Proverbs 14:15-18

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Proverbs 14:15-18: The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps. A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident. A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man of wicked intentions is hated. The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.

Matthew 18:3: and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 18:17: Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”
1 Corinthians 1:20-27: Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? […] But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;
1 Corinthians 3:18-20: Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

Proverbs says that the prudent will carefully consider his beliefs, but Matthew and Luke say that you won't be saved unless you believe as a child, and First Corinthians says that the wisdom of the world is futile foolishness.

Contradictions:
1. We should carefully consider our beliefs != We should believe as a child.
2. We should carefully consider our beliefs != The wisdom of the world is futile foolishness.

(Solving: 1)

The verses from Matthew and Luke aren't telling us to hold onto our beliefs blindly, they're speaking of how we should be placing our trust in Jesus as our savior, even in times of doubt or when we don't understand something. This doesn't require that we no longer carefully consider our beliefs—it's speaking more of the attitude we have throughout it.

So although the Gospels are using the image of a child to symbolize our faith in God, they don't necessarily mean that every aspect of a child's thinking, such as unquestioning acceptance, apply to our actual salvation. In other words, believing as a child does not necessarily mean blind faith.

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