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Democratizing Of Knowledge


Daniel 12:4 states that prior to the end of this age knowledge will increase.  Skeptics say that was an easy prediction to make, but knowing when this prophecy was inspired I'd argue that point.  It's a fact today that knowledge is increasing at an unseen exponential rate.  In his most vivid dreams Daniel could never have envisioned our technological advanced age. 


Some reports say that overall knowledge is doubling every 12 months and will soon double every 12 hours, but that's not all.  Access to this ever expanding world of knowledge is literally at our fingertips.  With the touch of a finger on our hand held devices we can know pretty much anything we want to know.  As Christians, we now have access to Biblical resources that Christians in times past could not conceive of let alone benefit from.  This should make us the most Biblically literate Christian community ever, but statistic say we're not.  Biblical illiteracy, even among Evangelical Christians, is a deadly disease that infects the health of the western world church.             


Hebrews 4:12 is well known but not so well applied these days.  "For the Word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."  The Word of God, the Bible, is no ordinary book.  When given the opportunity, the activation of the printed Word by the Holy Spirit into the living Word will carve the carnality from the core of who we are.  The double-edged Biblical blade will perform surgical procedures that will create in us the culture of Christ.  This metamorphic change in a life is what being a Christian is all about, or have we forgotten about that? 


Knowledge, including Biblical knowledge, is increasing at a rate faster than we can keep pace with.  It has now been democratized into the hands of the ordinary person on the street.  It's no longer for the educated elite.  For the Christian, it, along with the power and authority of the Holy Spirit, provides an opportunity for us to be the most effective Christians in human history.

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