God's People Are Destroyed For Lack of Knowledge

Written by Michael Bradley

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Grab a hold of these 7 verses - especiallyrepparttar first two.

  1. "Happy isrepparttar 148280 man who finds wisdom, andrepparttar 148281 man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better thanrepparttar 148282 profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and allrepparttar 148283 things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her." (Proverbs 3:13)
  2. "How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver." (Proverbs 16:16)
  3. "There is gold and a multitude of rubies, butrepparttar 148284 lips of knowledge are a precious jewel." (Proverbs 20:15)
  4. "Butrepparttar 148285 excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it." (Ecclesiastes 7:12)
  5. "Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it." (Proverbs 16:22)
  6. "Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledgerepparttar 148286 rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches." (Proverbs 24:3)
  7. "Wisdom strengthensrepparttar 148287 wise more than ten rulers of that city." (Ecclesiastes 7:19)
Notice inrepparttar 148288 first verse that God says that "happy" isrepparttar 148289 man who finds wisdom, and that having knowledge and wisdom will help lengthenrepparttar 148290 number of days that you might live down here on this earth. He then says that knowledge will also bring you peace and be a tree of life to you and your life.

This "tree of life" is what stimulates those who seek after knowledge. There is nothing more challenging, more rewarding and more thrilling than seeking afterrepparttar 148291 knowledge of God on a particular subject or issue that you may really be interested in.

And to top all of this off - all ofrepparttar 148292 knowledge and wisdom that you receive from God onrepparttar 148293 different parts of your life down here on earth will all go with you intorepparttar 148294 next life - which will be heaven. However, not one ounce of all ofrepparttar 148295 gold, rubies, silver and wealth of this world will go with yourepparttar 148296 minute you die and cross over. All of that earthly material wealth will rot and perish as far as you are concerned - because not one ounce, not one penny will go with you torepparttar 148297 other side!

That is why God is placing such an extremely high value onrepparttar 148298 pursuit of His knowledge and wisdom for us in this life. That is why God is telling us inrepparttar 148299 above verses that seeking after His knowledge and wisdom in this life will give you true life.

Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible knowledge commentary and teaching. The article was an excerpt from Michael's E-book titled, Seeking After the Knowledge of God © 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.

Chicken Soup with Chopsticks (Excerpts from Chapter One)

Written by Jack Botwinik

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It wasrepparttar first time we had held hands. Thoughts ofrepparttar 148245 biblical symbolism ofrepparttar 148246 serpent andrepparttar 148247 fact that she was Chinese pulsated through my mind. Atrepparttar 148248 same time, I was taken aback by her forthrightness. It was only our second date. I took a slow, deep breath.

“As you know, Belinda, I’m marriage-minded. You told me you were too. But, I’m not interested in just getting married, having children, and leading a normal life. That’srepparttar 148249 minimum of what I would expect. I want to reach forrepparttar 148250 moon, grow together with a life-long partner, embark on an adventure with this person that would make a difference inrepparttar 148251 world.”

The snake began to slither its way up my sleeve, and I pleaded for help. I don’t recall anything else we talked about that evening.

* * *

When I met Belinda, I had little interest in religious Judaism. I was unaware of its unique spiritual treasures and their relevance to today’s world. In fact, like many of my peers, I had an affinity for secular Jewish culture, and that is where it stopped...

In college and university I took courses in political philosophy and became interested in Marxism, Platonism, socialism, humanism, feminism, and any other “ism” that was popular in academia. I wondered if any of them wasrepparttar 148252 key to fixingrepparttar 148253 world and ushering in a utopia. I delved intorepparttar 148254 teachings of Christianity and Buddhism. I traveled torepparttar 148255 Arctic for a month, hoping to taste native spirituality. I joinedrepparttar 148256 army and sought, but did not find, patriotic pride. I spent two summers in Israel working on a kibbutz and interviewingrepparttar 148257 vatikim, or elders, those idealists who leftrepparttar 148258 relative comfort of their European homes inrepparttar 148259 '30s and '40s to go to a harsh and barren land and pioneer a new experiment in socialism. At one point I seriously considered moving to a kibbutz and dedicating my life torepparttar 148260 principle “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” Later, when I moved to Toronto, I toyed with New Age ideas and started frequenting an ashram...

Belinda and I began to explore different religions together, and we frequently talked about spiritual matters. We also talked about Disney, travel, computers, and Indian food. We were amazed at how much we had in common. Like typical romantic couples, we spent most of our free time with each other, sometimes engaging in juvenile activities. One of our favourite pastimes was to go to parks and look for trees to climb. Once we played an entire game of Chinese checkers seated high up on tree branches, with a bag of snacks hanging beside us.

I knew that when my parents found out about my latest girlfriend they would vehemently opposerepparttar 148261 relationship unless, perhaps, Belinda were to convert to Judaism. I feared being ostracized by my immediate family. Perhaps on a deeper level, I feared cutting myself off from my ethnic roots. As painful as these thoughts were, they did not deter me from pursuingrepparttar 148262 course on which I had already embarked.

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