We tend to deceive ourselves. When we get a little education we think that we know something. I often think of Richard Dawkins as the pinnacle of this kind of pride. A little knowledge in his speciality gives him authority to talk in areas he knows very little. He reduces the world to what he can see and investigate, he has a sense of wonder, but not a sense of the transcendant. We are all like this. Limited by our own capacity we think that we have a grasp on things when we really have a grasp on so little. Thankfully the infinite God has opened up all things to us through Christ. Everything is ours in Christ. That should lead to unity because no-one has more than anyone else.
1 Corinthians 3:18-23
18Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”[a]; 20and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”[b] 21So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas[c] or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
- What should the Corinthians not do?
- What should a person not boast about?
- What things belong to the Corinthians and why?
- What latest discoveries, inventions, or thoughts are you versed in?
- How can you avoid lording it above those who don’t know what you know?