Puttin’ bullets in my gun

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!


2 responses to “Puttin’ bullets in my gun

  1. patrickandchristy

    Too much knowledge can be just as dangerous as too little knowledge but I’d take one grain of knowledge given to me by the Holy Spirit than all the knowledge ever contained in this world and from this world.

    You cannot seek both the Holy Spirit and knowledge. If you desire knowledge, then you have to seek the Holy Spirit first and foremost because He is the source of all spiritual knowledge that actually leads to Christ and Christ-like servant-hood. We have to place everything in its proper order: Holy Spirit leads to knowledge, knowledge doesn’t lead to the Holy Spirit.

  2. patrickandchristy

    The Holy Spirit is the Teacher. Without the Holy Spirit then you have no one to teach us the things and ways of God.

    That’s why a teenager in Ubauna is whooping up on satan and winning lost souls for Christ because he/she is being taught by the Holy Spirit. The awesome thing in this situation is this…The Holy Spirit is teaching Audrey who in turn is teaching the teenager who in turn is also being taught directly by the Spirit. Now tell me, how can this teenager not know the ways of God in this situation and be a warrior for Christ?

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