In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind. — Louis Pasteur (27 December 1822 – 28 September 1895) French microbiologist, chemist, pioneer of the “Germ theory of disease”, discoverer of molecular asymmetry and stereo-chemistry, and inventor of the process of Pasteurization. (from here)
God made each of us for His own purposes. Why? I don’t truly know. The Bible says God made us for His glory, but why would God believe we are even worthy of giving Him glory? What potential do we have? What gift has God given us that makes us worthy?
I reblogged The Freedom Of Being Wrong
a couple of days ago. This morning I went back and read the comment trail. It appears that I was not the only one intrigued by ‘s posts and the comments that followed.
Hey we’re crossing paths! Funny thing, I was thinking yesterday about the accumulation of knowledge that we have at our disposal, instantly even, and how we can actually choke on information, without processing it, chewing the cud, bringing it up for consideration again and again.
Then I thought of the vast wealth of truth even, and compared to God, how it must be a mere eye drop in the oceans of the world. ‘Eye has not seen, ear has not heard’ kinda thing, then again, God does delight in sharing his deep things with us.
And as you say, there is a potential danger, as if it is OUR knowledge, or OUR truth. No, it is not my truth, or yours, but we can share it. Experts though? I tire of the word ‘experts.’ Ha, insects are specialists, we are no insect.
But you are right though, there is power in admitting we are weak, feeble, peccable, while maintaining God is flawless. Good stuff trish.
Information! Does our ability to process data and reach conclusions matter to God?
If that is so, then does what we think and how we think matter?
It seems to me that the free and instant access to information has cost humanity something important.
It has happened before: Up to the 1400s, humans in general had well-developed memories, and the scholars among us memorized entire manuscripts word for word, and painstakingly accumulated knowledge by deep reading and understanding. Then Gutenberg developed the printing press (in the face of yet another plague on the planet: an attorney stole it from him).
Soon, in the space of a few generations, one no longer needed to remember entire manuscripts worth of knowledge; you can acquire the thing as a book and have it one your shelf. The ability to memorize giant chunks of information, no longer exercised, was lost to most cultures. (continued here)
silenceofmind focused on the weakness of our memories.
Not everyone can remember whole manuscripts. Only a select few with high IQ’s can do that.
Books, and later calculators and computers and still later, wide area networks, opened up the treasure house of human knowledge and wisdom gained over the ages, to the common man.
A low born peasant like me can read and study Plato and Aristotle and the Founding Fathers like only the aristocracy of yore could do.
And isn’t it better to understand how something actually works according to “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God,” than to simply memorize large quantities of information?
How much does the memory matter? I guess that there is some correlation between having a good memory and high intelligence. However, I recall reading about a famous mathematician whose memory was far from perfect. Therefore, when he could not remember a formula, he just derived the formula he needed. At that point I was both humbled by my stupidity and quite glad to have books.
Books or memorization? Since some of us have poor memories, perhaps there is a place for both.
It is no doubt of great importance to learn, to understand, and to retain information. But what information? The Bible speaks of wisdom. If we don’t know how to properly apply what we know, what is the point of learning, understanding, and retaining knowledge?
Consider that much of ‘s post is an expression of personal regret. She admits to lacking humility, a common sin. Consider the words of an apostle.
1 Timothy 1:12-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
Glory to God for His Grace
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, 13 although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 14 And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise,[a] be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
When the Apostle Paul was born again, he repented. He repented of persecuting and killing people, Christians. He gratefully admitted how little he knew, and he accepted the grace, the love, and the mercy of our Savior.
Is our ability to repent what makes us worthy of glorifying God? Repenting of our sins does seem where we each must start.
So how should we prepare our minds — and the minds of our children? Perhaps we should strive to remember that God is the Creator, that He even created us. When we strive to to learn, to understand, and to retain information, we seek to discover in what we learn His Glory, not our own. It is to Him we must give the Glory and our worship.