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Delighting in my God, I desire to dwell in His pleasure and to help others experience true delight.

"Delight Yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your judgment as the noonday.  
Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;..." Ps 37:4-7a

Saturday, April 12, 2014

K is for to Know



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To know:  to be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information.  To have knowledge about, to have a relationship with, personal experience with, or familiarity with a person, place, thing, idea, or field.

How do we know things?  What do you know?  How do you know that’s true?  What makes you think you know?  What can we know for sure?  What can we know by examining the evidence and coming to a reasonable conclusion?  How many of the things that you know end up being false?  If we have to change our direction because what we thought we knew was wrong, does that mean we can’t know things at all?  


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People discuss and argue about these questions all the time.  They study knowledge, and the acquisition of it, truth and whether or not we can know it, what’s real and what’s not.  They have official sounding names for these studies and theories.  What it points out to me is that what is and what we think about what is may be different.  What is true and what we think is true may be different.  However, What is and what is true, doesn’t depend upon the knowing of it.  If something is true, it is true whether we know it or not.  The knowing of it just makes it mine.  

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7

 
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21 comments:

  1. "What is and what is true, doesn’t depend upon the knowing of it. If something is true, it is true whether we know it or not." This is very rightly said. The truth always remains the truth.

    Sania @ Fragile Words

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    1. Yes it does, Sania, though not everyone sees it that way. Thanks for stopping by. God bless, Maria

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  2. Maria,

    This is a delightful snapshot of how we prideful humans choose to perceive the world at hand. What we know may not often be what is true, but if we come to an understanding of how our individual experience affects out view of the world, then I agree with you that, however unproovable, it is true for us. What is true for each of us is a very personal concern and can rarely be debated with success.

    My sincere apologies for not responding sooner to your lovely comments on my blog. I've been trying to balance a number of things and am hoping to catch up and read more of your fine work. Thank you for this post.

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    1. Well, That's an interesting take on what I wrote. I don't know that I believe that we all have our own truth. If something is true, it is true apart from what we think about it. However, I agree with you that our personal issues and our personal experience give us each our individual perspective and preferences that we might define as personal truths. However, there is an absolute truth that is true for all of us whether we claim it or not.

      I truly appreciate you stopping by, Michael. You are one of my favorite bloggers, with unmatched insightfulness. I appreciate your comments. Maria

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  3. Knowledge is a tricky thing, isn't it? What one person knows can be unknowable by another, and sometimes we are very hard on one another about it. Thought provoking post.
    Thanks for stopping by this week,
    AJ @ Naturally Sweet
    An A-Z Co-host blog
    Tweet me! @ayjaylauer

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    1. Thank you too for stopping by, AJ. Yes, we can help each other out by giving them a view of themselves of what they can't see, or we can hurt them with misapplied 'honesty'. Stay sweet. Maria

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  4. I like this post. I spent ten years working my way through college to obtain my doctorate because I was abused for just as many years and wanted to prove that I was not "stupid." Then I realized that I could spend my entire life at the university and never know all there was to know, but what I really needed to know was true before I even started my university education--that I was not "stupid."

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    1. Very insightful, Darla Sue. Life is a journey of learning. Once we stop trying to prove something, we are free just to delight in what we learn. And you are certainly not stupid as anyone who visits your blogs quickly learns. God bless, Maria

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    2. Thank you, Maria. God bless you, as well.

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  5. How nice it is in the midst of our busy days to stop and consider this! A lovely post.
    And thank you for visiting me at Variety, the spice of life. Mary at Variety, the Spice of Life

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    1. Thank you too, Mary, for returning the visit. I am grateful for all I learn and how I grow from visiting others in the challenge. God bless, Maria

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  6. Hola Maria,

    I was browsing the comments for a post in the A-Z April Challenge main page then I saw your name and I was, Ohhh!! She stole my name! Haha, kidding.

    Opening your page was a real delight with the Ps 37:4-7a right under the header. I have been agnostic for quite a while due to a bad incident that affected our highly devout Catholic family. But I must say, it's hard to forget my Catholic values so even though I am venturing away, I am still a faithful.

    Sorry my comment isn't really related to this blog entry but know that I am browsing through one and each f them and I love the theme you have for A-Z April Challenge.

    Have a great week ahead,
    Maria :)

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    1. Maria, I hope that the Lord will draw you back to Himself on your journey and I am blessed for any small part I have played in making that happen. The Word of God is living and active. So glad you stopped by. Be blessed, Maria

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  7. Pontius Pilate's question to Christ rings out through the ages, "What is truth?" In this age of moral relativism, where truth is flexible and personal we are all in grave danger. God is truth. Jesus said I am the truth, not I know the truth...I am the truth. Good enough for me!

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    1. I couldn't agree more. There is a cancer in our world called moral relativism. It is important to talk about truth and understand where this cancer has infected so we can treat it and be healed. Thanks for your comments. God bless, Maria

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  8. I love this post Maria thank you. So many important questions --- and The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom is such an interesting scripture which can be confusing to me sometimes. I know that there is another scripture that says the opposite .. I can't think of it at the moment. But this is what I love - the paradoxes and ambiguities, all true - and more so when you really do know - as in Jesus: I am the truth.
    Thank you!
    Garden of Eden Blog

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement, Susan. I have spent a good deal of time thinking about that verse and I know that there is a great deal more to grasp within it. God bless, Maria

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  9. I thank God that HE alone is truth. We don't really KNOW anything, unless we know him.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in Mare. In Jesus we find the truth that is God. He is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom. God bless, Maria

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  10. This is so true!! I think questions will always come to me about the known and unknown. We must seek or we will never find. - Ellie worldruler007.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ellie. All of us have questions worth thinking about and searching out. Seeking is good. God bless, Maria

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