“If any man think himself to be…spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.”
The vast majority of the things we “know” are not experimental in nature, but derived from an outside authority. The moon landing was either a monumental achievement or a monumental hoax based solely on whose authority you choose to believe. I am convinced experimental knowledge trumps, authority. Tell me that prayer is speaking to a non-existent figment of my deluded imagination, tell me fervently and with authority. However, if I pray and my thinking and my circumstances are altered, I will continue to pray. As we old folks say, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
That said, it is true that there are some things that no amount of authority can overcome. This is especially true in the realm of the spirit. There are spiritual things in this life that need to be seen but that cannot with any measure of outside direction be shown.
Have you ever tried to point out a deer concealed in the trees to a companion? You keep directing them and pointing but they just can’t see it. It’s not a defect of their vision. It is a matter of perception.
In the same way, there are truths that we can only see for ourself. No amount of help from friends, parents or near kin, no matter how sincere and well-meaning, can “make” people see. If you find yourself pointing without effect…quit and let life take over.
Solomon is known for his wisdom. Those who know him a little better, know him for being a fool on a grand scale. So, perhaps he is an authority on both wisdom and foolishness. Here are a couple of things he had to say on the matter.
“Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.”
“Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.”