In an interview at Santa Monica College a few years ago, a student told me that he was extremely interested in finding out all he could about religion, that he enjoyed studying it, and that he was looking for much about religion, he explained that he wanted to expand his education. He curiosity drove to him to find out what motivates religious people, but he said he was not the kind of person who gets up in the morning with a desire to do the will of God.
We are like this student when we want to learn more about the Bible for some reason other than to know God better and to do what He wants us to do. The apostle Peter said that we should increase our understanding for one primary purpose – to bring our faith to maturity. Our goal in pursuing knowledge should be self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love, which are marks of a wise Christian. This progression toward maturity results in a full experiential knowledge of Christ (v. 8).
God doesn’t ask us to increase knowledge for the sake of knowledge. He asks us to grow in our understanding so that we can become God-centered, loving, productive, people. – Martin R. De Haan
Unless it leads to wisdom, knowledge can be dangerous.
- May 27, Vol. 1, Our Daily Bread