For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.Proverbs 2:6 (NLT)
There are a lot of crazy things people believe out there. From flat-earthers to alien conspiracy theorists, things which are stated as fact range from the bizarre to the really concerning. Now, there’s nothing wrong with truly believing in something (we all have our own opinions). However, when our beliefs begin to impact our lives, or the lives of others, the results can be deadly. One very glaring example is the Final Solution of Nazi Germany.
Prior to the massive war, which we call World War II, Adolf Hitler spent nearly a decade indoctrinating the people of Germany on his beliefs. The most sinister of which was that the Arian race, basically Caucasian people, were superior than all others. Therefore, those “others” should no longer have the right to exist, because they were unworthy to live. This set about what we now call the Holocaust, where over six million Jews and minority groups were systematically killed in brutal ways over the course of only a few years.
Of course, this is a bit of a sensational example of how a dearly-held belief can turn brutal. But it’s the reality of what happens when we let our ideas trump wisdom and truth. When we truly believe that what we formulate in our head is absolute truth, then we set ourselves up for disaster. In our faith journey, this is absolutely true.
When our sinful minds conjure up beliefs, the results will be, well, sinful. And, as Christians, this will lead to disaster in our lives. Why? Because, truth and wisdom about who God is and who we are comes from only one source: God himself. As King Solomon put it, “For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” In other words, if you want to know about God, don’t Google the answer. Go to the source. Go to God. In an era where research consists of reading blogs, watching vlogs, or simply following someone on Twitter, as Christians, we can’t be that trivial. Instead, we need to open the Word of God, as found in the Bible. Let the truths we find there form our beliefs. Let the wisdom in there lead our lives. Let the knowledge found therein lead us deeper into our understanding of our Lord and Savior.