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For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:18-19. (NIV).
Did you know that, just this week, scientists discovered 2 new organs in the human body? That’s right, doctors in the Netherlands announced they had just discovered 2 previously unknown salivary glands in the human skull. The story can be found at https://www.sciencealert.com/chance-discovery-reveals-mysterious-organ-lurking-in-human-head-missed-for-centuries.
This isn’t in some new species, discovered in some remote South American jungle cave: this is in the middle of every person’s head! Right behind the nose and right in front of the brain: BOOM! Two undiscovered organs that learned professionals have been overlooking for hundreds of years, assuming they were something else. But our learned professionals know more than common people, right?
It brings me to Peter’s point: just because someone is educated, learned, even experienced doesn’t mean they have all the answers. If you want answers, go to God. Period. Whenever we have questions about that, repeat that last point: go to God.
Mind you: it is a good thing – a blessing – to have human curiosity and people who are deeply educated about many things. I don’t know much about human anatomy (other than mine is overweight), but I’m thankful God inspired others to learn about it. I don’t know how to weld but I’m thankful there are people like my son, who is highly trained to do this difficult work. I can’t do many things that others can, but, then again, most others don’t have my skills either. Thanks be to Christ for all of us.
Yet when it comes to real answers – the ones about life and death – then all the education in the world could make me (or you) a slave to this world. Indeed, many who are highly educated try to lead others astray. We as a species have misplaced God from His rightful place in the natural order and tried to replace Him with the shabby false gods of ‘reason’ and ‘knowledge.’ Yet the more we dig into how things are, the more we discover our gross lack of real understanding. If that’s wrong, then would someone please explain how gravity came to be? Or how inanimate organic matter becomes alive? PhD’s and scientists can’t explain these simple things. It’s sort of like overlooking new organs in the average human head. But what do I know?
Apparently not much, which is why I’m thankful for Jesus, who is both above my pay grade but also readily accessible as both Savior and friend. When I need to know what to think about something, the place to start is with Jesus. After all, the start of all real knowledge is Him.
For further reading: Romans 6:15, Jude 16-20, 2 Peter 2:20
Lord Jesus, without You, there is no reason; without You, knowledge means nothing.
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