Theology the Theological Message Research Paper

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[. . .] But at the end of all effort, he saw that everything he had achieved was only vanity and of no profit to him. He realized that he could not gain more, spend more, collect more, carouse more or sin more but pleasure cannot guarantee meaning in life (Krell, HBCNYC 2011).

Wisdom

Through his use of wisdom in the pursuit of the meaningful life and lasting happiness, Solomon found two important principles (Krell 2008). The wise man and the fool both die. The wise man and the fool are both soon forgotten. The total of all knowledge, progress and technology does not necessarily make life richer. Many people are still unhappy despite their possessions. For his part, Solomon, at first, thought that the wise man had greater advantage than the fool. But death takes both of them and they both end up in the grave. And neither of them stays too long in the memory of men after their death (Krell).

Work

Solomon worked much during his time (Krell 2008). Yet the fruits of his labor must be taken over by someone else who took his place. This next person decided what he would do to the fruits of his labor. Solomon did not know and could not control the kind of person his successor would be. The painful realization he made was that he could not take the fruits of his work with him in his grave. Work too is then vanity and even evil. He saw all three means as empty and even hated life itself (Krell, HBCNYV 2011).

The Book of Proverbs: the Wise and the Foolish

Every Christian needs to be wise, especially in winning souls, in business, in overcoming temptation, in friendships, in making decisions and in raising children (FBBC 2010, the Glory Story 2006, Deffinbaugh 2011). Wisdom brings understanding, happiness, long life and riches, steadiness, fearlessness or courage, promotion, a crown of glory, riches and honor, joy to parents, and the favor of leaders. The wise man can be distinguished from the fool (FBBC, the Glory Story, Deffinbaugh).

The Fool

He is unrighteous (FBBC 2010, The Glory Story 2006, Deffinbaugh 2011). He finds holiness, righteousness and goodness undesirable. He may not admit it but he actually loves what is evil. He hates to separate from what is evil and makes light of sin. He is unwise. He does not possess wisdom and would not obtain it. He has no desire for it as an inclination. He finds it too high and has no capacity for it. If he acquires it or is given to him, he will reject it because he hates it. The fool is unrealistic. His view of reality is distorted about himself, others and about life itself. He has no concern with present realities. He is just a wishful thinker. He is without discipline. He perceives self-control as a denial of limited and vain pleasures. He is undisciplined with money and other material resources. He has an undisciplined temper. He always loses it. He has no control over his mouth. A fool is unreliable with his words and his work. He is dishonest and untrustworthy in any matter. What he does is likewise dishonest and untrustworthy. A fool resists instruction. Even if he receives sound information or advice, he will find it painful and reject it. He is unpleasant, often disliked by most, and undesirable. He is usually a menace to his family, the community and society. He is a troublemaker (FBBC, the Glory Story, Deffinbaugh).

Fools should be avoided whenever possible (FBBC 2010, the Glory Story 2006, Deffinbaugh 2011). When found, fools should be driven out. Useful instruction should not be wasted on fools. The New Testament teaches this in Matt 7:6. That instruction will not bear fruit or appreciation in fools. True Christians should not allow fools to drag them down to their level. Neither should they honor fools by honoring them as undue honor will further strengthen their folly. Christians should not even correct fools as correction is not welcomed to them. Christians only punish themselves for doing so. But they should not make things easy for fools, either. They should not shield fools from the consequences of their folly. These may even bring light to them. And fools should be disciplined severely. Severe punishment may be in the form of physical pain, which is the only form of discipline fools recognize (FBBC, the Glory Story, Deffinbaugh).

The Wise Man

He listens and follows sound advice or instruction (FBBC 2010, the Glory Story 2006, Deffinbaugh 2010). He is able to receive and accept command from others. He learns and gathers useful and true knowledge. He controls his words. He is humble. While he can accept commands, he is also capable of leading. He has leadership qualities. He is able to win souls. He listens to his parents. He is well-informed. He is constructive. He has understanding. He not only gathers true knowledge but also shares it. He can take scolding positively. Most of all, he always looks for God's principles in everything and practices them (FBBC, the Glory Story, Deffinbaugh).

Wisdom for man draws from the fear of the Lord (FBBC 2010, the Glory Story 2006, Deffinbaugh 2011). It is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. This means acknowledging Him as God. It requires a turning around and against what mainstream society teaches and even one's own beliefs and emotions. A wise man does not associate with fools. He does not agree with them. He does not honor them or seek their counsel. He does not trust fools to even relay his message to anyone. He does not argue with them (FBBC, the Glory Story, Deffinbaugh).

Wisdom can be obtained from wise people, from the failures and trials of life, and the word of God itself (FBBC 2010, the Glory Story 2006, Deffinbaugh 2011). Those who seek it should fear God, develop a deep respect for Him and things about Him, listen to things and instructions about God, ask questions about Him, and read about Him. The Proverbs reveal the wise man as one who pursues wisdom. He first acknowledges his nothingness and that he knows nothing. It is then that he seeks and craves for that wisdom as the passion of his life (FBBC, the Glory Story, Deffinbaugh).

Chapter 17 verse 24 states that wisdom is in one who possesses understanding while the focus of the fool is on the earth and its pursuits (FBBC 2010, the Glory Story 2006, Deffinbaugh 2011). The wise man is always in possession of that wisdom, that is why he knows what is doing and where he is going. Through it all, he knows that he is a helpless being but with God's instruction, his search is finished. Unless God does this, his life is headed for destruction. The man who seeks wisdom is a wise man. He gives his life passionately to gathering wisdom and the knowledge of God. A wise man walks with God and seeks Him as others seek riches. He reaches out for God and digs for Him as the rest of the world digs for vanities that perish (FBBC, the Glory Story, Deffinbaugh).#

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Deffinbaugh, Bob. The Fool. Bible.org., 2011. Retrieved on September 30, 2011 from http://bible.org/seriespage/fool-proverbs-261-11

FBBC. One Step at a Time. Christian Growth Series. Faith Bible Baptist Church, 2010.

Retrieved on September 30, 2011 from http://www.fbbc.com/messages/one_step_11.htm

Glory Story, the. Wise Man. The Glory Bible School: Glory to God International, 2006.

Retrieved on September 30, 2010 from http://www.theglorystory.com/html/0y_-_wise_man.htm

HBCNYC. How to Love Life. Heritage Baptist Church: Heritage Baptist New York City,

2011. Retrieved on September 30, 2011 from http://www.hbcnyc.org/manuscripts/Eccles_3.html

Harlow, Daniel C. Creation According to Genesis. Christian Scholar Review. Calvin College, 2004. Retrieved on September 30, 2011 from http://www.calvin.edu/academic/religion/faculty/harlow/CreationaccordingtoGenesis.pdf

Hyers, Conrad. The Rise and Fall of Creationism. Religion Online: religion-online.org,

2011. Retrieved on September 30, 2011 from http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=1917

Krell, Keith. Creative Genius. Bible.org, 2005. Retrieved on September 30, 2011 from http://bible.org/seriespage/creative-genius-genesis-11-2

-. Trivial Pursuits (Ecclesiastes), 2008. Retrieved on September 30, 2011 from http://bible.org/seriespage/trivial-pursuits/ecclessiastes-112-226

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