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The Foolishness Of Preaching

Corinthians 1:21 says, "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the FOOLISHNESS OF PREACHING to save them that believe. What does this scripture imply to you?

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First the passage is 1 Corinthians 1:21 not Corinthians 1:21.
Those of the world think the gospel is foolish but even the most "foolish" thing about GOD is wiser than the wisdom of the world. Look to verses 25,27.
---MissionSoldier on 6/2/08

1Cr 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty,

1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

1Cr 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
---Andrea on 8/26/07

"Because the carnal mind is enemity [hostile, hateful] against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Ro. 8:1-17

1 Cor. 1:21 clearly implies those who follow the ways of the flesh (carnality) are self-deceived by thinking the preaching of the Gospel is foolishness. They just don't get it! (Is. 55:6-11) However, souls who hear, believe & follow God's Spirit will be saved.
---Leon on 8/11/07

I agree with Marcia and Robin. The Pharisees and Sadducees considered the Law to be wisdom and what Jesus and his disciples preached to be "foolishness." There will always be those who believe Satan and deny the Gospel due to its alleged lack of scientific proof. They, in other words, consider themselves wiser than God to deny Him.
---melissa on 8/10/07

I think its pretty self explanatory when you turn on TBN. Even tho it is through these earthen vessels the word comes the word still has the power of life and salvation. Even the least things of God are so much better then anything that man has to offer.
---Andrea on 8/9/07

It means something as simple as speaking the Word of God can result in a person becoming born again and experiencing the forgiveness of personal sins. Joy9988
---joy9988 on 8/9/07


I can't argue with that, I too have witnessed the same from some apostate preachers.

Anyways, the scripture in 1 Cor. 1:21 is implying to me that preaching is foolish because it is based on faith, the unseen, it can neither be proven or disproven. This is why it is foolish. The opposite of foolish preaching would be science. Science gives us evidence that can be agreed apon and understood in the light of the natural. To the world Preaching is just a lot of hot air and a waste of time.
---Marcia on 8/9/07

The greatest of this world's wisdom is insufficient to reconcile us to God. People are saved by believing a message that the world's "wise" considers foolish.
---robin8683 on 8/9/07

Notice it says to save them that believe. Not those who don't. Beating people over the head with a Bible who admit they don't believe. Also a warning not to forsake the assembling. Some will never hear. Sadly some who assemble will never hear as well. Due to man's wisdom using the word to manifest fleshly lusts, abominable heresy and judgmental attitudes. The gospel of salvation always has and always will be a spiritual work to those who believe.
---Frank on 8/9/07

Jack, As far as those on TV, unfortunately you are correct. There are exceptions... but most are out to promote themselves and fill their pockets... (heavy sigh)
---daphn8897 on 8/9/07

I think that this means that God deliberately chose an inefficient (i.e. "foolish") mechanism for spreading the gospel - basically by word of mouth - rather than some more direct approach (like, say, appearing directly in sky and saying "listen up people!").
---Mark on 8/9/07

Judging from what I see on TV and read here, most pop-evangelicals seem to think that "foolishness of preaching" means the same thing as "preaching foolishness."
---Jack on 8/9/07

I think it shows that they were exulting in human wisdom, which is foolishness in the things of God.
---Cynthia on 8/8/07

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