Do not claim to be wiser than you are (Romans 12: 16) is often used as an excuse for our stupidity. It is often used as a preventative for study, research, inquiry and intensive seeking for truth. In fact, we often exalt stupidity. When someone shouts louder with more confidence about something that is totally ludicrous, many marvel at the person s faith. Besides, this passage, Do not claim to be wiser than you are is written to the Roman congregation. Imagine that! These people must ve been able to, at some level, understand this letter one of the most perplexing of all the letters in the New Testament, and probably the most profound document in the entire bible. Luther claimed that if you understood Romans, you would understand all of scripture. Karl Barth wrote his commentary on Romans and shook the theological world forever. So Paul is probably encouraging already extremely wise people just to not let it go to their heads. Let s study, research, inquire, and seek for truth without fear!