Sunday, February 08, 2009

True knowledge

When I came across the above Quote... the other day, it really jumped out at me. It reminded me of a passage of scripture from the New Testament;

"26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy[a] when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world,[b] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important."
(1 Corinthians 1:26-28 (New Living Translation). Footnotes: 1 Corinthians 1:26 - Or high born. 1 Corinthians 1:28 - Or God chose those who are low born.)

We live in an age of "enlightenment". We think we've begun to understand the mysteries of the universe, and yet we admit that scientists are just finding out how much we don't know. We have universities to teach us everything we think we should know about culture and society. We study political sciences and liberal arts to try to find an answer to the "human condition" - as if it could ever be solved by policy, education, or even social engineering. We even have seminaries and Bible colleges to teach us about theology, God and religion. But God reminds us that these things don't matter to Him.
God is not interested in that. God is interested in a relationship with us. And I think a lot of people stumble over that idea while trying to understand everything. I think a lot of people refuse to believe because it's too simple to just believe. They feel as if there should be something more to it than just believing and being in relationship with the Creator.
I know that a part of that comes from our need to have things clearly defined for us. Our natural curiosity seeks answers, even if they're too complex to fully grasp, at least it's an answer. That's why religion sets up rules and regulations for us to follow. We may hate the rules, but we feel better about having them. We may "toe the line", and ponder stepping over it. But even if we do, we take comfort in knowing that there's a line that we can step up to, and either cross over it or not.
And as much as our enlightened age has rejected the simplicity that is the true knowlwedge of God, so did the educated leaders of Jesus' day. For all of the rules and regulations that they had, it was too easy to believe what Jesus was telling everyone; "God loves you, you're forgiven. Now, go and share the things I've done, and shown to you." And just like today, they couldn't accept what He was saying because it meant that everything would have to change. And that applies to the Church today as well. Things have to change.
There's nothing complex to helping those in need. There's no special training for doing good for those around you. There's no degree required to love your neighbor as yourself. All we have to do is trust that God loves us, and that He will honor our efforts to show our love for Him by our actions here on earth. And when we make mistakes, we just have to trust that He will forgive us.
It's that simple.

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