Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Does Information Equal Knowledge?

"My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6

I must admit that I couldn't figure out how to apply this verse in the Information Age. Knowledge abounds everywhere. It seems like everyone is "going back to school". There are myriads of blogs, websites and books on every subject imaginable. The information is certainly accessible to us. Libraries offer not only print copies through inter-library loans but also the ability to download books. Don't have a portable computer? No problem. Just get a Kindle or get the audio book to listen on the go. It's hard to find a person without a cell phone...most of which are equipped with internet access...which is the epitome of available information. If all else fails, you can turn on your car radio.

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So, we of this modern era don't have the problem of being destroyed for lack of knowledge, right? The context of this verse suggests that the people had the knowledge they needed but rejected it. Sometimes we are just confused by the sheer amount of available information. Or the information that seems right is too difficult to apply. If we have the information...even correct information...but never apply it, we will be destroyed. We are "ever learning" but never coming to the "knowledge of the truth".

Truth. Now there's a new concept! Or perhaps it's a very old one. And this truth prevails...everything we need....all knowledge needed for in one Person. "In Him was life...and the life was the light of man."

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