A Need To Know Basis

A Theory of Everything

There's a real difference between thinking that we know it all, needing more information (after realizing we don't know "it all"), willful ignorance (refusing to take in more data), and having handle on the situation (pragmatically).

Paul says, "for we would not have you ignorant." (2 Corinthians 1:8) He also says elsewhere that "if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know." (1 Corinthians 8:2) If we see that God desires that we have the knowledge to back up our faith and be intellectually fulfilled Christians, then I believe that He will give us the answers that we seek in this life. "Add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge..." (2 Peter 1:5, emphasis mine)

"Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel:" This is an angel speaking to him. "for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. (Daniel 10:11, emphasis mine)

A major complaint levelled at Christians today is that they are intellectually blind. That there is information that is ignored and passed over in favor of concepts and ideas (namely, the existence of God, sin, an afterlife) that have no basis in logical reality. Tell me this: what's more important? Dealing with the added knowledge of a spiritual realm that bleeds over into the physical with frequency (yes), or shutting yourself off from that added knowledge and potentially missing the chance at eternal (spiritual) life? "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (1 Corinthians 15:19)

Pascal's wager says that it's better to live as if God was real and be wrong upon dying than to ignore God and live as you would only to find out that He was real all along and the Gospel was where "it's" at. Because hell lasts for a really long time and from what I hear is totally and irrevocably unpleasant.

But fear of hell is not the reason that we stay with Jesus. Sure, if God opens your eyes and you realize that you're completely lost without Him, destined for eternal torment because your spirit was dead and you didn't know it, fine. God will obviously take you in. "[They] that cometh to me I will wise cast out." (John 6:37) This is Jesus speaking. But then, as we "add to our faith", as Peter said, we begin to see that not only do we need to renew our minds to see everything that God allows across the screen of our mind through the lens of His word, His truth. But also that "knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth." Or "builds up". (1 Corinthians 8:1) The struggle happens when one seeks to remain loving and kind and compassionate all the while combating the darkness of ignorance that says that we don't need to field other forms of information.

Because love and information are not mutually exclusive but the latter doesn't necessarily include the former.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15)

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