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Are Wisdom and Intelligence The Same?

We were having a conversation with our son about the difference between knowledge, intelligence, and wisdom. Even adults can confuse the three.

Knowledge is the ability to accumulate and understand information.

Intelligence is not only the ability to acquire, but apply that knowledge.

This is where some think that we’ve arrived at wisdom. Some assume that education alone will change the world. However, while vital, education does not necessarily make one wise. Some of the most wicked and/or foolish people in history were extremely intelligent.

Wisdom is being able to take all of that knowledge, experience, and intelligence and make good discernment and judgment.

The Bible story in the garden in Genesis 2 and 3 is all about wisdom. Adam and Eve can either seek their own wisdom by partaking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or they can depend on God for wisdom. One is the way of life (represented by its own tree) and one is the way of death. They choose their own wisdom and it all begins to unravel from there.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” - Psalm 111:10

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” - Proverbs 16:25

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just; by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”

Jesus Christ is the power and wisdom of God personified. (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

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