The great ideal of this age

Something to chew on

Knowledge is often promoted as the great ideal of this age.
There are scientists, professors and academics in abundance all pursuing advancement in knowledge. However, it seems the more academic knowledge a man acquires, the more it leads him away from the reality of true wisdom and a proper course of life. For wisdom is more than knowledge.
It is the right use and application of knowledge rather than passive knowledge itself.

Knowledge balance sheet - accounting knowledge
Knowledge balance sheet – accounting knowledge (Photo credit: Wissensbilanz)

Scientific knowledge has no capacity to extricate any of us from this present evil environment. A man may understand all of the incredible physical logics of the universe yet be no wiser in the course of salvation than an uneducated child. His brilliant knowledge blinds him to the saving hope of the Word of Truth.

True wisdom can be defined as doing that which is for the best in view of a present condition. It possibly may not be what we intend to be the best and easiest, for “it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.” How then do we decide what is the better course? How do we make the correct and wise choice for ourselves and our families?

By constant daily re-education and reading of God’s Word. The pathway to true wisdom is seen in the absorption of the principles of God and the acknowledging that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Such an attitude only comes by allowing divine knowledge to have its full and proper impact.

Classical Definition of Kno
Classical Definition of Kno (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A knowledge develops into wisdom when it becomes practical, useful, real and rewarding. The world might consider God’s Word as foolish and pointless, but it will ultimately be seen to be far superior, as Paul expressed “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.”

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Bro John A (NZ) 48b – collated from many brothers’ contributions


  • Knowledge (
    What is knowledge?  Let’s look at the actual definition:
  • Respect for the House of God (
    Some Christians are loosing their fear of God, even with the watered down definition. The Scriptures teach that the fear of God is the beginning of both knowledge and wisdom.Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

    Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

    I Peter 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”


  • April Fools: Time to fear the Lord and seek knowledge (
    Solomon has written Proverbs (his parts) simply for us to gain wisdom.
    There is always much more to learn. As we dig deeper into Proverbs, much will be revealed to us. We will learn to discren right from wrong, a line that is becoming so blurred today that in some places it’s invisible.
  • Birds of Wisdom (
    Ancient wisdom–in a way–is much more advanced than our own contemporary knowledge that we place so highly on a pedestal. We have technological advances that seem to dwarf the achievements of yesterday, but this so called progress paves over the once undeniable truths that were naturally known so long ago. We live among oceans of knowledge, but we’ve yet to drink even a drop of wisdom.
  • Proverbs 1-2 (
    A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels
  • Knowledge coupled with wisdom or lack thereof in academia (
    In regard to the acquirement of knowledge, Alfred Whitehead (English mathematician/philosopher of the 20th century) wrote the following: “…If you have much to do with the young as they emerge from school and from the university, you soon note the dulled minds of those whose education has consisted in the acquirement of inert [unused] knowledge. …Furthermore, this overhaste to impart mere knowledge defeats itself. The human mind rejects knowledge imparted in this way. … The discipline, when it comes, should satisfy a natural craving for the wisdom which adds value to bare experience.
    [W]isdom is the way in which knowledge is held. It concerns the handling of knowledge, its selection for the determination of relevant issues, its employment to add value to our immediate experience… The importance of knowledge lies in its use, in our active mastery of it—that is to say, it lies in wisdom.” In other words, knowledge needs to be directed towards an end, the betterment of our situation (which I take as both personal and societal).
  • Fear the Lord (
    when God made man He told him that true wisdom is “the fear of the Lord”
    Unfortunately, Adam and Eve sought wisdom in the tree of knowledge instead (Genesis 3:6) and soon were hiding themselves in fear.
    the atheist cannot reverence and honour God and in this instalment, show that the “humanist” or “secular humanist” as sometimes called joins the atheist with the same limitation; their philosophies make the fear of the Lord impossible.
    To the believer, the word of God is the truth, Jesus is the truth and there is nothing relative about it, only truth to be believed, understood, received and obeyed. Does that tie the believer’s intellect to a tree and give it a circumference of limits?
    The humanist is hiding behind a finger, choosing not to see or acknowledge the power of the creator behind the natural world on which he places so much reliance.
    Even though his intellect and understanding of the world inclines him to think that “a deity may be on the throne”, he chooses to make nothing of it and gives this truth no bearing on his life. Pride comes before a fall is the testimony of the scriptures and this shall surely come to pass if the humanist does not repent.
  • The five types of knowledge (
    It is helpful to see knowledge in five distinct ways.If we suppose that that the sum of possible knowledge in the Cosmos in a given moment is “common”.  That we also suppose that an individual or group of people have a relationship with the “common”.  We may consider that there exists with these two suppositions five types of knowledge.
  • Wisdom vs Knowledge (
    Actually if wisdom grew on trees it would not help human our society.

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