Can We Have Too Much Knowledge?

I know there are probably (at least) some of you who are thinking to yourselves, “We can never have too much knowledge!”, and you may be right. I think knowledge is a weapon, and like any other weapon -knife, gun, club – it isn’t the weapon itself that is dangerous but how we use it.

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I accepted that Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah Adonai (Y-H-V-H) promised to send us and that as a Jewish man I could accept him and not be a traitor to my people or to our 5,000-year-old history.  That was about 21 years ago, and since then I have constantly been learning more about God, the Bible, and the history and culture of my people.

I have also joined more than a few (and left more than a few) “Christian” or “Messianic” discussion groups on Facebook. I have done this so I can spread my ministry and also learn from others. In all this, I learned one thing that I believe is absolutely necessary for all of us to be aware of: everyone thinks that what they know is the absolute truth.

I am just as guilty of this as anyone else, except I do give myself credit for this…I know I may not always be right. I still think what I think is right, but I leave room for doubt, and that is why I believe I can say to you that you need to leave room for doubt, as well.

Too much knowledge can lead us to idolatry. Really! In our heartfelt desire to know more about God and what he wants from us, we can become so obsessed with knowing that we begin to worship learning instead of the one we are learning about. We get crazy over the pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton; we get crazy over the proper calendar; we get crazy when someone disagrees with us; and we get crazy when someone else tells us it isn’t that important, which I have done many times and am doing again now.

I think the most important thing to know is what is important to know.

For example, let’s say someone learned something new about the pronunciation of God’s name, do you think that when you prayed to him before, using that “bad” name, he ignored you? Do you believe that if you had never learned what you believe now to be the correct pronunciation that despite your prayers, worship, and works you would have gone to hell because you used that “wrong” name?

I hope not! From what I have learned about God, he is not just compassionate and understanding but he desires to forgive us when we repent of something we did that was wrong. And if you are thinking about Leviticus 5:17, where he tells us that even if we are ignorant of sin we committed, we are still guilty, well…you’re right! So, what do we do then?

We ask for forgiveness of the sins we did not know we committed, and (this is what I do) pray to be guided by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) to recognize sin before we do it, and to be given the strength to overcome it.

Yeshua says that unless we come to him as a child, meaning innocent and trusting, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. If you believe that, then the search for knowledge is dangerous in that a child is not a scholar. Wanting to know everything will drive you crazy, just as it did Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), and may lead you down the wrong path. What I mean by that is this: what if, just IF, what you think you know is wrong? Then you would be sinning against God while trying to be obedient. People who ignore the instructions God gave because they have been taught that could be in that group, as well as those who do what God instructs only because they want to be “right” instead of doing it because they want to honor God.

The Gnostics believed in secret messages within the Scriptures, and that this special knowledge was necessary for salvation. It wasn’t, and it still isn’t.

For the record, and to make sure no one misunderstands me, I am not saying knowledge is a bad thing, or that learning should not be a life-long endeavor. What I am saying is that you need to be careful when you are learning not to become so obsessed with learning that you neglect to trust the one you are learning about; trust that he is more concerned about your desires than your pronunciation, trust that he knows your heart and what you truly want, and trust that God can lead you where you need to go, even if you don’t know the way.

And, finally, trusting God enough to not need to know why.

I have used the pronunciation of God’s holy name as an example, and I will, undoubtedly, get responses justifying a particular pronunciation of his name, which will be a shame. It will only prove that the ones responding with that are so obsessed with their desire to demonstrate their knowledge that they have completely missed my point, which is that the search for knowledge can lead to idolatry and Gnosticism, and take us away from the path of righteousness.

Continue to read, continue to study, and continue to seek out God and knowledge of him. There is nothing wrong with this. My warning is that you need to make sure that your need to know doesn’t outweigh your ability to simply trust without knowing.

As for me, I like to learn and will continue to do so, and the most important thing I have learned is what I don’t need to know.

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Until next time, L’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!

Comments

  1. Steven R. Bruck
    Roger Pritchard December 6, 2019 at 04:57

    We are taught of God,
    To grow in the grace & knowledge of Christ,
    Which is of uttermost importance, because without being “In Christ”;
    That is without Christ we can do nothing good.
    And I have found “knowing Christ” is “experiencing” Christ life growing in us every day and night,
    It is not so much that we can have too much knowledge, it is growing in the spiritual knowledge of God In Christ.
    Which we can only receive through the “growing” in the Words & Word & Holy Spirit of God Almighty.
    And this is a process that may take some about 17 years (like Paul the apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God),
    Or for us, that is as many as are called and chosen by the authority of God In Christ,
    Some will take 30, 40, or even a lifetime to be being filled …
    ” … … … unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ … ” (Eph. 4:13).
    Therefore it is only when we are filled with the grace and knowledge of God In Christ,
    Through God’s Word(s) & Spirit unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,
    And as it it is written in …
    2 Pet. 1:3-4 :-
    According as His (God’s) divine power have given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
    Through the knowledge of him that have called us to glory and virtue: 
    Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: t
    That by these you might be partakers of the divine nature,
    Having escaped the corruption of lust that is in the world … … … ” 

    • Steven R. Bruck
      Steven R. Bruck December 6, 2019 at 06:06

      Roger,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Of course, gaining knowledge that we receive through the Holy Spirit, which we receive when we accept Yeshua as Messiah and ask for the indwelling spirit, will help us learn what is important to know. Hopefully, it will also help us to discern what is valuable to others and what is just our own prideful need to know more than someone else.
      I fight this need because I do have the indwelling spirit which reminds me that sometimes it just isn’t worth arguing over.

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