‘ ..Then they took him (Paul) and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we would like to know what they mean.” (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas)’- Acts 17.
Things have not changed. Societies are still drawn to the latest theories, and people continue to search for knowledge and insight.
I have a passion for learning. When a subject intrigues me I want to delve into every aspect of it. I read about, research and contemplate the subject until I reach a place of understanding or comprehension.
But sometimes that desire to know can lead me astray and distract me. I can become confused by the array of information available and struggle to make sense of it all. I often return to the original idea or thought about a subject, eager for simplicity and clarity.
Faith enhances the intellect, but the intellect does not necessarily enhance faith.
We must be careful not to accumulate knowledge while losing sight of its purpose. I admire the wisdom of those that can articulate complex truths in the most simplistic of terms. Jesus kept it simple and still managed to amaze the crowds.
‘..Always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth’- 2 Timothy 3 v 7
There are many who are frustrated and living in confusion as they search for knowledge…but never quite arrive at knowledge of the truth. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
The world doesn’t need to hear a deeper philosophy.
My prayer for myself, the lost and those seeking truth is that we would;
“Hear and comprehend,
See and perceive,
Understand with our hearts,
Be always learning, but also able to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
As people search for knowledge they will ask us why we believe what we believe, why we have the faith that we do. Let’s prepare ourselves to give an answer to those who wonder about the hope we have in Christ.
Let’s explain with knowledge about our faith, but let’s do it with simplicity of heart.
Where has your search for knowledge taken you?