Scientific knowledge is rooted in facts and evidence. Pride and humility, on the other hand, originate within a person’s soul and are the result of one’s attitude and perspective.
Scientific knowledge varies greatly from one person to the next. Just as some people build up a large balance in their bank account, others retain a massive amount of scientific knowledge within their mind.
It is natural for man to become proud of his knowledge and accomplishments. Arrogance is a state of mind that occurs whenever you think more highly of yourself than others, and even more highly of yourself than God. Such smugness never ends well. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
There are two ways you can respond to an accumulation of personal wealth or an abundance of personal scientific knowledge. You can either be humbled by such a huge surplus, or you can choose to look down on those who possess less wealth or less knowledge.
True success in life depends upon how I view myself in relation to others; and more importantly, how I view myself in relation to God. A successful person is humble before God and man. Successful people recognize how completely lost they would be without God. And therefore, they live with a deep appreciation and profound awareness of the Lord’s mercy and grace in their life.
Do you give God thanks for your scientific knowledge, or do you merely pat yourself on the back for having acquired so much information? The way you respond to your scientific knowledge will determine whether you walk in pride or in humility. One approach leads to destruction, while the other results in righteousness.
The apostle Paul summed it up beautifully: “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Cor. 4:7)
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dan Delzell