Ever Learning by David Heisler
All my “Christian” life, since 1971, I have heard people talking about “learning”. And, generally speaking, “learning” is a good thing. I always say, “You learn something new every day”. Sometimes, you learn something that you knew a long time ago, but just forgot. That’s a sign of getter older, I think, but that’s a story for another day.
The question is if you can “learn” to be a Christian? Can you learn to be a better Christian? Once a female friend told me she was going on a retreat to teach other women how to pray properly. I was amused by that statement, but, none-the-less, I wished her the best.
In the third chapter of his second letter to Timothy, Paul is railing on all sorts of folk that he didn’t appreciate much. And he makes this interesting statement. “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” [2 Tim. 3.7]
Before we get to the “ever learning” part, let’s discuss what Paul is saying in regard to the “knowledge of the truth”? Apparently, whatever it is – “the truth” – it is not learned, at least not learned in the same sense that one learns the alphabet or the times tables or perhaps, even, how to pray properly.
More on that in Part II