Knowledge – Tue – 23-03-21

Is LeBron James the greatest basketball player of all time? He certainly feels he is. Listen to his words, “What I bring to the table as a basketball player … I feel like I’m the best basketball player that ever played the game. That’s just my confidence, that’s just what I bring to the table, what I possess.” *

No one doubts that James is a great player. He has lasted years in the game and has scored tens of thousands of points. But is he the greatest of all time? Arguments continue.

I mention James not because I care whether he is the greatest. I quoted him as an example of the way people talk and think. Notice he said, “I feel like I’m the best.” That word construction is used in many different ways. People even use those words when talking about God, saying things like “I feel God accepts me as I am. I don’t need to change.”

2 Peter 1:5 tells us we need to grow and develop in our faith. It says, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge.” (NIV 1984) Note that the word knowledge in the original language denotes understanding something with the intellect. It is not talking about intuition or feelings. We must use our reasoning ability to learn about God by studying his word.

*Kyle Goon, “When LeBron James passes Kareem, his last battle will be Michael Jordan for G.O.A.T.” The Orange County Register, February 8, 2023,

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