Does Being A Christian Make Me Smart?

WORDS FROM W.W. May 30, 2011
There’s all kinds of studies and research available today on a variety of subjects. Mice are used to provide a number of findings to us about high cholesterol, the effects of too much of “whatever” in people, and on and on.
Here’s a couple of findings that I bet you didn’t know?
Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
Wolves are capable of traveling over 100 miles in a day, and to go days without food. They can also eat 20 pounds of meat in a single sitting.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
I’m amazed at all the research that educates me.
Here’s another research finding. Being a Christian does not make a person smarter.
Some in the thinking community believe that being a Christian actually shows how unintelligent a person is. I couldn’t disagree more, but I also know that being a follower of Jesus does nothing for my IQ either.
Spiritual wisdom is written in a different book than mental capabilities. Maturing spiritually is in a different zip code than understanding algebra.
In fact, the longer I’m a follower of Jesus I realize how little I do know. It’s not a God-guilt trip that has been inflicted on me, but perhaps a clearer picture of my intellectual limitations. My commitment to Christ will not get me closer to being a Jeopardy contestant. I know as little about 19th Century Art now as I did several years ago.
Most importantly, there is a difference between “Biblical knowledge” and “understanding how the Bible impacts my life and guides me on my daily path.”
My grandfather might say something like this: “Intelligence got nuthin to do with not being stupid.” As we walk with the Lord, let’s hope that our being led by Spirit will magnify our wisdom! That our spiritual maturity will be less about facts and figures, and more about faith and faithfulness.

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