Information Versus Knowledge
It’s been a great project of humankind to accumulate and disseminate information. To preserve it for posterity. Collecting facts about our world and the way it works is an instinctive act—life would be unrecognizable without it. Indeed, information is precious. To be informed that we can generate warmth and light and flames by combining friction and a few pieces of dry wood is indispensable; to be informed that we can slash mortality rates with hand-washing before surgery is invaluable; and of course, to be informed that God loved the world so deeply that He emptied Himself into the body of a Jewish baby is inconceivable. We need information. But for all the truth information brings to the human mind, it does have its limits. When we’re shivering in a forest at night, we must not only be informed about fire-making, we must have spent our time and energy applying it. We must know the right kind of wood to gather, we must know how to make a tinder nest out of dry grass and leaves; and we must know what to do once the ember forms. Creating fire by friction is a marvelous truth. But for us to know that truth, we must have applied it. Likewise, to become Christlike, to become true, we must go beyond being informed, we must apply the information we have.