"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves...Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth"-2 Tim. 3:1, 2a, 7
Knowledge in our world is increasing at an alarming rate. Many of the technological breakthroughs of today were once only far-fetched theories. I'm not talking about things like NASA's successes in space exploration only, but also satellites up in space that enable us to view hundreds of TV stations. And my non-stop flight from Savannah, GA to Ft. Worth, TX, I took just a few hours prior to my writing this devotional. And about the Internet, mobile phones, and blackberries. If you are not careful you will end up becoming functionally illiterate with time.
We have also gained much knowledge in the subject of religion. Archeological findings shed valuable light on ancient cultures dating back to biblical times. Through our many Bible colleges and seminaries, advanced degrees in religious studies and theology can be obtained. But as I read the Bible it seems to me that men such as Moses and Abraham, and David knew more about God, and were more attuned to Him than we are today--though they did not have access to the vast amount of knowledge we do.
In some important ways, our explosion of knowledge has moved us farther from God. Scientists can find their way to Mars, but many churchgoing people can't find their way to God. One can look in a dictionary or encyclopedia and learn the definition of just about any imaginable term, but even some religious leaders find themselves struggling with the definition of a family. With knowledge, we have taken the liberties to tamper with the Scriptures in some modern versions of the Bible.
I love technology and what it has given us in terms of our quality of life. I love my cell phone, my laptop, and all of the high-powered software I use in my daily work. But if the current trend of knowledge continues, God only knows how far from Him we will end up in the process.
Dear Lord, Thank You for the great minds You have blessed us with to discover knowledge. Please help me grow in truth as I grow in knowledge....Amen.