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Is too much knowledge dangerous?
May 31, 2010
by Rev. Robert Hellmann, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Montrose

“I hope that my other kids don’t get the teacher Johnny had in school this year. He learned way too much in her class.”

“I’ve got to find a different mechanic to take care of my car. The guy at Joe’s Garage is too good at it. He keeps fixing small problems before they become big problems.”

“We just gotta find a different doctor to go to. He always seems to figure out what’s wrong with me when I get sick.”

Do you think that way? I sincerely doubt it. No one wants to have a teacher who can’t teach, a mechanic who doesn’t know a muffler from a spark plug, or a doctor who takes out your appendix when what you needed was an aspirin for your headache.

But why is it, then, that in some cases, otherwise reasonable people think ignorance is just fine, even something good and noble – something to be desired?

The case I am referring to is knowledge about God and about what the Bible says. When it comes to this kind of spiritual knowledge, people will say, “I don’t need to know anything about God or what He says in the Bible. Ignorance is bliss. None of it is of any practical value anyway. Who cares about God?”

Friend, it’s tempting to think that way, but it’s a big mistake. Every day brings you closer to the moment when you will meet God face-to-face. It is a sure thing that you will die, and a sure thing that you will meet your Maker.

God is all-powerful and all-knowing. He has an open-and-shut case against you. He has witnessed every single one of your sins. That lustful thought, whispered curse, carefully concealed theft from work, or hard-hearted rejection of God’s Word – every single one is known by God.

You have no defense. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8)

But here’s the good news. There is One who can help you. “But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:1-2)

Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He became a man for us. As the Righteous One of God, he sacrificed himself for every sin ever committed. His resurrection from the dead proved that all sins have been paid for. By faith in him you have God’s forgiveness and the gift of eternal life.

The gospel is powerful, life-giving knowledge. Don’t turn your back on it. Instead, open the Bible and learn. Reading the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John is a good place to start.

Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and learn from him. He is the only answer to the problem of your sin. He, alone, can give you eternal life.

It is dangerous to face life and death without Jesus. Don’t do it.