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What is wisdom according to the bible and philosophy

What is wisdom according to the bible and philosophy What is wisdom according to the bible and philosophy

A study of Wisdom according to its sources: the bible and the philosophy.
Basically there are two forms of Wisdom , these forms have their origin in the way of knowledge.
The first form of wisdom is rational, that is to say that comes from experience. "The experience gives Wisdom" we say. That is why we often confuse experienced man with the Wise man. This form of Wisdom gives birth to Wisdom as a science, as a form of human knowledge, the wisdom in this case is the knowledge of the correct means to live, the science of the ultimate causes.
Clear examples of Wisdom gives Aristotle by saying, "sometimes to know a virtue we must know first its opposite ", " a vice can sometimes be masquerade as a virtue" this last talking about rigor, which is a vice and Justice.
Wisdom in this context becomes "mother of all sciences" as Aristotle says, is the "key of knowledge" as mentioned in Luke 11:52 in the gospels. Which science can profitably be used without Wisdom? That is why the Wisdom is the superior science, the perfect science.
A second form of Wisdom, a Wisdom that transcends human reason, which is not affordable by reasoning but through intuition. Through sacred listening or council the Wisdom reached that way. The gift of counsel or sacred listening is: listen (perceive with attention), meditate using the spiritual powers of intuition and inspiration and getting creative knowledge. Known cases of counsel in the Bible are: Solomon and the two prostitutes (Kings 3:16-18), The tax due to the Authority (Mark 12:14-17). This form of wisdom that is transcendental (not rational but intuitive) gives birth to the Wisdom as Perfect Virtue.
The Wisdom is also a Perfect Virtue, (remember that the perfect virtues are the highest virtues of its genre, as Mercy) the Wisdom is the Love for the Truth and the Virtue. Perfect Virtues are also called Spiritual Gifts. Wisdom is more than a virtue is a "grace ". Wisdom and Perfects Virtues does not belong to the reason (soul) but the understanding (spirit). Understanding is the reason that love the good or good intelligence (Aristotle), the Understanding is the form of the reason that arises when the desire for good prevails.
The Wisdom and Perfect Virtue of Understanding accompany the spiritual gift (perfect virtue) of Good Discernment, constituting the three spiritual gifts of the state of grace (Love for the Good or Agape).
It is established then that Wisdom is both Science and Perfect Virtue, because the ways of knowledge are two: one rational and the other transcendental.

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  • Comment Link Rhonda Thursday, 31 July 2014 22:11 posted by Rhonda

    I agree there are 2 wisdoms - but one is true and the other false - and I would hardly agree that is virtuous or wise to "stand in agreement" with what is false.

    1 Cor 1:20 "Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know God..."

    verse 20 refers to religion, science, and of course philosophy - to which Paul clearly says is foolish wisdom. In verse 21 Paul mentions two separate 'wisdom' - that which is of God, and that which is of the world - which he furthers adds that through the wisdom of the world the world could not know God. If God is 'the truth' then the world [as we claim to know it] cannot be 'the truth', and does not possess truth - which would stand to reason why Jesus would say 'know the truth". Indeed if you believe what is not true, to be true, then wouldn't that be deception? And if the serpent tempted Eve with deception then couldn't it be deception that she gained by 'seeing/touching/eating ... sensual experience, the very 'wisdom' that we believe we gained and possess but is not true? For surely deception must be 'like' knowledge and must somehow be verifiable if anyone is going to become deceived. And is it not the case that this 'knowledge' was gained through sense perception ... and is scientifically tested through sense perception [since all tests must be observed]? And wouldn't this gaining thru sense perception and verifying thru sense perception wind up being circular and NOT a reliable means for 'proof'? And didn't Jesus repeatedly say 'you have eyes and do not see' and 'don't judge by appearances"? And so do you not think that sensual perception/experience is the cause and effect of deception... as well as the world we see, being that all objects/things/meaning rest solely only our sense perception?

    In fact 1 Jn 4:6 specifically tells "this is how to recognize the spirit of falsehood" - which is in verse 5: "They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them." Isn't this quite clear that the world and its wisdom is not true - and is deception [believing it is true] the very reason why we need salvation?

    I mean Nu 23:19 tells us exactly what the nature of God [his 2 immutable qualities] when it states: " God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind" and at the same time it tells me the nature of God [the truth] it tells me the nature of man; 1. he is a liar, 2, how the lie came to be - he changed his mind. If man's mind was 'one' with God's mind, thus 'seeing and knowing the truth which is one and immutable' - and if man changed his mind then what must he see and know except what isn't true. For no matter what arose in this change, if it is no longer the truth, then no matter what he does in what isn't true - isn't going to make it true. So it is not by works that one comes to know the truth but by faith - which is a work in itself -accomplished by letting go of the untruth, forgiveness, turning the other cheek, [stop the eye for an eye of equal and opposite effects that continue to feed and exacerbate the deception] ...'I die to the flesh daily' and "Be still and know that I Am God"

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