The question with which we concern ourselves in this article is why some men are ever learning and never knowing (2 Tim. 3:7). We think the reason is that truth brings pain to the corrupt heart of fallen man. The entrance of divine light on the darkness of the fallen soul is like the application of iodine to an open sore. People have an aversion to pain. If truth brings pain, people will have an aversion to truth.
So it is that some are ever learning and never knowing. They have experience after experience with truth but never grow in knowledge, because they are always fleeing rather than coming to it. The more they learn, consequently, the less of the truth they know. Thus as the sensitive eye shuts itself ever tighter to the light as more light falls upon it, so the blind eye of the soul closes more and more as divine truth comes to it. It seems paradoxical that more light should bring more darkness and more truth more ignorance, but it is not so when we consider that the eye of the soul reacts adversely to the entrance of light. The more light enters, the more negatively the soul will react.
But there seems to be a problem. Is it not a fact that some unsound persons actually do know a great deal about Christianity, however much an exception to the rule they may be? It is a fact indeed. But how is it then, if they themselves never come to a knowledge of the truth, they do learn some of it? The explanation, it seems to me, is that such people wrest the Scriptures so as to be able to rest in them. And this wresting is done several ways, three of which are fashionable in our day. I will briefly mention them.
The first way in which Scripture can be wrested is by simple misinterpretation. For convenience, let us call this the ...1
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