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How to Start Getting Smarter

Want to be wiser? Fear God more. That’s where getting smarter starts. While the atheistic world asserts that more enlightened people no longer have room for claiming to know that there is a God, God’s opinion is the opposite.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.Proverbs 9:10 ESV

Knowing more about the world begins with knowing the God who created the world. Understanding the meaning of life begins with understanding the Author of life. Some people believe that belief in God excludes the possibility of embracing all that science discovers. Others believe that scientific enlightenment eliminates the possibility that the Bible can be right about God as Creator. I believe the wisest people are those begin with God, embrace science, and embrace the tension between the two in such a way that both are affirmed.

If you really want to be smarter, start here: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…”

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Brandon Cox is Lead Pastor of Grace Hills Church, a new church plant in northwest Arkansas. He also serves as Editor and Community Facilitator for Pastors.com and Rick Warren's Pastor's Toolbox and was formerly a Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. In his spare time, he offers consultation to church leaders about communication, branding, and social media. He and his wife, Angie, live with their two awesome kids in Bentonville, Arkansas.