The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 132

“There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” [Proverbs. 14:12, NIV, emphasis mine]

We live in an age of ‘information overload’ as never before. Pick a subject and you’re sure to find a book written about it. Today the internet provides access to information on virtually any topic. This is in stark contrast to the ‘dark ages’!

However, the Bible alerts us that ‘an increase in knowledge’ will be one of the signs of the end times. It is my belief that this increase in knowledge is a major contributor to a decrease in faith. Therefore, we need to exercise discernment. If we pursue knowledge for its own sake, then we run the risk of wandering from ‘the faith that was handed down by the Apostles’. The snare lies in the false belief that what is rational must consequently be true. Much error has crept into our faith because of this tendency towards acceptance of what seems to be endowed with reason. But reason should never be the standard by which truth is measured; and truth does not cease to exist simply because we cannot ‘reasonably’ explain it! This is not to deny the validity of reasoning, but to give it its proper place. I daresay most people never give reasonable, conscientious thought to the digestive process; but does their lack of reasoning prove a hindrance to their eating? No! So it is with our faith. As Christians, we accept the truth of the Virgin Birth, the Trinity, etc. even though we cannot fully understand these doctrines. We accept them on the basis of other understandable truths. This sort of acceptance we call ‘faith’.

Knowledge can have the semblance of truth (i.e., legitimacy) because of scripture references. But when scriptures are wrested from their original places to justify some fanciful ideas or hypotheses that a person has, the truth is distorted. All the major heresies have arisen from such manipulations of scripture. For example, Ellen G White, author of many ‘best-sellers’, deceived many with her wrong doctrines, all of which were perfectly reasonable and were defended by Scriptures. Sadly, the ones she misled were ‘seeking after knowledge but never arriving at the truth’.

Solomon is here describing the way of those who are self-deluded. Their way seems right to them; they fancy that they are as they should be, that their opinions and practices are good, and such as will bear them out. Their end is fearful.

In the pursuit of the knowledge of God, Paul says: “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Php.3:10). Paul’s desire is for experiential knowledge, not simply positional knowledge. If we are to grow in the knowledge of God we must seek God’s ways.

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