…always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:7 (NIV).
Are you a fan of college or are you a fan of high school graduates learning a trade? I have three college degrees: an associate’s in Intelligence Collection, a bachelors in Business Management, and a master’s in Adult Education. If it weren’t for student loan debt, they wouldn’t be worth much. Even years ago when I went, many professors were politically polarized.
And if you think about it, politics is pretty small. It doesn’t mean much in the eternal, long run. Can you tell me what most of the popular issues were in ancient Sumeria? Or Babylon, Persia, Greece, or Rome? We don’t even know most of the local politicians back then, or even most of the high-ranking advisors in those empires. More and more, even though I spend much time talking about politics and political matters, this talk is wasted time. It’s like I’m always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the real truth.
What about those professors and that collegiate education? The most common critique I hear about college education is that, other than trade-related colleges (such as medical school and law school), most college degrees today don’t prepare people for critical thinking. They no longer provide people with deep education on matters of common history, logic skills, or non-specialized topics. We pay thousands of dollars for higher degrees that are fairly useless in a workforce driven by detailed skills, both white and blue collar. Yet that topic is a third rail, an off-limits critique of academia intellectual decline. Its like the people who run colleges are always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.
That’s because faith in Jesus Christ is the foundation of all truth. His truth that we are to love God and love our neighbor, that apart from Him we can do nothing, IS truth. He, the I AM, IS, is truth, is reason. Nearly all the great philosophers before the 20th century were religions (even those of antiquity). And those between 1600 and the late 1800s were nearly universally Christian. Only in the knowledge of God can we begin to truly learn things that are most necessary to succeed, especially in the hereafter.
As we age, we yearn for truth; as we age, we also don’t stop learning. Brooks & Dunn sang about truth in believing, singing “I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red.” They were talking about the words of Christ. There is much to learn in our world; thank God for that. Thank God, most of all, that we can best learn the meaning of it by first learning the meaning of Jesus and His teachings.
For further reading: Mark 12:28-31, John 15:5, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Timothy 3:8.
Lord, You are the only real truth. Forgive me when I’ve forgotten that. Help me to remember it more today.