The Internalization of Wisdom, The Vulnerability of God
Tolerating universalistic conclusions from a text as dominant as the Old Testament is difficult to accept as blatant and forthright as it is. To simplify the mystifying force that gave birth to the earth and the waters and everything above and below them, the voice of creation and destruction, compassion and contempt, to a script to be comprehended by flesh and bone is a curious demand. Indeed it nurtures as many questions as it does answers. Perhaps there is no correct man made response to a Godly query. Man is confined to matter, forever enforcing limits, hence satisfying a divine inquisition may exist beyond our capacity. But do we exist outside our physical boundaries? Insight and perception as external and internal factors take on the form of wisdom, an attribute that could have the capabilities of fulfilling devoutly entrenched inquiries. However, passages in the Old Testament constantly warn of impending death for those who seek wisdom.
As a result, a recurring theme is focused on the appropriate balance between intelligence and wisdom.
Man, created in the image and likeliness of his Father, faced limitations regarding knowledge from his conception. In Genesis, the first man was put in the Garden of Eden, free to consume the fruits of any tree, except those of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In Amos, it is prophesized that man must seek goodness and not evil, and in doing so establish justice. However, to distinguish righteousness from malice requires a certain internalization of wisdom. Likewise, in a hypocritical approach, God accuses Job of giving counsel without knowledge. Conversely, if Job were equipped with knowledge he would be, according to the heed of God, met with death. God then proceeds to remind Job that...