God that blessed them.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. — Proverbs 9:10
Wisdom starts with the fear of the Lord. The wisdom that begins with a detailed study on Aristotle is not true wisdom. And without “knowledge of the Holy One,” Aristotle is fluff.
Paul talks all about this in 1st Corinthians. He says, “We are fools, for Christ’s sake.” How true this is. How many people laugh at us for our belief in “fairy tales?” But Paul also says that we “are wise in Christ.” The worldly wisemen are putting human reasoning above God.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; - 1 Corinthians 1:27
Unless the worldly wisemen are humble enough to believe the Bible stories they scoff at, they will never inherit the kingdom of God.
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
If you are interested in learning more, check out Ray Comfort’s movie Crazy Bible.