Let the knowledge of the Lord So permeate my being that There is less and less of self, More and more of God, In my dealings with my fellow man; That the Christ may be in all, Through all, in His name. 262-95
[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-96 through 262-99]
Seeking for knowledge has led us into the intricate tangle of physical existence. When the call, "Where art thou?" came to Adam, it brought the realization that God-given powers of creative thinking had been misused. Then fear and doubt became entrenched within our heart.
The first "don't" was: "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Adam in his weakness made the choice which led him into tribulation, toil, and misunderstanding, for he did not choose the knowledge of good, but he chose the selfish use of the divine power of creative thought, which brought to him confusion, destruction and death. Humankind (a spiritual being), taking things into its own hands, still makes itself ridiculous in the eyes of its Maker by flaunting its knowledge of things that be, not even knowing that they have always been.
What is true knowledge? We have knowledge when we seek to express less and less of self and more and more of God in our dealings with our fellow human beings; for the expression of self is that which hinders us in gaining knowledge of the more perfect way. True knowledge is of God, not apart from God. It is shown fully in our unselfish dealings with our fellow humans day by day, as we manifest the spirit that we care, that we understand, and that we are willing to take a portion of their burden when they are bowed down with the cares of the world. It is being willing for Christ's sake to aid those in distress, to feed those who are hungry. The world is crying for this knowledge.
Knowledge is the ability that enables us to live in harmony with the laws of the universe. This again is known to us when we become selfless, and rid ourselves of the little differences that breed hate, contempt, and those things that hurt our fellow humans in our dealings with them. Do we understand that to forgive is knowledge, to be friendly is knowledge, to be selfless in the midst of a selfish world is knowledge? It takes an understanding of only one law to do these things, and this law is love.
Knowledge Is of God
God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all. The Father judges us by our activities. We dwell then in the light as we study to show ourselves approved unto Him and are workers who are not ashamed of the things that will prove our sincerity and our earnestness. We know that as God is the Author of knowledge, He is the Supreme Judge of all, and that when we judge our fellow humans we are assuming the office of the Lord. "Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?"
Knowledge Is Power
Knowledge is power, yet power may become an influence that brings evil, when it is not used constructively. Hence, let us become more and more aware of the desire to be the channels through whom God may carry out His will. Secular knowledge is man-made. The knowledge of God does not bind us to dogmas, or man-made beliefs; rather it sets us free.
Worldly knowledge causes many to become faint, many to fall away. Have we emptied ourselves of tradition, of malice and of hate? Do we encourage the weak, strengthen the fainthearted, and know that in such activities we gain a more perfect knowledge of God's way? In such application of knowledge we will find an understanding of ourselves, and learn to interpret ourselves in our relation to others, as well as in our relation to God.
In our study of the needs for cooperation we found the following statement: "Gaining an understanding of the laws that pertain to right living in all its phases makes our minds in attune with Creative Forces," which are in His Consciousness, One of the first of these laws is to know ourselves. In our lesson "Know Thyself," we approach the study of the physical body as a part of our own being. Here, in our lesson "Knowledge," we must turn to a study of the body as it relates to, and indeed pictures, the universe. We should know of the functioning of the organs which are constantly carrying on the processes of digestion, assimilation, and reconstruction of tissue, but it is more important that we should know something of the creative powers that operate through the spiritual centers. Such knowledge is power; for unless our knowledge brings to us as individuals an understanding of a regenerated life and an ability to live with others, we are failing to fulfill our destiny.