Yet another post inspired by ‘coincidences’. My daughter and I watched the movie Good Will Hunting, and it contains a scene in which Sean, the counselor, expresses a realization about Will, the troubled young genius he is counseling. It parallels the quote by the late American physicist, Richard P. Feynman. Sean said:
“So if I asked you about art, you’d probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life’s work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I’ll bet you can’t tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You’ve never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that…. And I’d ask you about war, you’d probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, “once more unto the breach dear friends.” But you’ve never been near one. You’ve never held your best friend’s head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help.”
The same could be said about God. We can know all of His names and even memorize the Bible but not truly know Him. We can study about Him, but unless we interact with Him on a more personal level and actually put some of the things He said into practice and experience Him, we can never truly know Him. It reminds me of when Jesus said, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself,” as well as, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.”
Because the disciples had walked with and experienced Jesus, they knew Him. They didn’t just know about Him. And Jesus said if they knew Him, they knew the Father, too. Knowing and accepting, though, are too different things. Judas Iscariot experienced life with Jesus, but he betrayed Him and rejected Him as Messiah.
Knowing facts is not what counts. Knowing what someone or something is doing, knowing by experience and genuine understanding is what really counts.
Disclaimer: Although the movie has a good plot and was well done, because of the movie’s vulgarity, I would not recommend it.
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