Knowledge Of Good Or Evil – Pastor E.A Adeboye
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5
Many people don’t know that it is dangerous, if not a curse, to posses the knowledge of evil. To have the knowledge of evil is to know how to do evil. In Genesis 3:5, when the devil told our first parents that their eyes would be open and they would be like God, knowing good and evil, he was literally saying “you will know how to do evil”, even though he did not tell them he was teaching them how to do evil.
This is why it is wise for every child of God to understand the source and the nature of any knowledge they acquiring. In James 3:17, the Holy Spirit recommends the type of applied knowledge we should seek after, saying:
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be in treated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
Do you know that some people acquire knowledge that destroys their entire life? When a young boy learns how to smoke marijuana or other narcotic substances, he becomes emboldened and begins to feel he has “become a man”. What folly this is! When a young girl is introduced to premarital sex, she may be deceived that such carnal knowledge will make her “a real woman”.
Although she may be excited about it, the truth is she only learned how to do evil, and it will I’m turn destroy her destiny. This is why parents must endeavor to dull their children with godly knowledge before it is too late. God’s wisdom in Proverbs 22:6 says: ” Train up a child in the way that he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
There are ways the devil introduce his “curriculum” on the knowledge of evil to mankind. In today’s Bible reading, he used the deductive method to achieve his goal. He asked: “Did God say that you should not eat of the every tree of the garden?” He was pretending not to know which of the fruits I’m the garden was forbidden.
Would God have arranged for his children to starve by commanding them not to rest of every tree of the garden? Even today, the devil still uses this style. For example, he may come to you saying “Did God say you should not drink any wine?” The answer is definitely “No, what God said is that I should not drink alcoholic wine.”
He may also say to you, “Yes, I know God would not want you to have sex because it is bad!” The answer is “No, what God said is that I can only have sex with my spouse.” The devil is a liar, please don’t believe his lies.