Educated Fool

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It’s like we’re following after our role model Eve,

When she found that apple attractive,

It wasn’t an apple she was after,

It was the satisfaction of wisdom from other masters…

Take me back to the garden where we all started doubting.

Educated Fool by Jackie Hill Perry

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves covering.

– Genesis 3:2-7

If it took three days for Christ to rise, and He died on Good Friday, how can Sunday be the day of His resurrection?…the thoughts of an educated fool (aka me).  A person who knows everything about nothing. A person so caught up in being right, that I always end up being wrong. Shoutout to Eve, for reminding me that I’m not alone. Just like me, Eve wanted to know more. She was surrounded by so much opportunities that she just wanted to know a bit more. Enquiring minds, leading weak flesh into a trap that could destroy our souls. I say ‘our’ and not ‘my’ because I know that I’m not the only one. I don’t really like apples, but I love a good book. A book that feeds my mind but still leaves my soul malnourished. Food for the cynic. Drinks for the doubters.

We can get so caught up in logic and reason that we neglect our faith. It doesn’t matter if there aren’t three days in between the resurrection. The main point is that He rose! He is Risen! He defeated death! He was and always will be the ultimate sacrifice.

Wisdom is not a bad thing. Solomon was one of the wisest men to have existed and he was praised for being wise. What Eve has shown me is that I should be careful where I get my knowledge from. Many seek to indoctrinate and educate me but very few know the truth. This is evident in my studies. I have read the works of some intelligent men. Reinhold Niebuhr, Vladimir Lenin, Thomas Hobbes, Alexander Wendt, Karl Marx and Arturo Escobar have really shaped the way that I view the world. However, I have to be cautious. I am learning how to use them as a lens to view the world and not as my eyes. I have to constantly remind myself that I need to ensure that I am rooted in the Word of God. Niebuhr is Christian realist, so a lot of what he says is referenced to scriptures. However, with the other thinkers, many oppose God. Therefore I have to be cautious.

The more I read, the more I realise just how valuable the Bible is. The Bible has the solution to so many of the world’s problems. If you ever want to know why there are so many unhappy celebrities, just read Ecclesiastes. If you ever want to know why wars occur, just read the book of James. If you ever want to know why there is so much inequality, read the book of Matthew.

Eve was in such a privileged position but she did not realise it. She was in the presence of God. She was able to speak to Him so easily. God loved her so much. If she asked Him a question, He would have probably given her the answer. But she wasn’t satisfied. She wanted more. So she swallowed Wikipedia. She learnt many valuable things but also a lot of pointless things. She got her knowledge from the wrong source. I can relate to her so much. I want to know a lot about creation but I don’t even bother to ask the Creator or even want to know a lot about Him.

Let’s go back to the garden. The problem is, is that we can’t go back. Once you’ve bitten the apple, you can’t just instantly forget all that you have learnt and stick the piece of the apple back on. It’s just not the same. But one thing that we can do is turn to God.

May the Spirit be our teacher, in this lesson that we call life.

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