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We live at the dawn of a scientific revolution, 

which every day, brings new findings from a 

wide range of scientific disciplines about 

what it means to be human . . . with great capacity & yet limited knowledge of some of the very basic & fundamental fields.

Following is a list of some very interesting areas of knowledge which may or may not have been known to us . . .

The question is can we ever know everything that is out there in the expanding field of knowledge?

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Keep Growing . . . Wisdom is Supreme

By P Chong

Originally Penned  on Wednesday, 17 March 2004

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom . . . ” Proverbs 4:7

No one can claim to know enough. Knowledge is dynamic and is ever growing. Either you keep pace with it or you’ll lag behind. A recent survey revealed that two-thirds of the nation’s doctors are – two years behind the breakthroughs in their own field. Think what that means for their patients! If you’re too busy to learn – you’re too busy to improve; before you know it, you’ll be equipped to live only in the past. Think how much you need to learn every day just to keep ahead of what you’re forgetting! You’ve got to become a continual learner! One of the greatest obstacles to growth isn’t ignorance, it’s knowledge, for the more you learn, the more you think you know it all. You become unteachable and stop growing. Don’t let it happen. Listen to what God says about your personal growth.

  • “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; . . . Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Prov 4:6,7)
  • “The Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Prov 2:6)
  • “A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength.” (Prov 24:5)
  • “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive . . . ” (2 Pet 1:5-8)

Give the Word of God a central place in your life today and make a commitment to keep growing in wisdom – for that’s the essence of happiness, knowledge and power. It is the stuff that a God-centred man is made of.

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

Proverbs 24:3-4 (NIV)

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.” – Psalm 127:1

Where do you start getting the knowledge of God? The right place is the Bible – from Genesis to Revelation. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and teaching in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Limited Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing

Limited Knowledge Is A Dangerous Thing

By Paul Chong

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Opinion is about the cheapest commodity in the world, freely and abundantly available. It costs nothing and people are ever willing to offer to be heard, irrespective whether they are experts on the subject or not. Of course, to be an expert takes years of study and even then nobody can claim to know everything there is to know, as knowledge is a dynamic matter that’s ever growing & changing.

As said, nobody can lay claim to know everything – not even an expert. In fact, an expert’s knowledge is so confined and restricted to his particular field of interest that he’s quite ignorant of other outside subjects. In Law itself, lawyers specialize in criminal law, corporate law & others. For this reason, often a panel of judges are advocated when dealing with an important issue.

In the early 60s, at the University of Malaya, we used to have visiting speakers like Lee Kuan Yew to address us. In one of those sessions chaired by Professor Wang Gangwu (then Chair of History), himself a fluent & eloquent speaker, this question was posed to the panel of speakers, “Who is more superior, a science student or an arts student?” The Professor responded that “though the science student may claim to be more intellectual, ultimately it’s the arts student that ends up being the boss & running the show.” Most world leaders are from the arts.

It is a verified truism that a single opinion cannot be totally acceptable. Thus in the courts of law appeals are allowable. At the High Court level, usually a panel of judges will preside over the case and a consensus opinion taken.

In any discussion, it is often difficult to see both sides of the picture. People tend to have preconceived ideas of things and hold steadfast to them. They become so dogmatic and indomitable about the whole issue that unending argument ensue. Under such a situation, it’s best not to fight it, for winning the argument may ultimately mean losing the friendship. There’s a saying “to run to live and fight another day”.

In this modern era, so-called experts are born everyday in every field of human endeavour. With IT (Information Technology) and the abundant materials freely accessible on the internet, everybody is becoming a scholar and an expert overnight.

Knowledge is dynamic and ever growing without any end in sight. You can’t know enough nor can you know it all. Sometimes, it’s hard to eat the humble pie, but eat it instead of crying over spilt milk.