There is a difference between being wise and being able to recall information. In this article, I will explain the difference.
Fountains of Wisdom
In this article, wisdom is the possession of a true proposition. Those who are wise know a lot of things that are true; they also know why those beliefs are true. These people have beliefs that are well grounded and are both true and defensible. These people are consistent in their thinking and can reach the same conclusion on multiple occasions. This is because the underlying principles in their belief systems are sturdy and unchanging. It is like having a tour guide who has a map and can guide people to the same destination every time they are asked.
Fountains of Information
In this article, information is a proposition that can be possessed. People who are fountains of information have a lot of information, but they cannot discern which information is true or false. These people may be well educated because they went to school, they read a lot of books, or have viewed educational videos. They have a lot of ideas and data memorized, and they are familiar with different views on complicated issues. These people are intelligent, but they are still unable to discern what is true from what is false. They are intelligent people who are lost in the information they have learned. Some of the information they have might be true so perhaps they will still get some benefit from what they have learned, but they may not be able to reach the correct conclusions consistently. It is like a tour guide who doesn’t have a map. They may be able to get you to the right destination every once in a while, but they may not be able to do it every time.
As followers of Yeshua, we should strive to be fountains of wisdom so that we may guide people to the truth of the Bible. We should not look at those who are fountains of information as idiots. Clearly, if they are trying to learn new things, there is something they are looking for. It is our job to direct them to the truth so that they can too can become fountains of wisdom.