Is It Possible To Be Highly Knowledgeable And Yet Remain Ignorant Of The Truth

Paul thought so as he observed the religious practices of his day. They are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7)


That being the case, let me suggest three reasons as to how this is possible:


1. We are learning too much


Information overload.


Because knowledge spells power and survival, we are continually packing our minds with new information and knowledge. We err, however, if we assume the Holy One will be known in such fashion.


Spiritual truth is revealed to us by the Spirit in moments of quiet and unhurried reflection and contemplation. The seeming slowness of that process is often difficult for us to accept, especially if we are conditioned to stuffing in knowledge through condensed articles, tapes, and other forms of mini information bites.


2. We are learning the wrong “stuff


Much of what we learn lies outside the boundaries of God’s intended knowledge for us, thus polluting the inner springs of our soul.


I want you to be wise in that which is good, and innocent in what is evil.” (Romans 16:19b)


3. We are hindered in our learning by our pride


In their blinding arrogance, the Jews and Greeks demanded of God that He package His truth through the medium of attesting miracles and human wisdom:


For indeed Jews ask for signs, and Greeks search for wisdom.” (1 Corinthians 1:22)


In response however to their obdurate conceit, God reminded them that He would only be known through humility and brokenness:


Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish (literally: a “moron”) that he may become wise.” (1 Corinthians 3:18b)


So today, if you sense you are lacking in your knowledge of the God of truth, it may be well to reassess what you are learning and how.



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