So-called knowledge

Two editors of important scientific journals have affirmed that a good part of published studies — perhaps half of them — “may simply be untrue.”/1

“Science has taken a turn towards darkness,” Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the British medical journal Lancet, wrote.

The editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell, lamented in 2009:

It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.

The field of science is not, by far, the objective and impartial study that it pretends to be. It never was. But today even some of its own scientists and medical researchers are admitting that corruption runs amok.

Science, however, is held up as the great human knowledge-base upon which many bet their lives.

In the religious field, theology purports to serve as the great area of biblical knowledge, though no single theological work agrees with another. But the field functions as a badge of competence and authority, in the same way that the doctor makes himself god using his years of study as a basis.

O Timothy, protect what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the profane chatter and absurdities of so-called “knowledge.” By professing it, some have strayed from the faith. Grace be with you all.
1 Timothy 6.20-21 NET

There are many ways to stray from the faith. The apostle already mentioned money, “Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the faith” v. 10. In his second letter to his son in the faith, he affirmed that others “have strayed from the truth by saying that the resurrection has already occurred” 2 Tim 2.18.

Knowledge is one of those main areas that humans use to exalt themselves, Jer 9.23-24, including the field of religion. By it people make false pretenses as qualified authorities to teach and influence the thinking of others.

As he finishes his first letter to Timothy, Paul reminds him that he must not go running after new knowledge, but rather must guard what has been entrusted to him: the Good News of Jesus Christ, in all its simplicity. He sums up and reinforces in the closing everything he has written in the letter.

The great temptation is to think that the truth we received at the beginning and by which were were converted and saved no longer serves advanced and mature people. Like us.

The simple gospel of Jesus Christ, however, is more than sufficient to bring us to maturity in our spiritual growth, to make us effective in the work of God, and to fill us with all knowledge for the edification of others.

More than this is not only superfluous, but harmful.


1/ provided the citations. See my post here.

Translated from our Portuguese-language devotional site.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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