Scripture says God has made the wisdom of the world foolishness. It is as if he’d rather we didn’t use reason. No debate, no wisdom seeking. Remain as sheep willing to follow.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
~1 Corinthians 1:18-25
This is why for so long I didn’t seek wisdom outside of scripture. Some speak of scripture, tradition and reason. Clearly this scripture above slams any tradition or reason that isn’t in keeping with the wisdom of God. Where does that wisdom come from? I had been taught that the wisdom of God came from scripture. What is tradition if it is not an outflow of what is taught in scripture? Before someone comments that there were followers before there was a Bible, I will say there was scripture before there were followers. Certainly not the Bible as we know it, but scripture nonetheless. What scripture, then, did the Bereans search daily to see for themselves if Paul was right in his teaching?
Where does tradition come from? Where does tradition go? If the scriptures of the New Testament were not penned before there were followers, where did scripture come from? It came from those followers observing tradition. They wrote that tradition. That is the New Testament. Not all off tradition, of course. But does your tradition negate scripture? I’m thinking not. Those early followers wrote that tradition, the essentials of it, down for future generations.
Perhaps they didn’t write it sooner because they thought Christ would be returning in their lifetime, so what would be the need? When they realized that wouldn’t happen they thought they’d better make a record of it.
At any rate scripture plainly says that the wisdom of this world is foolishness. And that is why I didn’t seek it. That is why I accepted the creation account at face value. That is why I continued to accept all of scripture as literal and inerrant. That is why I rationalized genocide, slavery and oppression. That is why I left my own reasoning where God was concerned behind.