Professing Themselves to be Wise

Why is it that those who have never studied a topic, and yet are confident they know everything they need to and have no need to learn anything, seem to be the most likely to quote Paul’s words in Romans 1:22, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” and do so thinking it applies to the person they are talking to and not to themselves? It is such a sad irony, when people manage to plunder the Bible for projectiles to hurl at others, but seem to miss that the very words they cast about would teach them to be humble and to seek to learn, if only they would listen to them, instead of assuming that they only apply to others.

  • http://historical-jesus.info/ Bernard Muller

    I think Paul was very clear in Romans 1:23-31 on who the “they” were among his contemporaries.
    Things have changed, even among liberal/progressive Christians, especially concerning Romans 1:26b-27.
    I do not see how some Christian leaders can be blamed by quoting Romans 1:22 against those specified in Romans 1:26b-27.
    Cordially, Bernard

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I think that quoting 1:22 in condemnation of others, when Paul is there imitating a Jewish view of Gentiles that he is going to say leads those who have that view into judgment, is very ironic.

  • Daniel Szakalski

    Ezekiel 28:3 Are you wiser than Daniel? Is no secret hidden from you? Daniel is one of my favorite books, then again i guess there all my favorite. the Entire bible is for our learning and for me as a Gentile in the age of Grace, The apostle Paul is a Great place to study in romans to philemon.

    • AJ

      Lay Off the Meth Dan.


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