Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Fear Of God Is The Beginning Of Knowledge

Solomon was blessed with much wisdom and knowledge which allowed him to discover many things about the world around him.  He is credited with writing the book of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon in which he shared the wisdom and knowledge God had blessed him with.  He was so admired by all the kings and queens of other countries that they sought out his wisdom and paid tribute to him.  Like Solomon, we too can better understand the world God created for us if we truly desire to.

It has always been my belief that everyone should try and learn something new everyday.
It is something that I learned from an American history professor when I was in college.  She told the class that the more you know the more you know you do not know, and the day you stop learning is the day you give up on living.  So I have strove to learn all I can, but I have done so with the understanding that all knowledge comes from God. 

The fact that knowledge is not only beneficial for our minds, but also for our health was never so apparent than when I taught classes at a few retirement centers. I noticed that the residents who kept up on current events and attended some sort of class that helped them gain more knowledge, were the ones who stayed active and thus lived the longest.  On the other hand, those who refused to learn anything new, were also the ones who would refuse to join any activities and eventually they died at a younger age

It has been said that the most terrible thing about getting old, is that we fail to understand that our brain is not old. So when we are unable to do the physical things we used to do, we give up on the mental things we used to do also.  When that happens to an individual, then death is not far away.

As I said, all knowledge is of God and as Proverb 1:7 tells us;
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
There are those living among us who have gained a great amount of knowledge, but lack the wisdom to properly use that knowledge. For a season, Solomon himself quit relying on the wisdom he was blessed with and turned from God.  Israel paid dearly for the way he allowed his many wife's to turn his heart from God to other man made gods.  Like Solomon, many today profess to know God, but they would rather use their knowledge for less Godly reasons, even to the point of claiming that God is not the one and only true God as Solomon did in his later years.

Today these men and women use their knowledge to explain God and His commandments away.  Instead they would rather set themselves up as the arbiters of what is right and what is wrong. They see their weaknesses and instead of trying to correct them through the word of God, they would rather define morality to be the standard for which they themselves can achieve. I look at individuals like that and can only come to the conclusion that they have been educated beyond their intelligence. What they need to do is get back to understanding that God is the same today, yesterday and forever. Paul tells us, that those individuals are without excuse regardless of how hard they try to change God to fit in their little box.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, Romans 1:20-22
So with that, I offer you these little tidbits of knowledge in the hopes that someone may have broadened their understanding of the world we live in.


More than half of the total United
States coastline is in Alaska.

With a volume of water that is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined, the amount of water flowing into the Atlantic Ocean from the Amazon River makes it possible for a person who has traveled more than one hundred miles out to sea to still be able dip a fresh cup of water out of the ocean. Also, the 2.5 million square miles of rainforest this river meanders through produces more than 20% of the world's oxygen supply.


Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned
by any country. It contains 90% of the world's ice, 70% 
the worlds the fresh water, and as strange as it may sound, Antarctica has less humidity than China's Gobi desert. 
So although 99.6% of Antarctica is covered with ice, the 
fact that it gets less then 2 inches of precipitation a year, 
makes it the absolute driest place on the planet.


Brazil got its name from the nut,
not the other way around.


Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
Canada is an Indian word meaning "Big Village".


Only Warsaw Poland has a larger Polish
community than Chicago Illinois does.


Woodward Avenue in Detroit Michigan, carries the designation "M-1".
So named because it was the first paved road in the world.

Damascus, Syria
Damascus was a flourishing community almost 2 
thousand  years before Rome was founded in 753 BC.
Making it is the worlds oldest continuously inhabited city.

Istanbul , Turkey

Istanbul is the only city in the world
located on two continents, Europe and Asia.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles full name is:
El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de
Porciuncula and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.


Minnesota, the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", has more miles of
coastline than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined.

New York City

The term, "The Big Apple", was coined by touring jazz musicians in the 1930s who used the slang expression "apple" for any town or city they played in. Therefore, to play in New York City meant you hit the big time, thus "The Big Apple". The Big Apple  has more Irish people than Dublin Ireland, It has more Italians than in Rome Italy, & more Jews in than Tel Aviv, Israel.


There are no natural lakes in the state
of Ohio, every one is man made.

Pitcairn Island

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn
in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.


The first city to reach a population of 1 million people 
was Rome, Italy in the year 133 BC. As of today, 
there is a city called Rome on every continent.


Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.


The worlds smallest sovereign state under international law, is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M). Like the sovereign State of Vatican City it is also located in the city of Rome Italy. S.M.O.M has an area of two tennis courts and  as of 2001 it had a population of 80 citizens, only 20 less people than Vatican City.

Sahara Desert

In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, 
Algeria , which did not receive a drop of rain for 
ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth 
is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. 
There has been no rainfall there for two million years.


Spain literally means "the land of rabbits".

St. Paul , Minnesota

St. Paul was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named
Pierre 'Pig's Eye' Parrant who set up the first business there.


Chances that a road is unpaved: 1%
 in the U.S.A.75% in Canada


The deepest hole ever drilled by man, is the Kola 
Superdeep Borehole, in Russia . It reached a depth 
of 12,261 meters (about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles).
It was drilled for scientific research and gave up some
unexpected discoveries, one of which was a huge 
deposit of hydrogen so massive that the mud coming
 from the hole was boiling from it.

United States

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile 
in every five must be straight. These straight sections 
are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

The water of Angel Falls (the world's highest)
in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters). They
are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

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