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Human Wisdom Elevated above the Wisdom of God

As many Bible-believing Christians know, there is a disdain for the authority of the Word of God. This is to be expected from unbelievers, as they are blinded to spiritual truth. Sadly, many professing Christians also downplay the importance of Scripture.

As Christians, the Bible is the foundation of our thinking in every area — or should be. It is true from the very first verse, and Genesis is the source of all major Christian doctrines. The Bible is the source of real knowledge and wisdom.

Worldly wisdom is foolishness in the eyes of God. True wisdom from God in the Bible is superior, but some people reject biblical authority and true knowledge.
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Some owlhoots have a problem with the biblical authority and the source of wisdom, and they misrepresent biblical creationists for believing those things. Part of the difficulty comes from definitions. Connotations, really.

In the eyes of God, atheists are fools (Psalm 14:1). The word fool, נָבָל (nabal), means a vile person, and is not necessarily that someone is stupid. However, the noetic effect of sin means that sin infects all areas, including the thinking processes. Watch sometime how some misotheists who are considered brilliant by worldly standards suddenly become downright stupid when it comes to spiritual matters.

Worldly wisdom is foolishness in the eyes of God. That is not to say that Christians should not learn things, become scientists, and so on. Rather, we get wisdom from above (James 3:17, Prov. 1:8), and can properly use other knowledge. The wisdom of the world cannot enlighten anyone on spiritual matters — especially salvation and the deeper things of God. What follows is an analysis and refutation of straw man arguments and vilification of creationists by BioLogos, but the content is useful beyond that.
In [an] article from BioLogos, the author examines the idea of “human wisdom” versus “God’s wisdom” as described in 1 Corinthians 1:18–24 and attempts to apply her conclusions to young-earth creationists’ (YECs) view of science and origins. The author fundamentally argues that YECs wrongly apply the sentiment of 1 Corinthians 1:18–24, that God’s wisdom trumps man’s wisdom, to dismiss “human learning and scientific achievement,” presumably regarding the ideas of evolution and millions of years. She asserts that YECs often counter scientific claims with the contention that those are just “man’s wisdom” and that Christians should depend on “God’s wisdom.” With this overview in place, let’s analyze the author’s arguments in more detail.

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