"Does wisdom make people happy?" (Alleged Contradiction #E4863)
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Wisdom regarding Christ, salvation, and the Bible promotes a joyful (“happy”) life. On the other hand, wisdom regarding how evil works will only bring us down and discourage us. In fact, there are things that God wants us to remain foolish about. Paul sums this up nicely:
For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
So when it comes to the Bible, we should gain all the wisdom we can. However, when it comes to the world, our goal is to be “simple”, or unwise, in this regard.
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