Updated: Dec 16, 2017
As knowledge increases, the understanding of men expands, but the moral responsibility among men diminishes, and the fine line between right from wrong is fading.
The more we understand, the more we fail to enact the responsibilities of what we have learned. What could be the reason for the dilemma of a progression regression?
Instinctively the word "understanding" brings to mind the idea to discern and rightly so, but a closer look at the word, will establish its rightful purpose. Without which, though the mind understands a given scenario, yet, it is imbalance to discern judgment. Therefore, the idea of "understanding" has its foundation in the word "between.” Consequently, to rightly understand is to discern between. The discernment between good and evil. Without which those who understand, yet, their understanding is incomplete, and their judgment is flawed, thus rending the individual corrupt.
Like the great minds of the world, of whom are hailed for their prestigious understanding for their given expertise. Many of whom in their understanding they do not discern evil because of their rejection of God. For him who discerns evil must know there is a greater than evil which is good, and is of God, and is God. But for their rejection of God, though they understand, they fail to understand to discern between good and evil, right and wrong. Therefore, the result of their understanding combined availeth naught. However, when that which is right is distinguished from that which is wrong. When evil is distinguished from good, then shall the mind clearly perceives by seeing the contrast between right and wrong, good and evil. So then, true understanding is from God because until the mind discerns evil from good and God as good. The mind is only seen in part, but not as whole.
For how can darkness be explained without the mentioned of light? So then, the mind that rejects God, it will never obtain understanding in its fullness. But for the few who believe in God, though they now walk in the light, they from the beginning walked in darkness. Therefore, are aware of its ravaging effects, though we oppose evil because we believe in that which is good, but we do not deny the presence of evil nor waver to distinguish the wrong from right.
Thus, the understanding of those who believe in God and His righteousness is superior to those who understand, but fails to retain God in their understanding. For we obtain understanding not as the gathering of knowledge like a collection of data. It is not how much we know, rather how well we apply that which we have learned. Spurgeon once said, “to know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it.”
A knowledge possessed must be a knowledge use in wisdom. Until it is rightly used, it is a knowledge wasted, and wisdom corrupted. Nevertheless, that which we now understand is given to us from God that it may be used to govern our lives and for the governing of the people. This is wisdom, the discernment to judge by distinguishing wrong from right, good from evil. One can only obtain such understanding by knowing within them dwells nothing that is good, but by the willing acceptance of God's grace for His imputed righteousness.
Wherewith we know that which is right by knowing the opposite of that which is right. Acknowledging good from evil, right from wrong, this is true understanding. Without this, society enters the stage of unaccountability. This is the beginning of recklessness, tyranny and self-inflicted problems. When the influence of the people is no longer morality, it becomes an influence that hinders progress.