Knowledge is power. We have all heard this. In many cases this is true. An informed mind is usually more dynamic than an ignorant one. I have spent umpteen years in formal education institutions. I continue to read and expand my knowledge base.
When it comes to knowledge, we can qualify what we know as either mental awareness or experiential familiarity. Keep that in mind as we progress in this article.
There are some things I know of which I wish I was totally ignorant.
Let’s journey back to the beginning of human history. Adam and Eve were placed in paradise. They knew God intimately. They knew each other intimately. They knew their environment well enough that Adam had named all of the animals.
But their knowledge was limited as evidenced by the one forbidden part of their existence.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
(Genesis 2:16-17 ESV)
Satan came slithering along with this bit of hellish advice:
For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.
(Genesis 3:5 ESV)
Be sure to understand that God did not evil within himself. He had experienced evil in the actions of Satan. Now Eve and then Adam were drawn to the temptation to be like God. Besides the death that would ensue, they now would be saddled with the knowledge of evil.
Why do we follow in our first parents footsteps in our desire to know evil? I am not just talking about being aware of the evil in the world. That is tragic enough. We buy the same devilish lie and put ourselves in God’s stead. The result is that we come to have first hand knowledge of evil.
I would just as soon be ignorant of some of the things I have learned – the evil things. Each sinful act has been an act of evil. I have met evil face to face, and I don’t like what I see.
Be looking for my next post which will include a song that speaks powerfully to this subject.