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Ronald Reagan

“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” Ronald Reagan

They say great minds think alike, or better put the student can only be as smart as the teacher (Matthew 10:25). Perhaps that is why Ronald Reagan shared the same thought as did Paul when he was writing to Timothy about those who did not believe what Paul was teaching. Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:7 they are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Paul was referring to men or women who were willful, boastful, proud, arrogant, self-absorbed, money hungry, chasing after pleasures and not seeking God. These folks are constantly chasing one passion or another, looking for the next big thing, seeking fame and fortune, never acknowledging God, in fact, attacking what is good if it interferes with their personal pursuits. They are always learning but never able to grasp what is real and true. They believe that what they believe is truth, but who can blame them since they were taught by those who believed they too possessed great knowledge and charged handsomely for others to get that knowledge.

Unfortunately, all that knowledge left them bereft of truth but now they have been awarded a certificate of accomplishment validating their intellect, although like Reagan said, they know so many things that just aren’t so.

How is this possible? Can we avoid being led astray by our intellects? Is there a point where we become too smart for our own good?

Let us look at how this might happen and then suggest what you can do to avoid it happening to you.

We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.  John Naisbitt

1. We are learning too much

Information overload. With the advent of the internet everything, there is to know about anything can be found via Google. Since knowledge spells power and survival, and it is virtually easy to obtain, we are continually packing our minds with new information and knowledge. We err, however, if we assume that we can know God by doing a Google search, or worse believe that the internet has all the wisdom available to us. This is simply not true.

Spiritual truth is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit in moments of quiet and unhurried reflection and contemplation upon His word. Taking time to seek Him and His ways, not relying on our own human understanding. This is a slow process and in our hurry-up world of instant gratification, it is difficult for us to accept, especially if we are conditioned to stuffing in knowledge through condensed articles, blog posts, Facebook, and 140 characters of Twitter.

I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance. Ruben Blades

2. We are learning the wrong “stuff “

In our quests for knowledge, it is easy to wander down the dark paths of forbidden knowledge, to partake of the proverbial forbidden fruit. If we recall Adam and Eve were told to keep away from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil found in the middle of the garden, they were permitted to partake of everything else in the garden. This did not satisfy their human curiosity and when tempted Eve took and ate the forbidden fruit and offered the same to her husband who also partook.

It was at that point that their eyes were opened and they saw that they were naked. They became self-aware, their eyes were opened to what they lacked and they lost sight of what God had provided for them. It was at this point that they set out to provide covering for themselves to hide their nakedness. They were now seeking human solutions to their earthly existence. They started out by rejecting God’s clear instruction to not eat from the tree and ended up hiding in the bushes.

Adam and Eve traded divine insight, Godly counsel for that which was being served up by a serpent. It did not turn out well for them, neither will it turn out well for us if we too are seduced to partake of the forbidden fruit of the poisoned tree.

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. Charles Spurgeon

3. We are hindered in our learning by our pride

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become foolish (literally: a “moron”) that he may become wise.” (1 Corinthians 3:18b)

There is indeed a sense of pride and accomplishment when one earns a degree from an institute of higher learning. Many view a college education as the means to personal success and work to earn many degrees and perhaps even a Masters or  Ph.D.

Paul was a well-educated man, in fact, this is what he says about himself in his letter to the Philippians:

Philippians 3:4-8 (NIV)
4  though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more:
5  circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee;
6  as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7  But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
8  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Here Paul was running down through his resume, extolling his credentials, he was making a list of his accomplishments. By the world’s standard Paul was successful, and yet Paul considered all those accomplishments as nothing compared to that Damascus road encounter with God. All his earthly pursuits, all the degrees he had attained led him into a life of opposition to Christ, in fact, he was persecuting the church and killing Christians. In his mind, based on what he was taught, he believed he was doing the right thing. He was seriously misled. He had been lied to and seduced by the serpent to seek knowledge apart from God.

It is good to seek the truth and to gain an understanding of how things really work to avoid the pitfalls that accompanying bad choices but consider the source of that knowledge. Turn off the cable news outlets and their sound bites, shut down the internet for a week and pick up a good book instead, better yet put up the “good book”. Allow yourself some quiet time to reflect on life and sort through all the information that has flooded into your head through the things you have seen and heard. Most importantly recognize that the wisest among us is not smarter than God. And you are not god.

Our prayers should be “I want you to be wise in that which is good, and innocent in what is evil.” (Romans 16:19b) and only God is good therefore make Him your source of good information, He promises to lead you into all truth. (John 16:13)

You Choose Whom You Wish to Believe


As for me and my house. I am sticking with God. What say you?


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It appears many have eaten from the tree of knowledge and by so doing they have been banned from the tree of life which produces wisdom. Worldly knowledge leads to death while the wisdom that comes from God leads to eternal life. Pick which fruit you wish to partake of.

But you must never eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because when you eat from it, you will certainly die.” Gen 2:17 (GW)
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Here is a pictorial representation of the topics discussed here at Journey Across the Sky. You can get a pictorial image of your blog by going to wordle.com. As you can see there is a large number of topics discussed here at this blog but one of the biggest entries is God. My aim is to talk about current events in light of scripture and see how we are to respond to these events. As a Christian I think it is important that we filter everything through the scriptures to see how God views these issues. There is nothing new under the sun as Solomon stated so well. And therefore every issue we face in life there are scriptures to help us sort through them and find out how God instructed Israel to deal with these same issues.

Regardless how hard I try to maintain purity in my posts I am sure from time to time I may err in my speech. The bible tells us:

 

When words are many, sin is not lacking; so he who controls his speech is wise. The tongue of the righteous is like pure silver, but the mind of the wicked is worth little. The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of sense.
Proverbs 10:19-21

Idle talk can pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise can heal. Truthful words will stand forever, lying speech but a moment.
Proverbs 12:18-19

The wise man’s heart teaches his mouth, and to his lips it adds learning. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the taste and healing for the body.
Proverbs 16:23-24

He who belittles another lacks good sense, whereas a person of discernment stays silent.
Proverbs 11:12

It is not my intention to offend anyone nor is it my heart’s desire to share untruths with the world, my aim is to be a blessing and encouragement to others. May God bless you as you travel with me as we Journey Across the Sky.

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Prov 1:20-33 (AMP) Wisdom cries aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the markets; She cries at the head of the noisy intersections [in the chief gathering places]; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: How long, O simple ones [open to evil], will you love being simple? And the scoffers delight in scoffing and [self-confident] fools hate knowledge? If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold, I [ Wisdom] will pour out my spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you have refused [to answer], have stretched out my hand and no man has heeded it, And you treated as nothing all my counsel and would accept none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when the thing comes that shall cause you terror and panic— When your panic comes as a storm and desolation and your calamity comes on as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then will they call upon me [Wisdom] but I will not answer; they will seek me early and diligently but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord, Would accept none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices. For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them, and the careless ease of [self-confident] fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkens to me [Wisdom] shall dwell securely and in confident trust and shall be quiet, without fear or dread of evil.

The evidence is everywhere. Truth is blaring from the loud speakers all around the world. Countries are failing, here at home states are finding it harder and harder to meet federal mandates and public sector pension obligations. On capital street one company take over after another and yet nothing changes. The national debt will exceed 13 trillion dollars this year and only the sky is the limit into the future. Medicare and Medicaid along with Social Security are all in the red, let’s face it folks America’s entitlement programs are bankrupt and yet many refuse to change course or even acknowledge the direction America is heading is wrong.

Add to the mix Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are still running deficits as far as the eye can see. Nothing is working on capital hill. And to be honest not much is working in the private sector either. The unemployment rate seems to be the only thing going up in an otherwise downward spiral.

Many have seen their personal nest eggs reduced or depleted with the recession of the stock market. Tax revenue is falling off rapidly because more and more people are not working. And yet many think all is well and the captain of the ship of state bellows full speed ahead on one socialist agenda item after another. Waiting in the wings are tax hikes along with the huge budget busting Obamacare plan still to be enacted.

Yes my friends the truth is out there, but can you handle the truth? Can you open your eyes and ears to listen to the sound of wisdom shouting aloud in the streets, and the marketplace? What must we do to stop this insane rebellion against the truth and sound fiscal policy? Our country is out of control. Fools are running the ship of state straight into an iceberg of ruin.

Ezek 12:2 (GW) “Son of man, you are living among rebellious people. They have eyes, but they can’t see. They have ears, but they can’t hear because they are rebellious people.

The irony is that America is now adapting the European model just as the evidence of its failure is becoming clear even to the New York Times. As Charles Murray wrote in “The Happiness of The People”-“If we want to know where America is headed—its destination—we should look to Europe.” The Times has now given us a harrowing picture of that destination. For the left leaning New York Times to see the handwriting on the wall it must be blatantly obvious. The truth is screaming from everywhere, the question is are we willing to heed wisdom’s warning or destined to suffer the fate of fools?

But whoso hearkens to me [Wisdom] shall dwell securely and in confident trust and shall be quiet, without fear or dread of evil.

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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