Living Outside the Box of Knowledge - Friday November 27, 2015
If anyone advocates a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing; but he has a morbid interest in controversial questions and disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, and constant friction between men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. 1 Timothy 6:5
Have you ever talked with someone who was not really interested in learning more about you or your position but just in showing how smart he was? That is the kind of person Paul is instructing Timothy to be wary of. "Knowledge is Power" is preached by School House Rock, and indeed knowledge is a good thing as opposed to ignorance or intellectual laziness.
Some, however, use knowledge as a weapon of control. Thus, if I know more than you, I should be in charge. Paul states that godliness and Christ-like character are really the goal of our instruction, not just gaining knowledge.
I have a book called Christian Theology by M.J. Eriksson. It has 1312 pages with 60 sections, small type, and is about 2 1/2 inches thick. I have read it and done all the study questions. After going through it, I was stunned to find out I had gotten no closer to experiencing the manifest presence of God. After all is said and done, my brain hurts, and my heart is empty.
So you know a lot-so what? Knowledge cannot replace love or purity or a good conscience or a sincere faith or a relationship with the Creator. Live outside the box of how smart you are or trusting in the intelligence of man.
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