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The Greater the Knowledge the Greater is the Pain.

Updated on April 29, 2013

The Greater the Knowledge the Greater the Pain.

In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 1, verse 18 states: “For in the abundance of wisdom there is an abundance of vexation, so that he that increases knowledge increases pain.”

Solomon probably is thinking of the futility of human endeavors in all matters other than the carrying out of God’s commands. Thus in verses 13 and 14 of same bible book he wrote:

“And I set my heart to seek and explore wisdom in relation to everything that has been done under the heavens—the calamitous occupation that God has given to the sons of mankind in which to be occupied. I saw all the works that were done under the sun, and, look! everything was vanity and a striving after wind.” – (New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.)

A man may gain knowledge and wisdom in many fields, or he may explore deeply some specialized field, and such knowledge and wisdom may be proper in themselves, though not directly related to God’s declared purpose. Yet, with such increased knowledge and wisdom the man may well become more keenly aware of how limited his opportunities are to use his knowledge and wisdom because of his short life span and because of the problems and bad conditions that confront and oppose him in imperfect human society. – As explained in the bible encyclopedia -- Insight on the Scriptures.

It is very frustrating to gain abudance of knowledge if in a very short span of your life, your body gradualy deteriorates, and so much so if you can not explain why. This is vexing, producing a painful sense of frustration as clearly stated in the book of Romans, chapter 8, verses 20-22, quoted verbatim as follows: “For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will but through him that subjected it, on the basis of hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 For we know that all creation keeps on groaning together and being in pain together until now.” – (New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures)

But there is hope, as clearly stated in same book written by Solomon in Ecclesiastes chapter 12, verses 13 and 14: “13 The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the [true] God and keep his commandments. For this is the whole [obligation] of man. 14 For the [true] God himself will bring every sort of work into the judgment in relation to every hidden thing, as to whether it is good or bad.” – (New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures)

Thus, too, the knowledge obtained by ‘devotion to many books,’ unless tied in with and put to use in the carrying out of God’s commands, is “wearisome to the flesh.”—Ecclesiastes 12:12.

Conversely, scienctist of today are suffering so much pain as they understood more about our ecology and the gradual increase of global temperature. As compared to an ordinary man who is not trained to understand the law of nature he probably does not worry at all, because he does not know.

That is the reason why I said: The greater the knowledge the greater the pain.

By: ronytparagas


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      Jeff 8 years ago

      Nice thought. I stumbled upon this due to a similar thought by Orson Scott Card and I was interested to see if there were others who had shared a similar vision. Read Ender's Shadow.

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      Gener Geminiano 8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Brilliant! Scientist have immense knowledge and they could probably predict what's ahead of 'em... these pains them though...