[Note: "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" begins Sunday, May 9, at 9 PM. We recommend this. (See Note 5.)]

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We’ve not forgotten our love of language. Here are 2 ADS definitions to help you understand your world:

 

Intelligence (n.)

The “horsepower” you possess that allows you to plow a certain number number of “standard,” measurable acres¹.  (Varies among people, and pretty much a “given” for each person.)

Wisdom (n.)

How well you use your horsepower to plow your “field” to get what you need and want.²

 

“More” requires use of the “DOOR.”

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First, apologies for the fusty use of “apostrophes”…

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Confusing intelligence and wisdom can cause people to waste time talking past each other. You might expect me to add something about what the Bible says about this, and I will. You hawks out there, please  correct me.

I don’t think the Bible says very much–if anything–about “intelligence.” You might argue, however, that differing amounts of intelligence is implied in Jesus’ parable of the talents (which refer to money in Bible language, and is found in Mt.25:14-30) where in one case a good servant receives 5 talents and another good servant 2, expecting them to put the $ to work. They both do, doubling them. A third servant receives 1 talent but gains nothing. (Not to be ignored is that both “doublers” receive the same blessing.) But I’m convinced the primary thing at work here is not intelligence (or “horsepower”), but wisdom.

The Bible says a great deal about wisdom and the desirability of obtaining it. Not to be overlooked is the Biblical declaration: “To whom much is given, much will be required” (intelligence, wisdom, possessions, whatever…). Look in the mirror and in your pockets and see what you have. And then, honestly, use it to the hilt.

Wisdom is something we can work for and develop. It involves choosing and we’re strong believers that everyone can do that.³

[And, exactly what does the Bible say about wisdom? Here are some verses from the Bible that say even MORE, to add to (or confuse you more) about just what wisdom is. But to get them you have to scroll down to Note 4 (which appears after ³.) Remember word meanings wiggle around when they're translated…] 

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Note 5.  Note that we’re recommending something we haven’t seen. Be prepared for things like the “Cosmic Calendar, which tries to put the unfathomable 13.8-billion-year history of the universe in the context of a year, with all of recorded history taking up just the last 14 seconds of Dec. 31″ (Florida Today, 3-6-14). We, by the way, have no problem with that, finding it in harmony with the Bible. We welcome this presentation and will comment on what’s said, and not said, as it goes. Enjoy the spectacle that will be presented, but see for yourself what science itself knows, expects, and hopes for.

¹ “Hectares” for you non-Americans and non-Liberians.

² Needs and wants are entirely different things. Welcome to trying to sort them out!

³ Welcome to philosophy! Such concerns are in the foreground or background of much of what we post. We consider being able to choose a fundamental axiom of existence. [See our take on "choosing" by putting < axiom 5 > in the search rectangle at the upper left.]

Note 4

  • Job 12:12

    Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
  • Psalm 37:30

    The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
  •  Proverbs 1:7  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
  • Proverbs 3:7

    Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
  • Proverbs 4:6-7

    Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.  Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
  • Proverbs 13:1

    A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke.
  • Ecclesiastes 2:26

    To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:25

    For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom,and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
  • Colossians 2:2-3

    My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
  • James 3:17

    But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
  • James 1:5

    If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:30

    It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
  • Proverbs 29:11

    A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
  • Proverbs 14:1

    The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
  • Proverbs 15:12

    A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
  • Proverbs 19:20

    Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
  • Proverbs 3:13

    Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding.