Friday I was talking with a friend, and we discussed the difference between seeking truth and poking holes in every idea. Scoffing and sincere questioning don’t always look that different. I think that motivation may be the dividing line between hunger for understanding that requires critical thinking and a critical spirit. The word philosophy actually means a friend of wisdom. I want to walk through life, not just friendly towards what’s right, good, true, wise, but I want to be the companion of the Truth.
3Who is wise and understanding among you?(K) By his good conduct let him show his works(L) in the meekness of wisdom. 14But if you have bitter(M) jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15This is not(N) the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual,(O) demonic. 16For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17But(P) the wisdom from above is first pure, then(Q) peaceable, gentle, open to reason,(R) full of mercy and good fruits,(S) impartial and(T) sincere. 18And(U) a harvest of righteousness(V) is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:12-18