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Ever Learning, Never Learning

In 2 Timothy 3:7, Paul spoke of people who are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” What might the problem be?

They may be listening to the wrong source. God’s word is truth (John 17:17). Preachers, scholars, experts, etc., may have it all wrong. Don’t just accept whatever you are told. Read the Bible for yourself.

They may be learning with wrong motives. A desire to know and do God’s will is essential (John 7:17). Some look at the Bible merely out of curiosity. Some are looking to find fault. Some, perhaps not realizing so, are mostly looking to confirm what they already believe. Some are much more interested in speculative theories than simple facts and instructions.

They may be poorly handling the text. Learning the truth requires “handling accurately the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). As with any other document, correctly interpreting the Bible requires paying attention to context, care in noting what is and is not said (not “reading between the lines”), listening to all that is said, dealing fairly (not arbitrarily) with the text, etc. Ignoring these commonsense measures results in endless error.

God has blessed us with His word. Let’s approach it humbly and honestly, ever seeking only the truth.

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