INSUFFICIENCY OF KNOWLEDGE
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).
Most people, and learned people especially, have all kinds of knowledge that
does not in the least affect or improve their practical lives. Doctors know all
about hygiene, but often live in an unhealthy accumulated wisdom of the ages,
and assent to most of it, continue to do foolish and stupid things in their own
personal lives. Now, knowledge such as this is only opinion, or head
knowledge, as some people call it. It has to become heart knowledge, or to be
incorporated into the subconscious, before it can really change one. The modern
psychologists in their efforts to “re-educate the subconscious” have the right
idea, though they have not yet discovered the true method of doing so, which is
by single-minded prayer, or the Practice of the Presence of God.
Jesus, of course, thoroughly understood all this, and that is why he stresses
the fact that we have to be pure in heart.
© 1931 by Emmet Fox
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