Didn’t mean to get so many of you all riled up with my ruminations on education.
Ok, actually I did.
So, am I some sort of holy-roller, backwoods, snaggletoothed, ignorant hillbilly who handles snakes and drinks poison? Do I disdain education as a creation of the devil and assume that ignorance is bliss? Just what is wrong with me?
If things are viewed in their proper perspective, the acquisition of information, knowledge, can be powerful. If viewed wrongly, it will castrate you spiritually. I still have the scars to prove that one.
Jesus was about as straightforward as he could be when telling his disciples about the Spirit’s role in their lives. In fact, he stated that if he, Jesus, didn’t leave, the disciples would never receive the Spirit. He, Jesus, could not teach them what they needed to know, could not open their hearts and their minds in the intimate way the Spirit could. He laid down the smack: you need the Spirit or you’ll never get anywhere just hanging around me.
“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. —John
Pardon me for attempting to be exegetically and hermeneutically correct, but what in the world is Jesus saying here if it isn’t what he is saying? What part of “guide you into all truth” doesn’t cover “all” truth?
Knowledge can be attained through guidance by the Spirit. Reading and studying materials that broaden your scope of understanding in the natural world of the Word’s value will reap benefits in the spiritual. The value can be incalculable IF it is secondary and subservient to the Spirit’s professorial role.
In that role, knowledge becomes ammunition in your spiritual assault weapon. With the Spirit downloading into your databank, the accumulation of information makes you a deadly threat to the enemy.
Go ahead, make my day!