Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Complement of Human and Biblical Wisdom

Wisdom comes from asking questions and seeking answers to the questions asked.

Asking Questions

Albert Einstein once said, “Thinking is difficult; that’s why so few people do it.” Thinking is a process of self-intuition through asking relevant questions to create self-awareness and self-introspection. It is the natural habit of the human mind to try to solve problems by asking questions. Through solving problems, the mind can then make things happen.

Seeking Answers

Seeking answers may not be that easy; just as Albert Einstein also said, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

Understanding requires both human wisdom and Biblical wisdom.

According to Ronald Reagan, “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.”

When we ask, we may also receive—just as Jesus said: “Seek and you shall find.” That said, many seek but still do not find, just as many ask questions but do not receive answers because they do not have the spiritual wisdom to guide them in what they seek and in the questions they ask.

Lack of Spiritual Wisdom

Seeking answers to all the questions asked requires spiritual wisdom to show us that we are all living in a material world full of problems, that solving others' problems does not help us solve our own, and that solving our own problems does not guarantee that we will not have any more problems to be solved. Spiritual wisdom can only be intuited in the presence of God.

The lack of spiritual wisdom is often due to excessive attachment to the material things in the physical world. The human flaw of attachment can be discerned and even overcome with human wisdom, which is no more than the ultimate truth of human existence. In the Christian tradition, truth begins with God, and not with the self. However, in Eastern cultures, the understanding of self is the first step in the pursuit of true human wisdom.

Get the wisdom of letting go to attain the complement of human and spiritual wisdom.

 Stephen Lau     
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