Faith vs. Knowledge (4)

Socrates once said, “If we only know the good, we will do it.”  In other words, education is the solution to the problem.  At a cursory glance, that seems  to be the case.  After all, what we consider to be civilized societies, make education a large part of who they are.  But is Socrates correct through out?  Does knowledge prevent all problems?

We all know people who have experienced trouble because of ignorance.  A lack of knowledge always carries consequences.  On the other hand, many live their lives with the mantra “Ignorance is bliss.”  Perhaps this is because we realize when we know something, we’re expected to use that same knowledge.  Knowledge means responsibility or certain expectations.  Do you ever notice a homeless person on the side of the road and act like you’re busy?  Willard points out, if you look, your knowledge has required you to deal with the present circumstance.

The prophet Hosea writes, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me.  And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.(4:6)

It’s clear that we must be about obtaining the knowledge God makes available – not only for our sake, but for the sake of those who follow.  What will you learn today for the sake of those who follow you?

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4 Responses to “Faith vs. Knowledge (4)”

  1. The whole book of 1 John speaks of “knowing” and not forgetting what we know – what’s been known always – and it distinctively separates those who know and those who do not (know love, truth, Jesus, God, Spirit) – This book continuously says “this is how we know:”

    We are actually choosing to “look away” when we do not seek out the knowledge in Gods Word ourselves – and yet, that’s okay with a lot of Followers of Christ… It can’t be enough to only hear it at church.

    • Yes. Yes! YES! I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for the reminder of 1 John.

      • Brother, let’s no be forgotten! In the past, before I cam to know and love Jesus, I would turn a blind eye to circcumstances that made me uncomfortable. Withe the knowledge and personal experiences that I have now I can no longer do these things. We are all called to serve and our time is limited. We should all strive to do all that we can for our brothers and sisters. We are just a heartbeat away form judgement, can we afford, as followers of Christ to do anything diffrent from His example?

      • The quick answer is “No!” We can’t afford anything less Larry. And I’m grateful that 1) You’ve come to know Jesus; 2) God has allowed me to be a part of seeing you grow; and 3) I look forward to what He’s going to do through you in the future. Love you man!

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