Starting Over: Knowledge and Knowing

It has been so long since I posted anything on this blog that is feels like I am starting over. That said, I was thinking today about knowledge, or in the field in which I work the common term is intel. Knowledge/intel is power. It is often more important than weapons, because without it, weapons are shooting in the dark.

Then I had an insight. The temptation of Adam and Eve was about knowledge. Satan said to Eve:

For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Gen. 3:5

The original temptation was centered on knowledge and Satan equated it with godhood, that knowledge was power that could make you a god.

From there I began to think about knowledge and about God, the difference between knowing about and knowing, having a form of godliness and having the real thing. There is a difference between the knowledge that is given, revealed if you will, and that which is demanded or taken, stolen if you thought about it.

This is a line of thinking I have just begun to open, but I find it interesting that my favorite spiritual book is J. I. Packer’s Knowing God.

It has been good to put fingers to keys. I pray that this is really a starting over. Grace and peace to your day.

  3 comments for “Starting Over: Knowledge and Knowing

  1. Keith Valentine
    January 14, 2009 at 8:36 pm


  2. April 20, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    It’s good to come across good writings of understanding and perspective of the things of GOD. The lack of knowledge is why people perish, right? But there is a good form of knowledge, and an evil form of knowledge. Then enters wisdom; which of the two, (knowledge or wisdom) do you think is valued as greater? You have my e-mail adrress. I would love to hear from you, in the spirit of Christ-like fellowship.
    Minister Eric C. Pierre

  3. August 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm


    Wisdom is greater and is personified in the Bible, especially in Proverbs (e.g., Proverbs 9:1-6). Wisdom requires knowledge but you can have knowledge without wisdom, which is a plague in our time.

    If you look at this post ( you will see why knowledge is such a problem today.

    Grace and peace.

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