Scripture for Today: I Timothy 6:20b-21 “…Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.”
I wonder if I am fooling anyone with these flowers. I know they fool the poor humming birds flying over to check them out. I bought these fake geraniums to stay fresh and bright looking without having to water or care for them. There are never any leaves to pick off and it is always perfect looking. But it is just not the same. There is no fragrance. Even with aphids or dying leaves, the real thing is so much nicer.
Our verse for today tells us to turn away from what is falsely called “knowledge.” It might look like knowledge but is not the real thing. If what we are hearing is discounting completely God’s existence, then it is “godless.” It can sound really intelligent but if these ideas oppose the absolute truth of Scripture, then it is not true knowledge. Those who adopt what opposes Scripture will eventually leave the true faith.
Turning away from these ideas that pretend to be true knowledge is not done in pride and censure. It does not mean that we “write off” those who hold to these ideas. We turn away so as to not be enticed ourselves nor to align ourselves with what contradicts that which God has made clear in His Word. It is the Lord that gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding (Prov. 2:6).
We all possess some degree of knowledge (I Cor. 8-1-2) but with love and humility I can avoid allowing that knowledge to puff me up! Lord, keep me turned away from false knowledge but loving the one who is deceived!