6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. – 2 Timothy 3:6-7
Paul’s warning here reminded me of a type of person that I frequently run across and that I at one time used to be. Some people are obsessed with learning, but they never change and in truth never seem to learn much of anything. When we learn something that we didn’t previously know, it will often require us to change to adapt to this new understanding. None of us are perfect and so we must often admit errors and faults and correct our paths accordingly. Paul is warning against those who make a great deal out of learning even though it never gets past a good idea stage in their lives. They never arrive at the truth. There is no one so dangerous as the man who is convinced he knows everything there is to know, except perhaps the one who acts as though that is the case (whether he says it or not). When you come to God’s Word, expect that it will lead you to change as you grow in understanding His ways. This is a sure sign of a man (or woman) of faith.