What’s information in line with the Bible? – Bible Type

What’s information in line with the Bible?

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Did you know that the tallest, tallest, and oldest trees in the world are in California? The trunk of the first contains 52,500 cubic feet of wood, enough to produce 8.2 million books that would flood the libraries of any American university – with only five exceptions. This is a lot of wood! The other two California trees of superlatives are 380 feet tall (think England's famous Big Ben) and 5,069 years old (think 1,000 years before Genesis 12).

Some fun facts, but no real knowledge. Just like old phone books: a million facts, but nothing that would change your life.

In the Bible, "knowledge" refers to examples, truths, and commandments that God wants us to know, believe, and observe. Do you remember the Garden of Eden? Lots of wonderful trees, but God said one was forbidden to Adam and Eve. God called it the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2: 9; Genesis 2:17).

"Good" knowledge is what God wants us to know, believe and observe. "Evil" knowledge is what Satan wants us to know, believe and pay attention to. It didn't start with Eva's first bite. Instead, it started with everything the snake said – that Eva decided to believe.

What knowledge is not

1. Real knowledge is not a list of boring facts. Instead, as mentioned above, it refers to examples, truths, and commandments that God wants us to know, believe, and observe.

2. Biblically speaking, knowledge is not morally and ethically neutral. It is either "good" or "bad". That is why the apostle Paul says: "I want you to be wise what is good and innocent to be bad" (Romans 16:19).

3. Knowledge is not sourceless. Real knowledge always comes from God and his word. So-called knowledge always comes from the world, the flesh and the devil. Never trust your heart, which in itself is terribly deceiving (Jeremiah 17: 9).

4. Knowledge is not harmless. The so-called knowledge of the devil is supposed to kill, steal and destroy us (John 10:10). No wonder he loves telling a truth, a half-truth and a lie. Never fall for this trick. It is as old as the garden and often as deadly. That is why it is so important to put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6: 11-17).

5. "Good" knowledge is not for the few. Instead, "God, our Redeemer … wants all people to be saved and come to know the truth" (1 Timothy 2: 3-4). Therefore: “When someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it” (1 Peter 3:15, NLT).

6. "Good" knowledge is not learned through osmosis. This is why Proverbs 22: 6 tells us: "Put your children on the right path, and when they are older they will not leave him." The latter is not a promise, but it is the likely outcome of the former.

7. Real knowledge is not enough. Ask God to give you distinction, insight, understanding, and wisdom. Everyone is an important step in the right direction. Therefore, it can pay off to think long and hard about God's Word (meditate) (Psalm 1; Psalm 19; Psalm 119). Ultimately, however, God's ways are incredibly higher than we think or can imagine (Isaiah 55: 9).

What is knowledge

1. Real knowledge comes from God the Father (James 1: 16-18), God's Son Jesus Christ (John 14: 6) and God's Holy Spirit (1 John 2: 20-27).

2. Real knowledge was taught by the apostles and early followers of Jesus Christ. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to teaching the apostles and to the community, breaking bread, and praying.”

3. Real knowledge is something we get from God's Word. May we be like Ezra who “devoted himself to the study and observance of the law of the Lord and the teaching of His decrees” (Ezra 7:10).

Confirm Biblical Truths

1. I believe God knows everything – even what's in the human heart (Genesis 20: 6; 1 Kings 8:39; Chronicles 29:17; Psalm 44:21; Psalm 94:11; Proverbs 24:12; Matthew 6 : 4; Luke 16:15; Acts 15: 8).

2. I believe God is much wiser than anyone can imagine (Deuteronomy 29:29; Psalm 147: 5; Jeremiah 32:19; Daniel 2:20; Romans 11:33; Romans 16:27; 1. Corinthians 1: 20-25)).

3. I think nothing is more important than knowing God (Matthew 4: 18-20; Matthew 6:24; Matthew 6: 31-33; Matthew 10:37; Matthew 16: 19-22; Mark 2:14).

4. I believe that those who refuse to know God will be put on trial (Matthew 7: 22-23; John 3: 18-19; John 16: 8-9).

5. I believe God is the source of all true knowledge and wisdom (1 Kings 4:29; Proverbs 2: 6; Daniel 2:21; Romans 11:33; Colossians 2: 3; James 1: 5).

6. I believe that human wisdom is futile beyond God (Isaiah 29:14; Daniel 2: 10-11; 1 Corinthians 1:19; 1 Corinthians 13: 1-2).

7. I believe that God gives some people special knowledge, wisdom and insight (Numbers 23: 5; 1 Kings 4: 29-34; 1 Kings 6:11; Jeremiah 2: 1; Ezekiel 1: 3; Joel 1: 1; Jonah 1: 1; Haggai 1: 1; Zechariah 1: 1; Malachi 1: 1; Luke 2:40; 1 Corinthians 12: 8).

8. I believe in the scriptures in which God reveals the truth about himself, creation, humanity, sin, salvation, eternity, and everything else we need to know in this life (Deuteronomy 29: 29; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4): 12; 1 Peter 1: 23-25).

Biblical commands to follow

1. I long for God, boldly ask him for knowledge, insight, distinction and wisdom (2 Chronicles 1:10; Psalm 119: 66; Proverbs 2: 6; Proverbs 2:10; Proverbs 8:10; Proverbs 10: 14; James 1: 5).

2. I am actively trying to become smarter (1 Kings 4:34; 1 Kings 10: 7; Luke 2:52; Colossians 3:16).

3. I pray that others will become wiser (1 Chronicles 22:12; Ephesians 1:17; Colossians 1: 9).

4. I put my hope and trust in God (Psalm 34: 8; Proverbs 22:19; Isaiah 26: 4; Lamentations 3:24; John 3:18; 1 Timothy 6:17; Hebrews 10:23).

5. I put my hope and trust in God's Word (Psalm 33: 4; Psalm 19: 7; Psalm 119: 43, 74, 81, 114, 147; Psalm 130: 5).

6. I teach others from God's Word (Deuteronomy 6: 4-9; Ezra 7: 8-10; Psalm 78: 5-6; Acts 17:11; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Timothy 4): 2; Hebrews 5:12).

7. I always trust in the Lord and in his word (Genesis 49:18; Deuteronomy 1:32; Psalm 19: 7; Psalm 119: 43; Proverbs 3: 5; Isaiah 26: 4; Lamentations 3:24; John 14 : 1; Galatians 2:20; 1 Timothy 4:10; Hebrews 4:14).

While "good" real knowledge does not grow on trees, it is freely available to you and me. We can thank the Lord for that every day!

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David SanfordThe book and Bible projects by Zondervan, Tyndale, Thomas Nelson, Doubleday, Barbour and Amazon have been published. His latest book is Choose Courage: 3-Minute Devotions for Men.

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