Where is the real standard of intelligence? What is the plumb line of understanding? Some would say definitively, standardized tests. Some would say something a little more broad like IQ tests. But does a perfect ACT or the highest IQ ever recorded of 228 make you definitively intelligent? Sure it does, but there’s more.
Information isn’t always the marker for knowledge or wisdom. I like science fiction shows and movies. Robots evolved in entertainment from the one in the 60’s TV series, Lost in Space, that shouted, “Danger Will Robinson”, to the ones who were more human. Typically, these robots or androids speak thousands of languages, have any data you would ever need, but also lack emotions. They haven’t quite yet grasped empathy, sympathy, or understand the passions and drive of man.
1 Corinthians 1:19 - For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Many times, we think because we have met certain requirements of standardized tests, because we have tapped into the psyche and inner workings of man and understand reason and passions - that surely we can fix ourselves. We know what we need and we work to change things for the better. And then God says, “Nope”.
Christ and the cross are foolishness. It’s surely stupidity because a man that gave up His life wasn’t strong enough to save Himself - how could He ever save us? It’s moronic to think that we have to go beneath ourselves in humility and surrender to what doesn’t make sense to our standardized informational minds. But in this truth is the power of God. If we could step away from our own intelligence and submit to the All Knowing God, we would see true wisdom and understanding.