3 paradigms of truth, Worldly, Religious, Divine

The great question of life that philosophers ask is,
"Who are we? 
Where do we come from? 

Where are we going?

     Where do we go to seek wisdom and the answers to the secrets of life? 
Do we inquire according to secular wisdom, or religious teachings?  Or is there another?

How does Godly Wisdom contrast to secular wisdom?

How does Godly Wisdom contrast with "religious" wisdom?

3 PARADIGMS 
OF WISDOM AND TRUTH


The Paradigm of Worldly Wisdom Contrasted to Godly Wisdom
1Cor:1:19: For it is written, I will destroy the  wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the  understanding of the prudent. 

(KJV)1Cor:1:21: For  after that in the wisdom of God the world by 

wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the  foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (KJV) 

THE PARADIGM OF WORLDLY WISDOM

Worldly wisdom extols and rewards self-exaltation and individuality 
Godly wisdom (the Truth) says deny yourself take up your cross, die to yourself. 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom no man is "good "Worldly wisdom is based upon observation and the appearance of things 
Godly wisdom (the Truth) The unseen things are eternal and have a substance yet to be known by human reason. 
Worldly wisdom is based upon "scientific" principle and measurable 
phenomena.
Godly wisdom (the Truth) teaches that if you believe in the unseen you have faith and will see the results manifested. 

Worldly wisdom features the domination or rule of the strong and the mighty.
Godly wisdom (the Truth) teaches that God chooses the weak and the insignificant to shame the wise and strong. 


Worldly wisdom devalues humans with few assets, childlike meekness and simplicity.
Godly wisdom (the Truth) reveals that the greatest in the kingdom of God are like children. Humble, trusting, and meek. 


 Worldly wisdom values and rewards intellectual achievement and scholarship.
Godly wisdom (the Truth) teaches that the wisdom of man is  foolishness to him. 


Worldly wisdom recognizes classes as inferior or superior rank and class, this is respect of persons.
Godly wisdom (the Truth) teaches that those who are  poor shall eventually receive the blessings of the kingdom. The proud and  the mighty he scatters and turns away. 


Worldly wisdom's view of the "vast timeless universe" diminishes or negates the need of a savior.
Godly wisdom (the Truth) teaches that God created the heaven and the earth by wisdom and all things that are in it. And he called  his creation "good." 


Worldly wisdom features "self preservation" as a principle 

Godly wisdom (the Truth) speaks of self sacrifice as a divine virtue 


Worldly wisdom believes life may well be over when one dies
Godly wisdom (the Truth) we are eternal beings who retain our own soul's  personal identity forever. Some will inherit eternal blessings and others will  inherit eternal separation from God. 


Worldly wisdom presumes that God regards each religion or faith democratically.
Godly wisdom (the Truth) reveals that one nation is the  chosen people of God. The Bible established upon infallible promises, states that there is only one mediator between God and man.  Jesus the son of God, the king of the Jews. 

Worldly wisdom presumes that God does not favor any one nation over  another. Godly wisdom (the Truth) reveals that one nation is the chosen people of God. There is only one mediator between God and man.  Jesus the son of God, the king of the Jews. 

Worldly wisdom would suggest there is one God who is simply called by  many names. Godly wisdom (the Truth) though there are many gods there is  but one God who is above all and we can hold no god higher than He. 

Worldly wisdom presumes that God is essentially impersonal. 
Godly wisdom (the Truth) says that we can become sons of God. Adapted 
into the family. We are called to inherit the blessings and partake in His divine nature. 

Worldly wisdom believes that all of the human race are automatically  "children of God"
Godly wisdom (the Truth) Whoever believes on the Son of God, Jesus Christ has eternal life. Whoever has not the son has no life but 
the condemnation of God remains upon them. 

Paradigm of Religious Wisdom 

In the religious paradigm the religious life centers around a "church house" 
In the religious paradigm the church house is called "the house of God" 
In the religious paradigm the church building is called the "Church"
 
In the religious paradigm traditions include various church features or - - 

traditions such as: 
pulpits and pews, stained glass windows, organs and 'sacred music' 
solemnity and formalism, ecclesiastical garb robes, orders of service, ritual, - -  designated ranks of clerical authority.

In the religious paradigm a formally trained priest or clergy "officiates" over 
the "services" 
In the religious paradigm a formal address or sermon delivered to the faithful is called "preaching" 

In the religious paradigm one or two hours a week meets the requirements of personal involvement 

In the religious paradigm only the professionally trained clergy are qualified to "minister" 

In the religious paradigm there is "respect of persons" relative to spiritual rank or authority 

In the religious paradigm members may be totally disassociated in worship or prayer 

In the religious paradigm a person's spiritual life is governed, directed or sustained by another 

In the religious paradigm the exploits of God and Saints are in the past 

In the religious paradigm people are taught how to please God performing certain 
deeds or obligations 
In the religious paradigm there are duties required to attain "good standing" 

In the religious paradigm one often does not experience God only hears about God who did exploits in times past  

In the religious paradigm one often doesn't know if he/she is going to heaven (or saved)
In the religious paradigm Bible doctrine plus traditional teachings form the core doctrines 

 

Paradigm of Godly Wisdom, (Modeled by Jesus) 

In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom there are paradoxes to the natural 
instincts or wisdom of man 
the least shall be greatest; 
the first shall be last;  many called but few chosen;  we must die in order to live; 
we must hate the things of this world; 
we must be like a child, God has hidden wisdom from the wise; 
the unseen things are a greater reality than the seen. etc. 

In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom man in his natural self can do  nothing of value for the kingdom of God 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom, the spiritual man is totally  dependant upon the guidance of the Spirit 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom we are in a perpetual spiritual  battle for survival and dominance in life 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom there is eternal life, promised  rewards and consequences 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model Jesus preached to those outside pertaining  
to the Kingdom of God and taught his followers 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom only those who are born of the  Spirit and led of the Spirit are the Children of God 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom people are discipled, disciples are matured and then charged with ministry 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom ministry is through the leading of the Holy Spirit 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom true worshipers worship in Spirit and in Truth 
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom, wisdom and insight is hidden from the double minded and the unredeemed
In the Jesus, Spirit-led model of wisdom we could memorize the Bible and not know truth- only the Spirit reveals it. 
 

As many that have received the gift,
minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold Grace of God
1Peter4:7

© Charles Pinkney, 1995 - 2010
1995-2013