What Is The Purpose Of Knowledge?

What Is The Purpose Of Knowledge?



You can gain the knowledge of how to build a house, but if you never build a house or help someone build a house, what good is that knowledge? Knowledge that is acted upon becomes wisdom. Knowledge that is for the sake of knowing is vanity. Is money that is stored up considered great wealth, if it is never spent? What value does it have? There will come a day when you will be judged by what you spent, not what you saved. The purpose of working is to gain money. The purpose of gaining money is to spend it. Why would you work for something if you were never going to spend it? In the Garden of Eden, it was a situation of gaining knowledge for the sake of gaining knowledge. Adam and Eve were better off before they gained this knowledge of good and evil.

         As we go through life, we mimic the Garden of Eden scenario day after day. We constantly eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We feel that it is pleasing to gain all of this knowledge. What has this knowledge done for us? We want to have the mind of God, why? Because we want to know what He is going to do and how He is going to do it. Adam and Eve only had to take care of what God had given them and everything would have been fine. That wasn’t enough. They wanted to have the same knowledge that God had. The problem with this is that even if they had the knowledge that God had, they had no means to put it into action. It would be like having the knowledge of how to build a house and not having anything to build it with. Would that knowledge benefit you, no? Things might have been different if the serpent would have said, “If you eat of this tree, you will be like God with the exception of being able to do any of the things you have gained the knowledge of”.

         Have you ever heard someone say, “I have forgotten more than you know”? What was the benefit of gaining that knowledge that was forgotten? Some people are impressed by what you know; maybe they should look at what you do. Many people are led astray by what someone says, but few are led astray by what someone does. I wonder why the serpent didn’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, I mean he was right there. After Adam and Eve ate from the tree, I guess they didn’t get all the knowledge, because if they had, they would have known that God would find them, so there was no use in hiding. Maybe they had that knowledge but didn’t put it into action; therefore that particular bit of knowledge was pretty much useless.

        The amount of knowledge you have affects you. The amount of knowledge you use affects others. What is the purpose of you gaining knowledge? If you have a check for a million dollars and never cash it, are you a millionaire, or are you someone who has a piece of paper that is worth two cents? Ask yourself this question, “Am I gaining knowledge to make me a better person or am I gaining knowledge to make someone else a better person”? Adam and Eve ate from the tree so that they would better themselves, not so that they could benefit others.

Gen 3:5

5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."


Phil 1:9-10

9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;