Knowledge Without Wisdom
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Knowledge Without Wisdom
© 2001 by Paul Bond
possessed only by sharing; it is safeguarded by wisdom and
socialized by love.
Modern society has suffered greatly in the twentieth century as a
result of secular revolt, materialism, and atheism. As earth made
the transition from the nineteenth century to the twentieth, it was
plunged into a suicidal destiny never before experienced in its long
and turbulent history. Will we survive? Knowledge Without Wisdom,
together with the recording of the evolving circumstances,
punctuated points, and defining moments of the twentieth century and
beyond, is a commentary on the transformation of modern
The secularism of the twentieth century will go on record as the
most devastating, soul-destroying epoch in history. Our modern
secularism was fostered by two worldwide influences: first, the
domination of Western civilization by the Christian church and,
second, nineteenth century “science.” Modern secularism began
as a rising protest against the complete domination of Western
civilization by the institutionalized Christian church. The
incompatible parents of secularism were, therefore, the
narrow-minded and godless attitude of nineteenth century “science”
on the one hand and, on the other hand, the totalitarian Christian
As our planet exited the twentieth century, we saw that the
prevailing intellectual and philosophical climate of all Western and
Eastern life was decidedly secular-humanistic. For the preceding
three centuries, Western thinking was progressively secularized. As
a result, the majority of professed Christians of Western
civilization are actually unwitting secularists. Religion has more
or less become a nominal influence — nothing more than a ritualistic
exercise as demonstrated by the Vatican of Rome.
In the 1,900 years since the cross at Golgotha, mankind had been
living in a distinctly agrarian society that provided the
scaffolding for life in a civilized world. Savagery and barbarism
have always been the response of mortal beings to danger and fear.
The nineteenth and twentieth centuries demonstrate this in a way we
as mortals hardly recognize. Such is our universal denial.
Ancient history records that mankind was not always so primitive
and fearful, that hundreds of thousands of years ago men and women
lived courageously in a civilization that makes our modern example
look savage. That civilization was later known as Dilmun, situated
in the southern region of Mesopotamia, now known as the Persian
Gulf. So how did the evolving races become so fearful, worshipping
just about anything and anybody who presented themselves?
Knowledge Without Wisdom will investigate this conundrum.
As readers immerse themselves in the recorded history of the
twentieth century, the mystery will unfold and become clear. After
reading the evidence presented in this book, readers will see
evidence that we who dwell on this planet have done ourselves and
future generations a great disservice. Although we have attained a
great storehouse of knowledge through the centuries, we have failed
utterly to augment this abundance with the requisite wisdom to allow
our natural evolution to occur.
Modern society does not recognize that without the thrilling
message of Jesus’ life, we would still be languishing in a world of
myth and mysticism. Humankind was previously indoctrinated by
mythical stories of times during which primitive peoples believed in
the gods who go on a rampage in the storm, who shake the earth with
their wrath, who strike down men in their anger, and who inflict
their judgments of displeasure in times of famine and flood — the
gods of primitive religion. They are not the gods who rule the
The ideas of Jesus need to be restated; messages of love and
brotherhood, as attested to in the New Testament, must be reiterated
to remind us all of Christ’s goodness. It is unfortunate that
superstition, myth-making, and mysticism were then and still are
today our most cherished reactions to anything out of the ordinary,
weird, or paranormal. Man has thrived on this approach, having
always been a myth-maker, relying on and prepared to believe the
messenger, rather than to deal with reality and truth. In short, we
are lazy; we prefer to take our information second-hand, providing
that it makes us feel comfortable and removes our fears.
A great power, a mighty influence was brought to bear, to free
the thinking and living of the Western peoples from the iron-clad
grasp of ecclesiastical totalitarianism and its ungodly domination
over man. The rising tide of secularism broke this grasp of church
control. Now it has established a new and godless type of mastery
over the hearts and minds of modern humankind.
The tyrannical and dictatorial political state is the direct
offspring of scientific materialism and philosophical secularism. No
sooner is man freed by secularism from the domination of the
institutionalized church than it delivers man into slavish bondage
to the totalitarian and socialist state. Secularism delivers man
from ecclesiastic slavery only to lure him into the tyranny and
oppression of political and economic slavery. Slavery is slavery.
Materialists deny God; secularists ignore God. As our planet
transited through the latter part of the last century, secularism
took on a more militant stance as evinced by so-called political
correctness and other manifestations of the secular humanists.
Twenty-first-century secularism insists that man does not need God.
Yet, in fact, nothing can take the place of God in our society.
While we should never surrender the beneficent gains of the secular
revolt against totalitarian religion, secularism will never bring
peace to our planet. The great mistake of secularists is that they
went beyond freedom from the bondage of religious totalitarianism to
institute a revolt against God himself — sometimes overtly,
There is no denying we owe to the secular revolt the amazing
technological advancements of American industrialism and the
unprecedented material progress of Western civilization. We all
enjoy many liberties and satisfactions resulting from the secular
revolt. Because it went too far and resulted in losing sight of God
and true religion, however, there also appeared the unsolicited
harvest of two world wars and countless regional conflicts resulting
in international discord. We must realize that this godless
philosophy of human society only leads to more animosity,
unhappiness, unrest, social dysfunction, wars, and worldwide
That the secularists antagonized true religion in order to get
their way was not essential. It is not necessary to abandon our
faith in God to enjoy the benefits and blessings of the modern
secular revolt. The promotion of science and education would have
been just as easily achieved by the secularists had they not
confronted true religion. Without wisdom, however, they had
difficulty recognizing true religion and its fruits — tolerance,
social service, true democratic government, and civil liberties.
Without God and without religion, scientific secularism is unable
to coordinate its forces, harmonize its divergent and competitive
interests, races, and nationalism. Twentieth-century secular
humanist society has utterly failed, exposing its inhabitants as a
bankrupt society without virtue, lacking principles, ethics, morals,
and values — all of the goodness extolled by Jesus of Nazareth.
Secular humanism is disintegrating. The only cohesive force
resisting the final disintegration is nationalism. And nationalism
is the primary barrier to world peace.
The inherent weakness of secular humanism is that it discards
virtues and religion, replacing them with politics and power.
Secular socialism and political optimism are simply cruel illusions.
How can a society be established after the life and teachings of
Jesus when it inaugurates the brotherhood of man but denies the
fatherhood of God? For modern society to believe it can march
ignorantly toward a continuation of the insanity we now accept as
commonplace is not only inconsistent with recorded history, it
dispels and repudiates the vast storehouse of knowledge acquired
during our long and laborious climb from primitive savagery to the
modern age. Without God, no amount of science and material wealth
will lead to worldwide peace.
The complete secularization of science, education, industry, and
society in the West and East will lead to ultimate disaster. During
this twentieth century we murdered more human beings than during the
whole nineteen centuries of the Christian dispensation leading up to
this age. This is only a glimpse of the terrible harvest yet to come
if materialism and secularism continue unabated through the
Christianity has done a great service to our world. But what we
need most now are the teachings of Jesus. It’s futile to speak of a
revival of primitive Christianity, with the spiritual menace of a
galaxy of “saints and martyrs” who were assumed to have
special privileges and influences at the divine courts, and
therefore able to intercede on behalf of man before the Gods.
The world needs to see Jesus living again on earth in the
experience of spirit-born mortals who effectively reveal the Master
to all men — and never once ask for or receive material compensation
for doing so. In Jesus, the universe produced a mortal man in whom
the spirit of love triumphed over the material handicaps of time and
overcame the fact of physical origin. The beauty and sublimity, the
humanity and divinity, the simplicity and uniqueness of Jesus’ life
on earth — all these present such a striking and appealing picture
of man-saving and God-revealing that the theologians and
philosophers should be effectively restrained from forming creeds or
creating theological systems of spiritual bondage out of them —
because Jesus was nothing less than the transcendental bestowal of
God in the form of man.
Next to the declaration that his Father is a living and loving
Kingdom of God is Within you” was the greatest
pronouncement Jesus ever made. Bear in mind that God needs man and
man needs God. This is a mutually necessary relationship for the
full and final attainment of eternal personality experience and the
divine destiny that awaits each of us after death.
The acquisition of wisdom is the as yet undiscovered goal of all
who live in this and future ages. For without obtaining wisdom and
augmenting it with knowledge, we will hardly survive this new
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