Godly learning brings us to the knowledge of God and His love.
Job 22:21–22: Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you. 22 Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in your heart.
Psalm 107:43: Whoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.
Jeremiah 9:24: But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD.
Luke 10:21: In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.”
John 17:3: And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
Godly learning helps us to be more like Jesus and to conform to His will.
Colossians 1:10: That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;
2 Peter 1:2–8: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 ¶ But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Understanding of the natural world is acquired only as God reveals it.
Job 32:7–8: I said, ‘Age should speak, And multitude of years should teach wisdom.’ 8 But there is a spirit in man, And the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.
Job 36:22: Behold, God is exalted by His power; Who teaches like Him?
Proverbs 2:6–7,9: For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice, Equity and every good path.
Ecclesiastes 2:26: For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.
Daniel 2:21–22: And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. 22 He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.
Romans 1:19–20: Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
Godly learning is founded on God’s Word.
Psalm 119:130: The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
John 8:31–32: Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
John 17:17: Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
2 Timothy 3:16–17: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Secular thinking, in refusing to acknowledge God, is void of absolute truth and wisdom.
Job 21:14: Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
Psalm 14:1: The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.
Proverbs 1:29–31: Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD, 30 They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke. 31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
Jeremiah 8:9: The wise men are ashamed, They are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD; So what wisdom do they have?
Romans 1:21–22,28: because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
1 Corinthians 3:18–20: Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness"; 20 and again, "The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."
1 Corinthians 8:1–2: Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies. 2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
Wisdom and truth are not found through the pursuit of worldly knowledge.
Job 32:9: Great men are not always wise, Nor do the aged always understand justice.
Ecclesiastes 1:18: For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
Ecclesiastes 12:12: And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.
1 Corinthians 1:25: Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
2 Timothy 3:7: Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Pray to discern between what is true and beneficial and what is false and perverse.
Romans 16:19: For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.
2 Corinthians 11:3: But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Ephesians 4:14,17–18: That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. 17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
Colossians 2:6–8: As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:21: Test all things; hold fast what is good.
1 Timothy 6:20–21: O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge— 21 by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.
2 Timothy 2:16–17: But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort.
2 Peter 3:17: You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked.