Knowledge – Wed – 23-03-22

Time brings changes. Many years ago, newspapers were a major source of information. News articles were the predominate content. Opinions were relegated to the editorial page and a clear distinction was made between news and opinion. Not so much anymore. Newspapers have declined in readership, with many going online. The sources of news have multiplied across radio, television and the internet, competing for attention. At the same time, the volume of news content has declined and is increasingly mixed with opinion. News anchors and columnists provide information in the midst of ranting about it. And social media echoes and amplifies the rant.

Take the news and information about the effectiveness of masks during the pandemic. You could find articles supporting it as vital, as well as those condemning it as destructive, with both sides ranting about the other.

We are so inundated with opinions today, we forget that opinions are not knowledge. Knowledge is understanding something as it really is, not as people say it is. We must use care in perusing all these sources of information.

We must also be careful in looking for knowledge about God. Many have opinions about him and assert them as gospel truth. But opinions are not knowledge. 2 Peter 1:5 says, “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge.” (NIV 1984) Do the work, study God’s word and gain knowledge of who he truly is.

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