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When does knowledge become knowledge?

It would have to depend upon whether it is based upon reliable data, data which is properly organized about reliable presumptions, and whether it is provable by repeated testing, whether it is possible to prove it wrong, and whether there are contradictory conclusions which can be accounted for.

Knowledge is something which is knowable. It must be able to stand the test of time. In fact true knowledge is incontestable in the end.

We have been using radio active decay principles to date many of our artifacts. At first it seemed to be the basis for knowledge. But as more consideration has been made of its reliability, this method is failing a great many tests of ‘at least’ the application of its use without considering some serious variables.

Consider this link which brings serious doubt on one area of reliability and application. http://www.icr.org/article/5656/

They Don’t Know What Truth Is?

Should it not be disturbing to a student if he were to learn that his professor seems to not know that truth is always is true? The meaning of truth references that which remains. It is something that does not deceive. The words “to know, knowledge, fact, and even information depend upon this understanding. Without truth, mathematics ceases to be understandable. Science becomes a myth. Logic is no longer logical.  Truth cannot come from that which is random for random is fraught with inconsistencies. Except it come from the source of intelligence, the Creator of Heaven and earth, meaning ceases to exist.

What is “knowledge”?

On facebook I asked the question, “What is ‘knowledge’?”

This is a question which would at first seem so simple, but in today’s world it would appear to be an unknown. I have studied on this for a number of weeks and am still puzzling out the definition and application of this term.

I hope that this turns into a discussion. Add to the comments.  Facebook input is included the  below:

‎”know (ing) there is a “ledge”. 🙂 – lds
Knowledge is knowing, wisdom is acting upon that knowledge. – mkh
Examples of attempts at application, questioning, and definition.

The Bible says “in the beginning, God created”, not in the beginning the goo oozed and then the Big Bang. -tm
The Bible says God formed man out of the dust of the earth and breathed life into his nostrils, not that man evolved from an ape. I don’t even see a mention of ape in the forming of man. -tm
The Bible says “in the beginning, God created”, not in the beginning the goo oozed and then the Big Bang. -tm
The Bible says God formed man out of the dust of the earth and breathed life into his nostrils, not that man evolved from an ape. I don’t even see a mention of ape in the forming of man. -tm
If the fear of the LORD is the “beginning” of knowledge, what is the full acquisition of knowledge? In other words, when does one fully arrive in the knowledge area? -tm
Knowledge is just the acquiring of information unless one FEARS the LORD. -tm

1 Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. ” I think that..Biblically.. the consummation of knowledge will be only when we see Jesus face to face and our sanctification is complete in Heaven. -jk

like that answer…but narrow it to our earthly pilgrimage. -tm
Well, I’m not certain that a person can “fully arrive in the knowledge area” this side of Heaven. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come,”(John 16:13) & “All Scripture is given by … See More inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16) I believe that the Word of God is all that God intends for us to know of Himself..this side of Heaven and that any knowledge not seen through the lens of Scripture and exposed by the Spirit will be skewed. Again, I’m not sure we ever “arrive”. Even in Heaven, I don’t think we will ever exhaust all there is to know of our God. As to our earthly pilgrimage, I believe we are to strive to know and enjoy more of Him every single day. -jk

How Do We Get To Wisdom?

There is a logical process by which intellectual thoughts rise from  statistical observations to the level of wisdom.

Data – Data is collected statistical observation or a record of an instance or sequence of experiences.

Information – Information is data that is organized into some kind of form or shape. It must be sufficiently recognizable that one might be able to make meaningful sense of it.

Knowledge – Knowledge is the interpretive view of information. Therefore information plus a world view raises this intellectual concept to the level of knowledge. But if the wrong world view is referenced, the product becomes compromised. True knowledge is information which is evaluated according to the view and perspective of the Creator God. I.e. Are you looking at things according to God’s world view? This is the first manifestation of the proper exercise of intelligence. Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

Understanding – Understanding is the ability to evaluate or separate  knowledge into its qualities. Is it good/bad; true/false; right/wrong; just/unjust; useful/vanity; pure/defiled; or holy/unholy? Proverbs 1:4 “…receive instruction of wisdom, justice, judgment, equity…”

Wisdom – Wisdom is making right decisions which result in right actions which glorify God both as to the process (means) and goals (objectives). These decisions are morally correct.

If one understands the thought process of how to arrive at wisdom, then wisdom is not so hard to achieve. Life can be very straight forward. It is only really difficult when one does not think God’s thoughts after Him.

When is knowledge attained?

Because “the fear of God is the beginning of knowledge,” it can be logically presumed that those who buy into secularism and atheism never rise to the level of knowledge in their work. How can they when there are no absolute foundations by which they might reference their activities. A controlling presumption they hold comes from the principle of that which is random. Value cannot be established by a coin toss unless you believe a superior or outside power orders the outcome of the coin’s informational result.

Proverbs 1:7

Collected Data Is Not Knowledge

Have you considered that there are multitudes of people who have spent decades of their lives collecting piles of observations. This data is stored in their brains, stuffed into filing cabinets, loaded onto hard drives and disks, piled in boxes, placed onto shelves, piled on table tops, hidden behind closet doors, and found toppling out of the corners of offices and storage rooms. All of this comes from individual observations and are collections of organized teams who track others to learn from their experiences.

This alone cannot be classified as either information or knowledge.

Consider others who have attended the universities of the world. They have attended lectures of noted academics who speak great and swelling words about all the data they have collected. They discuss with great dexterity their interpretation of it all. Those who are students then matriculate. Some do so maybe with great honors and advanced degrees. They go on to write a multitude of articles and books on various matters. The may travel and lecture and receive the praise of many distinguished personages, forums, and agencies.

All of this does not yet establish that they have attained to either information or knowledge.

It is not amazing that with all of this they suffer awful depression as they enter old age and realize that they have never risen above the status of the silly and the fool. They realize that they do not even yet know what is the source of knowledge. They do not perceive the purpose of knowledge. They do not even know how to use knowledge. What they thought was good was shown to them that in eternity to be the source of great evil.

Empty Information

Is this not the epitome of great emptiness? Is it not vanity? Does this not help explain why as many college level students observe and perceive emptiness of life and purpose? Is this not cause for many students contemplate suicide? Collegiate years and old age are the periods in life in which people do contemplate taking their lives. The young because they see no usefulness or value to life. The aged because they recognize that they have labored for empty reasons and they despair. The Bible is very clear about the reasons for making man and reasons for his service which are rewarded. But without knowledge, all is vanity.

Knowledge and information presume a moral base, according to Webster’s early dictionary. This is not an amoral matter as some might be want to think. Knowledge is irrevocably founded upon an individual’s acknowledgment of and fear of God, the Creator of All. It is the moral relationship of information and knowledge and the God which makes it all possible for one to perceive purpose and the usefulness of knowledge. One cannot organize the data of observation and experiences without knowing its purpose or moral significance. Its relationship to the Creator God and His created universe is primary to understanding.

When We Need Advice

When we need advice, where should we turn for this advice?

The first place is the Scriptures. Because the Scriptures have been given to us by the Almighty, Eternal, Omniscient Creator. It is always relevant, always true and unchanging. Sometimes we get the wrong notion that the Bible is old and therefore outdated, old fashioned, and lacking in usefulness in our day. But the truths of our eternal God never grow out of fashion nor usefulness because they manifest His character.

A second place to go to obtain advice might be our brothers and sisters in Christ. As we consider advice from them, we need to be sure that they hold to the ultimate standard in giving advice. This means that they are well studied in the Scriptures. The advice they give needs to come out of the scriptures as it is literally understood. Their advice cannot contradict Scriptures. It is never right to do wrong. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23) The foundation of faith is the evidence of the sure Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

It is always wrong to try to found righteous decisions upon the advice of the atheist, the heathen, the idolater, or any unbeliever. These sources or persons do not have knowledge concerning right things to do. In fact they technically have no knowledge at all. (Proverbs 1:7;  Proverbs 2:1-9) All they can share with you are observations and experiences. But because they fear not God they cannot put form or shape to these observations and experiences. One necessary form is that of righteousness. Another is perspective. They do not know right paths and are ever stumbling in the darkness of sin.

For a Christian to give advice which is questionable, or contrary to direct statements of Scripture is also a grievous thing. (1John 2:10)  A spiritual person should be able to discern between the spirits and to know when others might be leading them the wrong way. (1 John 4:1) The big question to ask is would God make this same decision? If not, then we ought not make that decision either. One of the most common errors today is to imply that something is right because other “Christians” do it. All this needs to be measured and quantified by what the Scriptures actually say and teach. Yes Paul the apostle called disciples to be “followers of me.” But the condition is “even as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1)  But be aware that “for many walk…are the enemies of the cross of Christ:) (Philippians 3:17-18)

So the call is to be perfect minded in Christ Jesus. Make right decisions. Make those decisions because they agree with Christ. Do not fall from the place of blessing. Know your decision is correct because you fear God above all else.

Ignoring the Admonitions of God!

God is one who not only created this world and all that is in it, but He designed patterns and ways by which the occupants – you and me – may find purpose, blessing, fulfillment, occupation, and peace.

Now has come a time when so much seems to be in turmoil. We have wars, economic collapse, earthquakes, storms and heat, unemployment, fears, family turmoil,…  It just seems to keep coming. To the general public there seems to come the question, “Why us?”

Proverbs 1:25  “But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:”

In all the communities I have seen, there is a rejection of God’s ways which seems to have no end. Even for those who show a superficial show of religion, the seriousness of really believing God is at a low ebb.

How many people can you point out who seriously understand that they should totally depend upon God for their daily living? How many show that they are in total subjection to their Creator? How many spend real time in reading their Bible regularly with the intent that they will conform their lives to what they learn? How many go to church to humble their hearts in the true thankfulness of worship of the Lord God Almighty? How many consult about the pleasure of God before entering into new activities or seek knowledge that the activities they now participate in are in total conformity to the will of God?

Is it any wonder then that God’s response is:

“I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:   For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:   They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.   Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.” (Proverbs 1:26 – 31)

Could it not be that even when they acknowledge the Lord, that they do it not in sincerity of repentance but rather with an expectation of “deserving relief”? Could it be that they still care not to fall in subjection to His will but would rather remain in the liberty of their own wicked devices? They know not from where real liberty comes because they are ignorant of the Word of God (most likely by their own choice and/or neglect).

Oh, they are likely to be most quick to blame God! But who is there that will take responsibility for their own waywardness and return to the Lord for the real sustenance of their need?

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Knowledge – its source is important.

As a student, are you keeping perspective? The university is not the source of knowledge. Its only capacity is to help you to search for knowledge and interact with it. But beware, knowledge is perverted when it is wrenched away from the recognition and context of its source. Proverbs 1:7.

As this happens, the student MUST return it to its proper context or suffer the consequences. You must go there already understanding the rules of the search and interaction process in principle or you will not recognize the twisted perspectives that will come from atheistically oriented professors and curriculum.

When one forsakes the God of knowledge, it is common that logic and reason are thrown out. Applications are improperly applied. Perspective is twisted. Truth is forsaken. Understanding is missed. Corruption becomes evident. Pains and sorrows of evil overcome those who follow after this form of life. It may also over wash the lives of others with collateral damage. Do you want to be responsible for this?

Jesus, Creator of the visible and invisible.

Who is Jesus? (3) “For by Him were all things created,..visible and invisible,..” (Colossians 1:16) In the days of Darwin, they eye was a simple mass of tissue and fluid. Today with microscopes, what was unseen then, is now known to have incredible complexity (energy making machines, roads, trucking devices operating in the cells). In all this we peek at evidence of the infinite foreknowledge of our God.