“Knowledge” is not Understanding Truth    


     “Knowledge” is not Understanding Truth                 

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning (John 1: 1-2).

“Knowledge” belongs to this world and “Truth” belongs to God who is love. Intellectuals and, or learned peoples have endeavored in their lives to acquire to the full extent of knowledge in this world by specializing in a specific field of knowledge and thus have become experts or specialists in a particular know-how that not many can surpass beyond that bound. But this kind of intellect which is not an understanding of the Truth no matter how extensive or deep it is in itself, an invisible limit, beyond which is still unfathomable. For life is too short to be able to learn and perceive the “unknown”. Therefore, the acquired knowledge by itself is not the absolute truth and cannot replace our persevering efforts to understanding the Truth. Even academically, if we possess a number of doctorates, we’ll have nothing when we do not have understanding of the absolute Truth in our hearts.

Julie Ackerman Link says in “Hidden Mysteries” (Our Daily Bread of June 26. 2015)—

Most of what goes on in the universe we never see. Many things are too small or move too fast or even too slow for us to see. . . . .

Our limited ability to see the awesome and intricate detail of things in the physical world reminds us that our ability to see and understand what’s happening in the spiritual realm is equally limited. God is at work all around us doing things more wonderful than we can imagine.  But our spiritual vision is limited and we cannot see them. . . . . (Link).

So the absolute truth is often unknown and, or distorted, and not understood. From the time of birth we started to experience what have been going around us. We have had gained experience in unique ways. Our so-called “unique characters” so developed in us were the consequential products of the circumstances we, through our minds’ eyes, saw, thought, judged and have gone through.  Our natural visions have limitations to the complete development of our characters. Actually, the absolute truth has been blurred in the mind of the individual self. In other words, we cannot in fact see and understand the absolute truth without the grace of God.

Jesus Christ while dying for sinners of this world on the cross said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23: 34, NIV). Are we aware that we know not what we know not?

Oftentimes, we know not what we know not; sometimes, although we know what we know not, we often proudly claim that we know what we know. In fact, what we know is our perception of things since the commencement of lives. Therefore, what we know is not the absolute truth we know. Is there, then, anyone who in humanity can see and understand the absolute truth?

The absolute truth is God—the Creator.“God is love” (1 John 4: 16, NIV ). If we have no love in us, we have no God in our hearts. In His prayer for the disciples Jesus said:

My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is the truth (John 17: 15 – 17, NIV). (Emphasis is mine).

Then what did Jesus say in His prayer for all believers? Jesus said:

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one. Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they maybe one as we are one. I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me (John 17:20 – 23, NIV).

Jesus called those who judge others hypocrites, because He said: 

Do not judge, or you too will be judged . . . Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” (Mathew 7:1 – 5, NIV).

 The proverbial plank obscures reality, i.e., the absolute truth.  But we may firmly believe in our sub-conscious minds what we know and hence our behavior would be reflected in our thoughts–that becomes actions towards others. Then we may easily fall into the habit of being judgmental towards others. Yet we may not know our behavior would be anti-social–unacceptable among people.

How can we get out of the snare that we believe what we know? Actually, we know not what we know not? The way to the spiritual realm and to know and understand the Word which is the absolute truth is to pray consistently to our God for wisdom of understanding like King Solomon did.

If any of you, lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously in all without finding fault, and it will be given to him (James 1:5. NIV).

. . . He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. . . .  (Isaiah 2:3, NIV.)

[He] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; [He] will counsel you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8, NIV).

To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. . .  (Ecclesiastes 2:26, NIV).

If you learn to surrender totally yourselves to God and ask for His pardon in contrite repentance, the Holy Spirit “. . . will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over you coming and going both now and forevermore” (Psalm 121:7-8).

Let us pray–

Heavenly Father,

We pray that you will give us wisdom–wisdom to discern the knowledge of this world and what is the knowledge of God? We may not know we’ll never understand by ourselves the absolute truth as we often behave in a self-centered manner as though we know what we know, but in fact, quite often we do not know.

Father, have mercy on us!  Forgive our ignorance and pretense for we do not know what we are doing. We ask for our deeper understanding of You.

In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

 

 

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About Francis Loo

I'm a retired landed property professional since 2005 with 57 years working experience, 41 of which related to landed property in Valuation, Property Management, Lease Negotiation etc., in Hong Kong, Toronto and Vancouver. A Guide to Effective Property Management in Hong Kong published in 1991 and translated in 1998 for Chun San University external training courses. Have been contributing biblical articles to Truth Monthly after retirement.
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