Ever had too much information? I have heard that if we were to measure the sum of all knowledge available to us lineally (in just a straight line) this is what has been found: Since the beginning of time to 1945, the total would not exceed 1 centimeter…yep just 1cm. From 1945 to 1999 it was as high as the flagpole over the Australian Parliament House. Since 1999 to now…well, heaven knows!
We are flooded with information and it’s availability, to us, is unprecedented. The Internet has opened up vast amounts of knowledge, information and misinformation. We are communicating further and faster than any other point in time. The language barriers are dropping and we are gradually returning to the times prior to Babel when all men spoke just one language.
Knowledge is power. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Babel was for man’s own good.
Even when Jesus was here in human form, He could have let us ‘have it’ all at once… I don’t think we could handle it. In fact, Jesus being wise, thought the same thing.
“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. John 16:12-15
As Christians we know this: The Holy Spirit resides in us. Based on the Scripture above, the Holy Spirit contains all knowledge – what was, what is and what is yet to come. And He will ‘guide’ us into all truth. Guide us into… a gradual process and not just dump on us the lot, “Hear, cop that!”.
I’m glad that is the case… personally speaking I’d think I’d blow up if that happened. I couldn’t handle it physically (brains too small), intellectually (yep, brains too small) or emotionally (hey! I’m a bloke for starters).
The exciting news is that we have access to all that knowledge as and when we need it. The Holy Spirit is our councilor:
When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. John 16:8-11
Isn’t THIS the information we need to know right now? What do you think?