The total of human knowledge is increasing at an astonishing rate. It is estimated that it took 300 years for knowledge to double after 1450, but only 150 years for it to double again. From 1900 to 1950 it doubled once more. It is now believed to double every 900 days and, after 2020 is expected to double every 72.
Only 200 years ago physicians thought that illness was caused by bad blood.
George Washington was virtually bled to death in 1799 as the favored treatment
for an obvious infection. One hundred years ago Henry Ford introduced the
assembly line and the Model T. Fifty years ago personal computers were unknown.
Twenty-five years ago the Internet was introduced to the public. Our access to
knowledge and the world has dramatically changed. What is there that we do not
know today that will be common knowledge tomorrow? What is it that we think we
know that will be proved wrong?
Each of us is able to comprehend only a small segment of the vast ocean of human
knowledge. And, when all our knowledge is compiled and computed it only
scratches the surface of the limitless universe. We are still confined to this
tiny spec of a planet. We have not been able to travel any further than the
moon. The vastness of the universe remains far beyond our reach. The closest
star, Proxima Centauri, is 4.33 light years away. Traveling at the fastest
speed imaginable with current technology, scientists estimate it would take
19,000 years to reach it. At our very best we can only observe the vast reaches
of the universe through our telescopes as though looking through a glass
Regarding God, we debate our axioms and truths as if we have complete and
comprehensive knowledge about God. We must always be reminded by the words of
the prophet when God says, “My ways are not your ways. My thoughts are not your
thoughts. As the heavens are above the earth, so are my thoughts above your
This is one of the reasons God sent his Son, simply because God is
incomprehensible. Knowledge of his universe is too vast. Knowledge of his
nature and character is too far beyond our mortal minds. As with his creation,
we can only observe and stand in awe.
We are like newborn babes first opening their eyes to a new world they have
never seen. We are like children giggling over new found discoveries on the
play ground: a stick, a flower, a worm, a caterpillar. I think God takes joy in
this. He takes pleasure in our discoveries of his intricate, complex and
mysterious creation. At the same time, he is grieved by our blindness. The
violence, cruelty, abuse and conflict that exists in the earth bears witness
that for all our advance in scientific and technological knowledge, we are
still unable to focus on the truths that matter most. Jesus, as God in human
flesh, was the only one who has ever known and seen all things clearly. For all
of our advances we have yet to learn the Sermon on the Mount and put it into