Sunday, October 6, 2019
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6 KJV).
Sinful man needs to learn the lesson of today’s Scripture!
We turn to 1 Corinthians 8:1: “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” Draw your attention to the second sentence—“knowledge puffeth up” a person. Think of a balloon inflating, filling with air and growing larger and larger. You might have heard the related idiomatic expression, “He knows so much he has a ‘big head.’” Friends, God the Holy Spirit clearly warned Christians—and non-Christians should listen too!
The acquisition of facts or information can lead us to an excessively high opinion of ourselves. In other words, except we exercise great caution, we will become conceited. Education—regardless of the field—is inherently dangerous. The world of academia demonstrates this fact every day. We can reach the point of gaining so much insight that we risk becoming intellectual bullies. In our own mind, we sit as gods, much like a professor “towers over” the know-nothing students in his or her university classroom. We have an answer for everything, and we cannot be questioned or challenged. Having a distorted sense of reality, we are self-absorbed and self-sufficient. We have spoken, and that is that!
It is one thing for us to be educated but still view ourselves as people; it is quite another for us to be educated and see ourselves as deity. We consider ourselves infallible, unable to do or say anything wrong, and superior to others. If we deem it necessary, we will eagerly take our knowledge and beat them down into submission. Not only is this true of us individually—sinful people that we are—it is mankind corporately.
Man in the 21st century boasts, “Our ancestors needed religion and superstition—but not we! We can explain the existence of the universe by appealing to the natural laws that govern it. Yes, we can solve our own problems. We have no need for ‘God’ anymore. We are our own authority!” Friends, our collective knowledge has come at a heavy price. Now, that knowledge has inflated us with vanity… emptiness….